The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
UNFPA partners with governments, other agencies and civil society to advance its mission. Two frameworks guide its 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, to galvanize support and to redouble efforts. UNFPA is involved in the Beyond 2014 Review to engage world leaders from governments and civil society in the creation of a renewed consensus and global commitment to create a more equal and more sustainable world.
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 the MDGs- 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, 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.