Annual report of the Executive Director for 2005 and funding commitments to UNFPA

The Executive Board

1. Takes note of the documents that make up the report of the Executive Director for 2005 (DP/FPA/2006/2 (Part I), DP/FPA/2006/2 (Part I, Add. 1) and DP/2006/17/Add. 1-DP/FPA/2006/2 (Part II);

2. Welcomes the analytical elements in the annual report of the Executive Director for 2005, including the UNFPA commitment to accountability, and requests that future annual reports of the Executive Director include an even greater emphasis on results, achievements, challenges and lessons learned;

3. Also takes note of the report on funding commitments to UNFPA (DP/FPA/2006/3);

4. Welcomes the substantial increase in the 2005 regular income level as well as the increase in the 2005 co-financing income, resulting, inter alia, from increased contributions from a number of donors, and also welcomes the contributions made by programme countries, which have enabled UNFPA to reach its highest ever number of donors;

5. Recognizes that sustaining and improving the UNFPA funding level will require countries that are in a position to do so to augment their funding efforts during the period of the UNFPA multiyear funding framework, 2004-2007, and encourages all countries in a position to do so to make contributions early in the year and to make multi-year pledges;

6. Emphasizes that UNFPA needs strong political and financial support, as well as increased and predictable core funding, in order to enhance its assistance to countries to fully integrate the agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development into national development strategies, in line with the 2005 World Summit Outcome;
7. Reiterates that regular (core) resources are essential to maintaining the multilateral, neutral and universal nature of UNFPA work, and encourages UNFPA to further mobilize these resources while also continuing to mobilize supplementary resources for its programmes.

16 June 2006