UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

UNFPA - because everyone counts

Meeting Development Goals

UNFPA partners with governments, other UN agencies and civil society to advance UNFPA's mission. Two frameworks guide our efforts: the Programme of Action adopted at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. Since the date for achieving these goals and targets is fast approaching, work is being accelerated to analyze successes, galvanize support and redouble efforts.


The overall 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 on maternal health – are all closely linked. UNFPA also focuses on improving the lives of young people and women by advocating for human rights and gender equality and by promoting an understanding of population dynamics. Population dynamics, such as the growth rate and age structure of a population, as well as fertility, mortality and migration trends, have an effect on every aspect of human, social and economic progress. Access to sexual and reproductive health and women's empowerment also powerfully affect and are influenced by population trends.

Priorities 2012-2016

Our priority in Viet Nam is to improve the well-being of the Vietnamese people. Our aim is to enhance the quality of life of the most vulnerable groups in society, including the poor, ethnic minorities, victims of domestic violence, sex workers, and people living with and affected by HIV, as well as adolescents and young people. We mainly work at the national policy level, focusing on sexual and reproductive health, population and development, and gender issues.

We are also on the ground in a number of provinces throughout Viet Nam, particularly provinces with lower levels of socio-economic development and a high proportion of vulnerable groups. We target provinces where the number of women dying while giving birth is high, that have limited sexual and reproductive health services, where the sex ratio at birth imbalance and rates of domestic violence are high, or where there is a higher proportion of older people. It is our ambition that the intervention models we are helping to develop in these provinces, if cost-effective, will be considered by the Government for provincial and nation-wide scaling up.

How we work

In Viet Nam, we partner with the Government at both national and sub-national levels, UN agencies, NGOs and other development partners, as well as social organizations to raise awareness and mobilize the support and resources needed to achieve our mission. UNFPA is also fully committed to a more effective, coherent and better coordinated UN system that delivers as one. This is the essence of the UN ‘Delivering as One’ (DaO) reform process in Viet Nam, which is now a second generation DaO country .