Join UNFPA's coalition of core contributors supporting rights and choices for all.
Core resources, also called regular resources, are crucial to realizing UNFPA’s mandate: to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. They support everything we do.
As core funding is not earmarked for specific programming, these resources enable UNFPA to act flexibly and responsively to meet the needs of women and girls, especially when crisis strikes.
These resources also act as seed funding for UNFPA’s resource mobilization efforts; for each dollar of core resources raised in 2022, UNFPA mobilized an average of $2.50 of other resources. That year, 96 partners provided a total of USD 442.5 million to UNFPA’s core resources.
Core resources are the foundation for all UNFPA programmes aimed at leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first: Two thirds of UNFPA core resources go to our programmes on the ground, and the other third funds operations that make those programmes possible and viable.
Around the world, UNFPA responds to the health and protection needs of women and girls before, during and after emergencies – and we couldn’t do it without core resources. All the work UNFPA and its partners do depends entirely on the voluntary generosity of contributors.
Every year, core funding from governments helps us pursue our three transformative results: The end of unmet need for family planning, preventable maternal deaths and harmful practices such as gender-based violence.
With challenges like the climate crisis and conflict threatening to undermine progress towards these goals, UNFPA’s mission has never been more relevant – and its corresponding need for flexible funding has never been greater. The overall decline in the ratio of core to non-core funding jeopardizes UNFPA’s global impact and, therefore, the lives of women and girls.
We must reverse this trend now.
Contributing to core resources creates a trust-based partnership between your country and UNFPA, and signals your political support for our work and that of the United Nations.
All contributions, whatever their size, make a meaningful difference, and diversifying our donor base lowers financial risks for UNFPA programmes. In 2022, UNFPA rallied 96 governments to commit to fund core resources, from all countries and regions, including the most fragile and conflicted-affected ones. This demonstrates that we can unite as an international community to show solidarity and support for all women and girls.
Core resources embody trust in our vision and our capacity to realize shared goals. In 2023, UNFPA aims to rally together a diverse coalition of contributors, from governments to citizens, around our mandate and values to ensure rights and choices for all.
Next year will mark a milestone for women’s and girls’ health and rights. As we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development, now is the time to unite to realize the bold ambitions of its Programme of Action adopted by 179 governments. We need the commitment of all to take this visionary approach forward to realize sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Core resources ensure our work leaves no one behind, and drives progress towards UNFPA’s three transformative goals – the end of unmet need for family planning, preventable maternal deaths and harmful practices and gender-based violence – by:
1Oversight functions include audits and investigations, evaluations, ethics and the legal office.
By giving to core, you help protect the most vulnerable women and girls during times of crisis
When unexpected crises strike, multi-year core funding is what allows UNFPA to deploy rapid responses that save lives. As this funding is not tied to specific programming, it can be allocated with flexibility and agility to address the needs of highly vulnerable women and girls facing life-threatening situations around the globe.
UNFPA’s need for resource availability and predictability has only grown in recent years amid challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and global climate emergency. Decreases in core funding delay UNFPA’s responses to crises – with grave consequences for those most in need.
UNFPA recognizes the extraordinary commitment of donors contributing to core resources at a time of economic and geopolitical uncertainty. But with women’s health and rights under threat, the solidarity of your country and people to the world’s most vulnerable have never been more crucial. The solidarity of your country with vulnerable women and girls whose health and rights are under threat has never been more crucial.Access the contribution form and payment instructions
UNFPA encourages multi-year core contributions, which enable programmes to be delivered in a predictable and sustainable manner.
UNFPA is committed to ensuring transparency and visibility by recognizing donors for their core contributions and the results achieved thanks to their partnership.
*Countries with multi-year commitments in 2022.