What is UNFPA?
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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:
- universal access to reproductive health by 2015,
- universal primary education and closing the gender gap in education by 2015,
- reducing maternal mortality by 75 per cent by 2015,
- reducing infant mortality,
- increasing life expectancy and
- reducing HIV infection rates.
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.
In 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution by which it decided to extend the ICPD Programme of Action beyond 2014. A special session will be convened in 2014 to assess the status of implementation of the PoA and to renew political support for the full achievement of its goals and objectives. The resolution recognizes the crucial linkages between the implementation of the PoA and the achievement of the MDGs.
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 fa
mily 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
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