UNFPA 2022

Core Resources Mobilization

Join UNFPA's Coalition of Contributors Supporting Rights and Choices for all.

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What are core resources?

Core resources, also called regular resources, are crucial to realize UNFPA’s mandate. Every success, every result starts with core funding for UNFPA programmes.

Even results achieved with other funding would not have been possible without core resources. Core resources act as seed funding for UNFPA’s resource mobilization efforts in general, including support to mobilize additional resources.

For each dollar of core resources raised in 2021, UNFPA mobilized an average of $2.53 of other resources. Investing in core resources is smart and efficient.

Core resources are the foundation for all UNFPA programmes to leave no one behind and reach the furthest behind first.

UNFPA’s objective in 2022 is to rally a diverse coalition of contributors around our shared mandate to ensure rights and choices for all.

Why contribute to UNFPA core resources?

UNFPA funding is voluntary: All the work UNFPA and its partners do depends entirely on the generosity of contributors.

Every year, UNFPA staff must mobilize support from governments to pursue our collective Vision 2030: Zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths and zero harmful practices and gender-based violence.

By contributing to core resources, your country engages in a unique trust-based partnership with UNFPA, and effectively invests in realizing the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals related to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for women, girls and young people. By contributing to UNFPA’s core resources, you clearly show your political support to UNFPA, backed by a financial commitment.

All contributions make a difference. Small- and medium-sized contributions make a meaningful cumulative impact on overall core resources, without adding transaction costs. UNFPA is committed to recognizing the generosity and political commitment of core contributors through joint advocacy and visibility initiatives.

Diversifying the donor base also lowers financial risks for UNFPA programmes. In the current funding context, losing a single core contributor among the top ten could result in a shortfall of millions of dollars in funding, threatening UNFPA’s ability to deliver on its programmes. With a greater diversity of core contributors comes a greater variety of currencies, and minimized financial risks associated with exchange rates.

What do core resources help achieve?

Core resources directly contribute to leaving no one behind, and realizing UNFPA’s three transformative results - ending unmet need for family planning, ending preventable maternal deaths, and ending harmful practices and gender-based violence - through:

  • Ensuring

    Ensuring UNFPA’s presence in countries around the world

    Core resources fund UNFPA’s global presence in more than 150 countries and territories across the world, including those facing crises.
  • Enabling

    Enabling UNFPA’s normative role

    With core funding, UNFPA representatives can, on countries’ behalf, advocate for development issues in international fora. At the national, regional, and global levels, UNFPA is able to promote international norms and standards, including on gender equality, and on measures against harmful practices.
  • Promoting

    Promoting country-level sustainability, ownership, and impact

    Because it is provided without restrictions, core funding enables UNFPA and partner countries to plan programmes, develop policy and advocacy, and deliver technical expertise more efficiently. As such, predictable core funding enhances the sustainability of programmes and enables capacity-building of partner governments and other stakeholders.
  • Empowering

    Empowering UNFPA to lead on population data

    Core resources support the foundations of UNFPA’s Strategic Plan by establishing the Fund’s global leadership on population data, a critical function primarily enabled by core resources. Census, civil registration and vital statistics as well as demographic studies are all key to targeting programmes where they are most needed and delivering results in the most equitable and efficient manner.
  • Allowing

    Allowing UNFPA to adapt to change and respond to humanitarian emergencies -

    UNFPA provides ongoing support to people all around the world, but we cannot always predict where and when our help will be needed. When environments change or crises strike, core funding allows us to be prepared, adapt to shocks and act quickly to save lives.
  • Supporting

    Supporting UNFPA oversight functions1

    Core resources fund UNFPA oversight functions¹, which ensure that UNFPA’s operations are diligently conducted, effi cient, transparent and accountable. They are essential to demonstrate value for money to taxpayers, contributors, governments, and other constituencies. Oversight functions contribute to strengthening trust, in turn encouraging further investments.
  • Supporting

    Supporting UN inter-agency coordination

    Core resources support UN coordination, which is fundamental to increasing the impact and efficiency of UN country-level operations through improved division of labour among UN entities. Contributing to core resources represents an investment in the overall efficiency of the United Nations Development System in each country, which in turn promotes integration and accelerates progress towards implementing the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals at the national level.

1Oversight functions include audits and investigations, evaluations, ethics and the legal office.

UNFPA core contributors in 2021

UNFPA encourages multi-year core contributions, which enable programmes to be delivered in a predictable and sustainable manner.

UNFPA uses all possible occasions and platforms to recognize core contributions from governments. Contributions are given visibility and recognition at Executive Board sessions, at the adoption of Country Programme Documents, regional meetings and special events which your government may suggest. UNFPA will also continue to recognize core contributors through public events, publications, social media2 and the UNFPA website.

*Countries with multi-year commitments in 2021.
2UNFPA recognizes core contributors using the hashtags: #PartnersAtCore and #FundUNFPA.

Afghanistan*
Albania
Algeria
Armenia*
Australia
Austria
Bangladesh
Belgium
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana*
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Canada*
China
Comoros*
Costa Rica
Cuba
Republic of Korea
Denmark*
Egypt
Eritrea*
Estonia
Eswatini*
Ethiopia
Fed. St. of Micronesia
Finland
France
Gambia
Georgia*
Germany
Ghana*
Guinea Bissau*
Guyana
Honduras
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iraq*
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan*
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Madagascar*
Malawi
Malaysia
Mauritania*
Mauritius*
Mexico
Moldova
Republic of Mongolia
Morocco
Myanmar
Nepal
Netherlands*
New Zealand*
Nicaragua
Niger (the)
Norway
Pakistan
Panama*
Peru
Philippines*
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda*
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sao Tome*
Saudi Arabia
Senegal*
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
Sri Lanka*
Sudan*
Sweden*
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tonga*
Trinidad and Tobago*
Turkmenistan
UAE*
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom*
United States
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Zambia*
Zimbabwe*

By giving to core, you help protect the most vulnerable women and girls during times of crisis

When unexpected global crises strike, core and quality, multi-year funding are more important than ever to support rapid responses that save lives. Core resources enable flexible and agile allocations, global reach, and the leveraging of additional resources. Early core contributions support the continuity of UNFPA programming, in particular for highly vulnerable women and girls adversely affected and at higher risk of violence or harmful practices during crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and those caused by climate change.

The exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus crisis have demonstrated that core availability and predictability are critical. Without the availability of core resources, UNFPA response time would have been longer, with grave consequences for those most in need. UNFPA is grateful to the many donors who in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic were able to pay early and front-load core resources, and to the many programme countries who were able to use domestic resources to support UNFPA’s humanitarian response and work to mitigate the impact of the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

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