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UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was originally founded in 1967 as a UN Trust Fund, following General Assembly resolution which recommended the support of programmes of population policy. In three decades of practical work, UNFPA became the centre of world-wide support to population policy and reproductive health. UNFPA is funded from voluntary contributions of governments and from donations of private persons and foundations. Most OECD donor governments prefer to support population activities through multilateral channels. Thus, UNFPA has achieved, as the largest internationally financed programme, a definite priority in this field of development co-operation. In contrast to the polemical criticism brought forward by conservative politicians in the USA and by several US administrations, the facts in the UNFPA reports show that UNFPA has been successful in four decades of its work.

Keywords: OECD; United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

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