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Denmark’s Engagement with UNFPA

United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA is responsible for the implementation of the programme of action from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its core mandate thus covers issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The promotion of SRHR is a high priority in the Danish Strategy for Development Corporation and Humanitarian Action (The World 2030) and for this reason UNFPA is a significant partner in Denmark’s work towards the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

UNFPA is the world’s largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programmes. Denmark sees UNFPA as an important actor in providing data and analyses that support and expand evidence based advocacy for SRHR. Furthermore UNFPA plays an important role as a norm-setter in countries where the issue of SRHR is controversial, which supplements Danish bilateral efforts in some of these countries. On the humanitarian agenda, UNFPA also works in accordance with Danish priorities preventing gender based violence and providing sexual and reproductive health services in areas of conflict and crisis.

Denmark is among the top donors to UNFPA and in 2016 Denmark contributed 37.4 million US dollars to UNFPA (source: National Budget 2017). In addition Denmark sponsored the UNFPA Innovation Fund with the purpose of funding innovative activities and approaches in accordance with Danish priorities. In 2017 Denmark holds the presidency of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board. 

Read more about Denmark’s engagement with UNFPA, here.