2000/13     Ensuring reproductive health in emergency situations

The Executive Board

1.        Takes note of the report of the Executive Director “Ensuring reproductive health in especially difficult circumstances: UNFPA programme experience and challenges” (DP/FPA/2000/12);

2.        Encourages UNFPA, within its mandate, to provide appropriate and timely support in emergencies, as outlined in the report;

3.        Appeals to UNFPA to ensure close cooperation in the framework of the existing international coordination mechanisms and to incorporate reproductive health issues in a timely manner in health responses to emergencies;

4.        Encourages UNFPA to continue to seek extrabudgetary resources for support of population and reproductive health in emergencies, whenever possible through the United Nations Consolidated Appeal Process;

5.        Urges members of the Fund to respond in a timely manner so that such appeals from UNFPA are adequately funded;

6.        Endorses the use of up to $1 million of regular resources per year from the interregional programme for reproductive health needs in special circumstances as a leveraging base from which to build appeals for extrabudgetary resources, as set out in the annex to the present decision;

7.        Encourages UNFPA to evaluate its organizational capacity and systematize its responses to reproductive health needs in special circumstances and to monitor and evaluate its overall performance in this regard;

8.        Requests the Executive Director to include in her annual report a summary of activities funded by these resources.

16 June 2000

Annex

1.        The emergency funds could be accessed in situations where serious and immediate population and reproductive health needs are clearly identified but where any of the three following criteria apply:

(a) Regular country programme funds are not available at all;

(b) Country programme funds are not immediately available but could be used at a later date for reimbursement with the approval of the government;

(c) Donor support for the UNFPA component of a Consolidated Appeal Process has been committed but funds are not yet in hand.

In the last two cases, the reserve would support the cost of immediate needs and would then be reimbursed.

2.        UNFPA will continue to seek extrabudgetary resources for support of population and reproductive health in crisis situations, considering the $1 million of regular resources per year from the interregional programme for reproductive health needs in special circumstances as a leveraging base from which to build appeals for such resources.