United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


History of Agency in the World and Iran

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 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 began operations in 1969 as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and was placed under the UN General Assembly’s direct authority in 1972, raising it to the same status as UNDP and UNICEF. In 1987, the name of UNFPA was changed to the United Nations Population Fund, but the acronym, UNFPA, remained the same. In 1994, UNFPA was designated the lead United Nations organization for the follow-up and implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. UNFPA is a founding member of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and a founding co-sponsor of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. UNFPA supports programmes in over 140 countries, areas and territories through nine Country Technical Services Teams and 112 country offices.
UNFPA’s collaboration with Iran began in 1970 on a project basis. The collaboration on the basis of five-year country programmes began in 1990. The current country programme, the fourth since 1990, was launched in 2005.

Priorities Globally and in Iran

UNFPA is collaborating with a number of partners in Iran-including the Ministry of Health, the Statistical Centre of Iran, and a network of some 70 NGOs – and working on a number of projects to:

– Increase availability of high-quality reproductive health services and commodities;
– Improve youth-friendly reproductive health information and services;
– Improve information and services for STIs and HIV/AIDS;
– Increase awareness and capacity in reproductive health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights and gender issues;
– Strengthen national capacity in disaster preparedness to address reproductive health concerns in emergency and post-conflict situations;

– Increase national capacity to monitor ICPD goals and the MDGs, and
– Support development of legislation that protects against gender-based violence.[1].

[1]  “ The United Nations in Iran(3rd edition)” Published by the United Nations System in Iran, 2011-P:26-27





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