“When funding stops, women and girls suffer.” United Nations Population Fund Executive Director Dr. said. Natalia Kanem in Prof. statement, “Especially the poor, those who live in remote, deprived communities and through humanitarian crises.”
Dr Kanem added that UNFPA deeply deplores the UK’s decision to abandon its commitments at a time of deepening inequality, and international solidarity is needed more than ever.
The effect of cuts
She added that withdrawing nearly $ 180 million into the UNFPA Supply Partnership would have helped prevent about 250,000 deaths among mothers and children, 14.6 million unintended pregnancies and 4.3 million unsafe abortions.
While Dr Kanem acknowledges the difficult situation facing many donor governments, Dr Kanem said that UNFPA deeply regrets the UK’s decision to abandon its commitments at a time when inequalities are deepening and need international solidarity more than ever.
154 million pounds ($ 211 million) was the expected contribution from the United Kingdom for 2021. It will now be reduced to about 23 million pounds ($ 32 million), a reversal of the agreed commitments to the program in 2020.
In addition, 12 million pounds ($ 17 million) will be deducted from the core operating funds of the United Nations Population Fund. Several agreements at the country level are also likely to be affected.
Communicating the rights to modern contraception
Dr. Kanem stated that UNFPA has remained dedicated to its mandate and is currently assessing the full scope and impact of cuts, while actively working on formulating mitigation strategies.
Emphasizing the rights of women and girls to modern contraception, Dr. Kanem called on all agency partners and allies to work together and secure the viability of UNFPA supplies and all of its programs.
In this A decade of work On the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially during Covid-19 Pandemic, unfinished business from International Conference on Population and Development The program, to fulfill the promises made to women and girls, must end.
Dr. Kanem said they are counting on us.