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’s assistance is guided by the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be reached by 2015. Each provide benchmarks to measure national efforts to reduce poverty, promote health and gender equality, and protect critical resources and the environment. It is well recognized that population issues are central to the promotion of sustainable development.
UNFPA’s priorities include reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services including family planning, and preventing and managing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. UNFPA also focuses on improving the lives of underserved populations, especially young people and women, by advocating for human rights and gender equality as well as promoting the inclusion of population dynamics in national planning for sustainable development.
Central to the ICPD vision is the goal of providing universal access to sexual and reproductive health services so that women and men can exercise their rights to make informed decisions in relation to their sexual and reproductive life, including the right to choose whether and when to have children.
According to the comprehensive ICPD agenda, enabling couples and individuals to manage their fertility is critical to alleviating poverty and building stable and sustainable societies. Empowering women is both a human rights and economic development imperative.