The work of UNFPA is supported by governments and by ever-expanding
alliances with individuals, NGOs, foundations and corporations. Networks
and alliances of civil society organizations have become increasingly
important since the International Conference on Population and Development
in Cairo. To advance ICPD goals, groups have built broad alliances to
overcome challenges to reproductive choice and freedom. UNFPA works with
religious leaders to gain their support for reproductive health and
women's rights, and with Parliamentarians to ensure national support.
UNFPA works with local, national and international NGOs to plan,
deliver, manage, monitor and evaluate programmes in every region. In 2000,
we signed an agreement with Rotary International to increase cooperation.
We also agreed to extend for another two years the highly successful
European Commission/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia (RHI).
This innovative partnership, which began in 1997 and is managed by UNFPA,
has 42 projects in seven countries. The projects are executed by 19
European NGOs in close partnership with over 60 local NGOs and non-profit
institutions. In addition to improving reproductive health across the
Asian continent, the partnership between Asian and European NGOs has
enabled the sharing of technical and practical experience and the
strengthening of national capacities. The extensive information and
communication network linking project partners is coordinated by the
German Foundation for World Population (DSW).
Support from private foundations is increasing every year. In 2000,
UNFPA received substantial amounts from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation and the United Nations Foundation (UNF), which is supported by
U.S. business leader Ted Turner. During the year, we developed and
received approval for 23 new projects totalling some $21 million from the
United Nations Foundation. Actual income to UNFPA in 2000 from UNF
amounted to a record $9.5 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
contributed $500,000 directly to UNFPA and a partner grant of $57 million
to fight HIV/AIDS in four African countries. The Hewlett Foundation
contributed $1 million for advocacy. The Ford Foundation contributed
$70,000 for a project that focuses on emerging issues in reproductive
health including sexuality, gender-based violence and ethics/religious
issues. We also received a $2 million contribution from the Mars Trust and
$410,000 from the Packard Foundation.
Mikko Kuustonen, Face to Face Campaign Spokesperson
for Finland, produced a television documentary
on reproductive health and women's rights.
Mr. Kuustonene, a singer and songwriter, is
also a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.
The work of UNFPA benefits greatly from academic analysis, technical
assistance and collaboration. We work with hundreds of universities
worldwide to explore reproductive health issues, conduct research and
project implementation, train individuals, and formulate academic
programmes to build national capacity in the field of population and
development. Some of the highlights in 2000 include a new partnership with
Columbia University to reduce maternal mortality; collaboration with the
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in project monitoring and
evaluation; reproductive health fellowships by Berkeley, Cardiff,
Cambridge and other universities; and the inauguration of new graduate
programmes to equip young people with professional and technical skills in
the field of population and development. In 2000, Bangladesh started the
country's first graduate programme in Population Sciences, at Dhaka
University; and Angola initiated its first post-graduate programme in
Demography and Statistics at Agostinho Neto University.
UNFPA AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR
In 2000, UNFPA launched a worldwide private sector initiative to ensure
affordable, adequate supplies of condoms and other contraceptives. We
brokered meetings between contraceptive suppliers, governments, and
technical experts in the Philippines, Indonesia and Turkey to enhance
cooperation and negotiation. In many countries, the private sector
contributed to UNFPA projects. In Jamaica, businesses donated $30,000
worth of medicine, contraceptives, computers, sports equipment and paid
internships for a UNFPA-funded youth project. The global consulting firm
Macro International provided funding for demographic and health surveys in
Guinea and Turkmenistan. Chevron contributed funding for reproductive
health services for war-affected women in Angola. And the pharmaceutical
company Pharmacia donated funds to safe motherhood projects in eight
countries that received UNFPA support through the Save the Mothers Fund.