New York

4 April 2017

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on UNFPA

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which could have devastating effects on the health of vulnerable women and girls and their families around the world. 

He believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work of UNFPA.

As High Commissioner for Refugees for over ten years, the Secretary-General saw firsthand the life-saving character of UNFPA’s activities. 

He appeals to donors to increase their support for UNFPA to allow it to continue its critical work during this difficult period.

New York, 4 April 2017
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General