THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem has welcomed renewed support from the United States Government in first meeting with U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
The meeting meeting between Dr Kanem and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield has marked the first time the two leaders have met and came in the wake of the Biden-Harris Administration’s pledge to restore support to UNFPA, the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency.
At the meeting, the United States announced $30.8 million in ‘core’ support to UNFPA’s work and an additional $6.6 million to support humanitarian efforts.
UNFPA is very pleased that the United States has restored critical funding and political support,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA.
“Our renewed partnership will have an enormous impact on women and girls globally, including those caught in humanitarian crises.”
U.S. humanitarian support enables UNFPA to deliver lifesaving protection, support, and reproductive and maternal healthcare to vulnerable women and girls in humanitarian settings, including in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, Sudan, and Afghanistan.
Renewed ‘core’ support from the United States Government enables UNFPA to respond to the crucial needs of women and girls as efficiently as possible across the more than 150 countries we work in to uphold their rights and choices.
Across the world, UNFPA works to meet all unmet need for family planning and contraceptives, end all preventable maternal deaths and end all instances of gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.