United Nations Population Fund
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled.
UNFPA is a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly. It has begun its operations in 1969. Currently, from its headquarters in New York and a global network of 129 offices, UNFPA supports the development priorities of 155 countries, territories and areas. UNFPA is the world’s largest multilateral source of population assistance to developing countries. About a quarter of all population assistance from donor nations to developing countries is channeled through UNFPA. UNFPA is also a leading agency in terms of expertise in data collection and population analysis.
Programme of Action that was adopted by 179 governments at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (Cairo, 1994), along with benchmarks added at the ICPD reviews, inform the eight Millennium Development Goals agreed by all 192 United Nations member states. UNFPA plays an indirect role in assisting countries to meet all eight of them, while being directly related to five of the MDGS, especially MDG 5 (improving maternal health) and MDG 3 (promoting gender equality and women's empowerment). These mutually reinforcing development blueprints guide UNFPA in its efforts to improve lives, support reproductive health and rights, and advance gender equality.
The goals of UNFPA - achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning), promoting reproductive rights, reducing maternal mortality and accelerating progress on the ICPD agenda and MDG 5 - are inextricably linked. UNFPA also focuses on improving the lives of youths and women by advocating for human rights and gender equality and by promoting the understanding of population dynamics. Population dynamics, including growth rates, age structure, fertility and mortality and migration have an effect on every aspect of human, social and economic progress. And sexual and reproductive health and women's empowerment all powerfully affect and are influenced by population trends.
UNFPA in Armenia
UNFPA has launched its activities in Armenia in 1999, concentrating its assistance in following three mandated areas: reproductive health and rights, population and development strategies, and gender equality. UNFPA pays special attention to sexual and reproductive health issues of young people, working also through Y-PEER Armenia network. Among its main counterparts are the Government Ministries, National Assembly, National Statistical Service, medical and educational institutions, civil society organizations, and the donor community including other UN Agencies, USAID, OSCE, British Council, World Vision and others.
The major UNFPA achievements in Armenia include:
Results to achieve in 2010-2015
In the course of 2010-2015, and based on UNFPA’s new programme cycle for Armenia approved in 2009, UNFPA will work to achieve the following main objectives:
– Developed policies and legislation to improve access to high-quality reproductive health services and commodities for vulnerable groups;
– Strengthened capacities of health-care providers to provide high-quality sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention services;
– Increased awareness of and demand for reproductive health and family planning services among women, youth and adolescents.
– Strengthened national capacities to implement the 2011 census, and to collect, analyze and manage gender-and age-disaggregated socio-economic data;
– Strengthened capacity of government institutions to develop and implement social policies and programmes.
– Increased national and local capacity to ensure gender equality and the empowerment of women, and to combat gender-based violence;
– Increased awareness and knowledge of the population on gender issues, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive rights.
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