United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

OFFICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

UNFPA
PO Box 6541
Pretoria 0001
tel: 27 12 338 5289
fax: 27 12 320 4355
http://www.un.org.za
jparsons@un.org.za

HISTORY AND PRESENT STATUS

UN General Assembly resolution 2211 (XXI) (1966) called upon organisations of the UN system to provide assistance in the field of population. Accordingly the Secretary-General set up the UN Trust Fund for Population Activities in 1967. GA res. 42/430 (1987) renamed the Fund as the United Nations Population Fund.

GA res. 48/162 (1993) transformed the governing body of UNDP/UNFPA into the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board, to provide intergovernmental support to and supervision of the Fund in accordance with the overall policy guidance of the Assembly and ECOSOC.

UNFPA's Mission Statement endorsed by Executive Board decision 96/28 (1996) states, in part, that UNFPA extends assistance to developing countries, countries with economies in transition and other countries, at their request, to help them address reproductive health and population issues, and raises awareness of these issues in all countries. Its three main areas of work are:

To help ensure universal access to reproductive health, including family planning, gender issues, sexual and reproductive rights, and sexual health to all couples and individuals on or before the year 2015. That is, to help Governments strengthen the basic health-care systems that are essential for the effective delivery of reproductive health services.
To support population and development strategies that enable capacity-building in population programming.
To promote awareness of population and development issues and to advocate for the mobilisation of the resources and political will necessary to accomplish its areas of work.

OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND COOPERATING ORGANISATIONS

Department of Welfare

GENERAL COMMENTS

There is no membership per se. The Executive Board for UNFPA is the same body as the Executive Board of the UNDP of which South Africa is currently a member (1998 - 2000). The Executive Board has 36 members.

The UNFPA's four-year country programme for 1998-2001 for South Africa has a budget of US$6 million for reproductive health programmes, while it receives an additional US$3 million from the United Kingdom's DIFID for Reproductive Health Programmes in Northern Province. Of this total of US$9 million, US$1.5 million and US$1 million from each facet of its budget, will be spent during 1999.

The UNFPA, as implementing agency of decisions of the UN Commission for Population and Development, works closely with the National Population Unit (NPU) of the Department of Welfare in providing advice, and with formulation and implementation of South Africa's population programme. In addition the UNFPA is providing advice to the National Population Unit in its work regarding censuses and sample surveys of population trends.

At the request of the former Minister for Welfare and Population Development, Ms Fraser-Moleketi, UNFPA has devoted the largest portion of its financial resources disbursed in terms of its first Country Programme (1998-2001) to strengthening the capacity of the National Population Unit (NPU) to facilitate

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