United Nation Population Fund (UNPF) virtual
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and the potential of every young is fulfilled. The United Nations General Assembly declared, “Parents have the exclusive right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.”
Since UNFPA started its work, the world has seen progress, the number and rate of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth have been halved. Families are healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before, but too many are still left behind. More than 760 million people are mired in extreme poverty. Sexual and reproductive health problems are a leading cause of death and disability for women in the developing world. Young people bear the highest risks of HIV infection and unintended pregnancy; many millions of girls face the prospect of child marriage and other harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM). 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.
Agenda 1: Promoting Access to Family Planning in the Developing States
Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right. Family planning is central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and it is a key factor in reducing poverty. Yet in developing regions, an estimated 217 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities. This threatens their ability to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
UNFPA works to support family planning by ensuring a steady, reliable supply of quality contraceptives; strengthening national health systems; advocating for policies supportive of family planning; and gathering data to support this work. UNFPA also provides global leadership in increasing access to family planning, by convening partners – including governments – to develop evidence and policies, and by offering programmatic, technical, and financial assistance to developing countries
Agenda2: Increasing youth leadership and participation in society
Today’s generation of young people is massive: Some 1.8 billion people are between ages 10 and 24 most of them live in developing countries, often comprising a huge proportion of the population. How well they navigate adolescence will determine not only the course of their own lives but that of the world.
Yet too many youths are unable to participate fully in society. Around 175 million young people in low-income countries cannot read a full sentence. Among those aged 15-24, some 500 million live on less than $2 a day, and over 73 million are unemployed. For girls, the barriers to participation are even higher.
But when empowered and given the right opportunities, youth are effective drivers of change. UNFPA partners with young people, helping them participate in decisions affecting them and strengthening their ability to advance human rights and development issues such as health, education, and employment.
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