2000/11  Future programme directions of UNFPA in light of the outcome of the ICPD+5

The Executive Board

1.        Takes note of document DP/FPA/2000/9 and of the views expressed thereon at the annual session 2000;

2.        Endorses the continuing use of UNFPA’s three core programme areas: reproductive health, including family planning and sexual health; population and development strategies; and advocacy;

3.        Emphasizes that UNFPA support should be focused on meeting the priority needs as identified by programme countries within the three core programme areas;

4.        Endorses the proposed substantive focus within each core programme area as set forth in document DP/FPA/2000/9, and in particular encourages UNFPA to:

(a)        Fulfil its leadership role as an advocate at global and national levels for reproductive health, population and development issues, and actions agreed at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and at the twenty-first special session of the General Assembly on the ICPD+5;

(b)        Help to ensure that ICPD goals and ICPD+5 benchmarks of particular concern to UNFPA are achieved, through its role in:

(i) Supporting development of population and development strategies, and helping to strengthen national capacity for data systems, analysis and population policy formulation, including for tracking progress in reproductive health and other key national population indicators;

(ii) Leading and supporting action on reproductive health, including family planning and sexual health, effective measures in the areas of maternal and adolescent reproductive health, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health commodity security;

(iii) Advocating these goals and benchmarks with the aim of moving reproductive health up on the development agenda and of promoting policy changes as appropriate;

(iv) Working under the leadership of concerned programme country governments and in consultation with other development partners to ensure that population and development issues and reproductive health are properly addressed and coordinated in country-level programmes, including sector-wide approaches in health, education and other sectors, and other appropriate development assistance efforts;

5.        Endorses the Fund’s overall approach to collaboration and coordination within the United Nations system, and with other relevant stakeholders and organizations, and at the country level under the leadership of the concerned programme country government;

6.        Requests the Executive Director to reflect and take account of the priorities outlined in the present decision in developing and refining the multi-year funding framework, as requested by the Executive Board in its decision 2000/9;

7.        Notes with grave concern the financial situation facing UNFPA in fulfilling its leadership role as outlined above and the critical need for increased mobilization of resources from all sources, particularly from bilateral donors, the private sector, foundations and other appropriate sources.


16 June 2000