This grant represents Canada’s institutional support to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA uses these funds, along with those of other donors, to achieve its core mandate and functions. UNFPA’s mandate is to support countries in using population data to develop policies and programs that reduce poverty and ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. UNFPA focuses on three main areas: reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and population and development strategies. Canada’s support to UNFPA contributes to increasing access to reproductive health, developing development policies that take population dynamics into account, and improving the status of girls and women worldwide.
The expected results for this project as stated by the United Nations Population Fund in its 2014-2017 strategic plan include: (1) increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive services that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access; (2) increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes; (3) advanced gender equality, women’s and girl’s empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth; and (4) strengthened national policies and international development agendas through the integration of evidence based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality.