For nearly two decades,
Friends of UNFPA has been raising awareness and mobilizing action on behalf of UNFPA, the United Nations entity for reproductive health and rights.
UNFPA is on the ground in over 150 countries – which are homes to more than 80% of the world’s population. In the past two years, UNFPA has supported 8.2 million pregnancies and deliveries, attended by 23,500 UNFPA supported midwives. Modern contraceptives provided by UNFPA benefit 20 million women each year. It also is the largest agency in the world providing HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
In addition, UNFPA works to prevent gender-based violence, which affects 1 in 3 women and for the abandonment of female genital mutilation, which harms 3 million girls annually.
UNFPA places priority on those with the greatest needs, whether it be related to poverty, marginalization, emergencies, age, sex, ethnicity, or health. It works closely with communities and local agencies, including religious leaders and faith-based organizations, and coordinates its efforts with other UN agencies.
UNFPA supports governments by conducting censuses and surveys, including consideration of migration, climate change, and urbanization. Today, about one quarter of the world’s population is between 10 and 24 years old, and UNFPA has taken it as its mandate to achieve a world in which girls and boys have the best opportunities to develop their full potential.
Since UNFPA started its work, the world has seen progress, as the number and rate of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. But much more needs to be done to ensure a world in which all individuals can exercise their basic human rights, including those that relate to the most intimate and fundamental aspects of life.