European Commission

The European Commission is a strong political and financial partner of UNFPA.

The European Consensus on Development, adopted in June 2017, aligns the European Union’s development policy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In line with the European Union’s commitment to human rights, its development priorities and objectives support sexual and reproductive health and rights and uphold freedom from violence for women and girls, with special attention to female genital mutilation, child and forced marriage, and sexual and gender-based violence.

The main focus of the partnership between the European Commission and UNFPA is sexual and reproductive health and rights (including reliable access to contraceptives); the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence and harmful practices against girls and women; and data collection and analysis. 

Through its Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), the European Commission contributes significantly to specific initiatives, such as UNFPA Supplies, the ‘UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting’, the ‘UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to accelerate action to end child marriage’, the ‘Global Programme to Prevent Son Preference and Gender-biased Sex Selection’, as well as to UNFPA Country Programmes in all regions.

In addition, the EU partners with the UN (and UNFPA as one of the participating agencies) in the “EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls”, which was launched during the UN General Assembly in September 2017. With €500 million in seed money from the EU, the Spotlight Initiative is responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, with a particular focus on domestic and family violence, sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, femicide, trafficking and economic (labour) exploitation.

The European Commission, through its Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), also is a key partner in UNFPA’s humanitarian work. DG ECHO’s support continues to be instrumental to the continued provision of life-saving reproductive health and protection services for women and young people in emergency and crisis contexts. This includes the provision of essential services and commodities for antenatal and post-natal care, emergency obstetric and newborn care, clinical management of rape and mental health and psychosocial support for survivors of gender-based violence. 

Through its Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), the European Commission partners with UNFPA in projects on combating gender-based violence and gender stereotypes; improved access to health and protection services for migrants, refugees and host communities; advancing midwifery and specialized nursing; as well as on ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning.

Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships
Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management
Gender equality and empowerment of women is at the heart of our mission to build back a more inclusive, fair and resilient world. Everyone should have the same power and opportunities to shape society and their own lives. We continue to support trusted partners like UNFPA to ensure that all women and young people have access to quality and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services.
Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships
The European Commission is committed to promoting women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and to preventing and responding to gender-based violence in emergencies. Gender-based violence is deeply rooted in gender inequality, predominantly affecting women and girls, their health, rights, and protection. UNFPA provides high-quality services that bridge protection, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health. Through our partnership with UNFPA, we have provided relief to thousands of women and girls in emergencies all around the world. I would like to thank UNFPA for their important work, and I look forward to continuing our strong cooperation.
Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management

News & Updates

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Key Results 2019

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
    Maternal deaths averted
    Unsafe abortions prevented
    Fistula repair surgeries supported
    Adolescents were reached with integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries in humanitarian and fragile contexts
  • Family planning
    Unintended pregnancies prevented
    Couples protected for one year from unwanted pregnancies
    HIV infections prevented by provision of female and male condoms
    Marginalized girls were reached by life skills programmes
    Sexually transmitted infections prevented by provision of female and male condoms
  • Gender based violence and harmful practices
    Girls saved from female genital mutilation
    Lives saved
    Women and girls who were subjected to violence accessed essential services
    Disabled women and girls who were suibjected to violence accessed essential services
    Girls received prevention and/or protection services and care related to child, early and forced marriage
    Girls and women received prevention and/or protection services and care related to female genital mutilation
    Communities made public declarations to eliminate harmful practices
    Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms
    Health service providers and managers trained as trainers on minimum initial service package

Key results are for illustrative purposes only, and reflect what a donor has contributed to through funding to UNFPA since 2018. Key results presented here may not reflect the figures provided by government donors.

Contributions Since 2014

The bar chart reflects overall core and non-core revenue recognized in a given year. Most contributions are received in national currencies. Fluctuations of exchange rates can impact US dollar equivalents.

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  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2019

The pie chart represents overall core and non-core revenue recognized in a given year, with additional details for non-core funds.

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

2020 | Top
Donor Global Statistics