Join UNFPA's Coalition of Contributors Supporting Rights and Choices for all.
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.
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.
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:
1Oversight functions include audits and investigations, evaluations, ethics and the legal office.
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.
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.Access the contribution form and payment instructions