Ireland

Ireland

The development priorities of Ireland strongly align with the work and mandate of UNFPA. Irish development cooperation policy names human rights and essential services, including health, education and disease prevention, as two of six priority areas for action, where gender equality and women’s empowerment are seen as cross-cutting themes to be considered in all interventions. Ireland’s emphasis on essential services aligns strongly with UNFPA’s work on ending maternal and infant mortality, promoting universal access to quality maternal and reproductive health care, supporting safe motherhood, promoting HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, and ending harmful practices against women and girls including gender-based violence and female genital mutilation.  UNFPA’s humanitarian work aligns with the Government of Ireland’s focus on human rights and fragile contexts.

Specific areas of collaboration between the Government of Ireland and UNFPA include: Gender-based violence prevention and response; support for sexual and reproductive health; promotion of HIV prevention; supporting population and housing censuses; reduction of teenage pregnancy; abandonment of female genital mutilation; and contributions to UNFPA Supplies Programme to improve the health and well-being of women and girls everywhere and the Maternal Health Thematic Fund, which provides midwifery training, obstetric fistula repair surgeries and other activities to strengthen maternal health services.
 

Ciarán Cannon T.D, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development
Ireland is a longstanding supporter of UNFPA and I commend the vital work being undertaken by the organisation. Its work addresses not only the vital issues of maternal and reproductive health but also the fundamental challenges of gender equality and women’s empowerment.As we work towards the global implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, Ireland continues to place a high priority on our partnership with UNFPA. The ambitious vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can only be achieved if we address the inequalities – including gender and reproductive health inequalities – which hold women and girls back from realising their rights and ambitions.
Ciarán Cannon T.D, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development

News & Updates

Women and girls are receiving dignity kits, which contain essential hygiene supplies as well as safety whistles.  © UNFPA Mozambique/Vidal Mahundla
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MATUNDO, Mozambique/LILONGWE, Malawi – Eleven days ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. By the time the storm...
25 March 2019 read story
Fatmata Sesay reenrolled in school after becoming pregnant at age 15. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
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PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like an underage...
18 March 2019 read story
Asha lays out the tools she uses to perform female genital mutilation in Somalia. © UNFPA/Georgina Goodwin
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Too often, the first message a girl receives about her body is that it is imperfect – too fat or too thin, too dark or too freckled. But for some girls, the message is that, to be accepted by...
5 February 2019 read story

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Key Results

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
    Maternal deaths averted
    688
    Unsafe abortions prevented
    83,600
    Fistula repair surgeries supported
    315
    Adolescents were reached with integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    217,250
  • Family planning
    Unintended pregnancies prevented
    266,750
    Couples protected for one year from unwanted pregnancies
    621,500
    HIV infections prevented by provision of female and male condoms
    1,100
  • Gender based violence and harmful practices
    Girls saved from female genital mutilation
    4,494
    Women and girls in humanitarian crises reached with sexual and reproductive health/gender-based violence prevention services
    225,500
Disclaimer

Key results are for illustrative purposes only, and reflect what a donor has contributed to through funding to UNFPA since 2014. Key results presented here may not reflect the figures provided by government donors.

Donors are displayed in order of overall contributions to UNFPA in a given year, as indicated by the drop-down menu.