95/36.     UNFPA: Global contraceptive commodity programme

The Executive Board

1.         Recalls paragraph 7.25 of the ICPD Programme of Action and the decision of the Executive Board 95/21 requesting a proposal for the continuation of the Global Initiative on Contraceptive Requirements and Logistics Management Needs;

2.         Takes note of the report contained in document DP/1995/62, entitled "Global Initiative on Contraceptive Requirements and Logistics Management Needs in Developing Countries in the 1990s", as well as the comments of the delegations;

3.         Emphasizes that contraceptive commodity procurement and logistics activities in the United Nations Population Fund should be undertaken as an integral component of the overall work of the Fund in strengthening reproductive health programmes, including family planning and sexual health, and that these activities should be monitored carefully to ensure that they adhere to technical standards of safety and quality;

4.         Further notes that a strengthened role for the United Nations Population Fund in contraceptive commodity procurement and logistics in the short and medium-term should support the objective of building national self-reliance in the longer term, including financial and technical capacity for local production where feasible, and urges the Executive Director to take additional steps towards this objective in the context of United Nations Population Fund country programmes;

5.        Agrees in principle, subject to paragraph 6, to the establishment of a global contraceptive commodity programme to be managed by the United Nations Population Fund, whose objectives would be to anticipate demands and facilitate a prompt response in order to avert critical disruptions to contraceptive supplies; to achieve economies of scale and lower costs to recipient countries for contraceptive supplies; to ensure the quality of contraceptives provided by the United Nations Population Fund; and to build national capacity to manage and finance contraceptive procurement and logistics on a self-reliant basis, so that this programme would no longer be needed;

6.         Requests the Executive Director to submit to the Executive Board at its first regular session 1996 a comprehensive report on the envisaged global contraceptive commodity programme, including the objectives and scope, administrative and financial aspects, and the efforts made by the United Nations Population Fund to promote national capacity-building, drawing on the experience of other United Nations agencies, in particular, United Nations Children's Fund, the World Health Organization, and the Inter-Agency Procurement Service Office, in order to take a final decision on the matter.

15 September 1995