UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
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This vision drives UNFPA to advance a comprehensive approach to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights and it is one that has put the Fund at the forefront of some of development’s most sensitive and pressing issues. UNFPA is guided in its work by the Programme of Action adopted by 179 governments at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994, which contains the following goals:
The goals and principles of the ICPD have been incorporated into the Millennium Development Goals. In 2005 the goal of universal access to reproductive health by 2015 was included as target MDG 5b.
UNFPA works in 158 countries, areas and territories through its headquarters in New York and five regional, six subregional and 115 field offices worldwide. UNFPA supports family planning programmes in over 140 countries and assists in reducing maternal deaths, promoting HIV prevention, and addressing unmet needs for family planning worldwide. UNFPA also promotes effective population policies to alleviate poverty and to empower women and men to make the choices necessary to improve their lives and those of their families.
UNFPA pursues its goals in many ways: By providing training for midwives and safe motherhood supplies for refugees; by helping to devise national action plans to address violence against women, by forging partnerships with civil society, including faith-based organizations, by encouraging youth participation and by assisting governments in collecting and analysing population data that can help them understand population trends.
UNFPA Brussels Office represents the Fund vis-à-vis the European Union institutions and the ACP Group of States on all matters of mutual interest. This office also engages in outreach, information, advocacy and policy dialogue with the governments and other partners in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Contacting UNFPA in Brussels UNFPA Brussels Office 14 Rue Montoyer 1000 Brussels Belgium Tel : +32 2 550 1830 Fax : +32 2 5501833 Contact person: Ivan Hermans Email:
The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives
Maternal Health Thematic Fund Annual Report 2010
Reproductive Health Commodity Security Annual Report 2010
Revised Cost Estimates for the Implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD
Reducing Inequities: Ensuring Universal Access to Family Planning as a Key Component of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Beijing at 15: UNFPA and Partners Charting the Way Forward
“Adding it Up: the costs and benefits of investing in family planning and maternal and newborn health”
ICPD at 15: Looking Back Moving Forward