Building Support

Dr. Halida Hanum Akhter is the Director-General of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh, one of the world’s oldest Planned Parenthood affiliates. In 1986, she founded an institute in Bangladesh for the research and promotion of reproductive health technologies, and she currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Seattlebased Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health. In 2006, Dr. Akhter won the United Nations Population Award, given annually for outstanding work in population and for improving the health and welfare of individuals. She shared the award with Haiti’s Foundation for Reproductive Health and Family Education.

UNFPA has increasingly been engaged in policy work and has strengthened partnerships with governments, United Nations organizations, donors and civil society organizations to achieve common results. In 2006, UNFPA Country Offices reported more involvement than ever before in discussions to incorporate reproductive health and gender issues into national and international legislative instruments. These issues were also increasingly included in national development frameworks such as sectorwide programmes, poverty reduction strategies and MDG reports.

UNFPA continued to provide global support as a trusted, culturally sensitive source of population and reproductive health expertise. Emphasis was placed on taking effective models to scale, building capacity in countries and in UNFPA offices, defining UNFPA strategies in line with United Nations reform and strengthening partnerships at the regional level.

Supporting United Nations Reform;
Working with United Nations Organizations

UNFPA is fully committed to a more effective, coherent and better-coordinated United Nations system that delivers as one in the spirit of reform. In 2006, the Fund worked within the United Nations Development Group and the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination to maintain reform momentum and to ensure that changes are harmonious and synchronized throughout the system. UNFPA’s active participation in the Joint Offices and the “One United Nations� initiatives at the country level under the unified leadership of a strengthened Resident Coordinator derives from its firm confidence in the promise of, and the opportunity offered by, these programming and operational innovations. In 2006:

Gaining Ground with Governments

More countries contributed to UNFPA in 2006 than in any year since the Fund began operations in 1969, bringing the total number of donor nations to 180, compared to the 2005 record of 172. Every nation in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa pledged funds to UNFPA in 2006. Contributions to UNFPA regular resources were also the highest ever, increasing to $389.3 million (provisional) from the previous year’s level of $365.8 million.

In 2006, the governments of 154 developing and transitional countries and territories requested UNFPA’s assistance to address reproductive health and population issues in their policies and programmes. In 2006:

Non-Governmental Organizations

NGOs are crucial advocates with governments for legislation relating to gender, adolescents, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. UNFPA strengthened partnerships with civil society groups in many developing countries throughout 2006.

Generating Goodwill for Reproductive Health

UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Kattis Ahlstrom visiting the Quissico Maternity Ward in the Zavala District of Mozambique.

Building Support