Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment, Gender-based Violence and Accurate Population Data, Government and UNFPA Priorities for the Next Five Years


Under the fourth country programme, the United Nations Population Fund will invest 82 USD million in the next five years

Reproductive health, youth empowerment, gender-based violence and accurate population data, Government and UNFPA priorities for the next five years

Kabul, 8 February 2015 - The Ministry of Economy of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, signed today the new five-year plan of the organization to promote reproductive health, youth empowerment, gender equality and the access and use of accurate data in the country.

Through this new country programme, UNFPA will invest in Afghanistan 82 USD million supporting the Government in the achievement of seven major objectives: improve the delivery of quality family planning services; increase the availability of maternal health services in underserved populations and humanitarian settings; incorporate the rights and needs of youth in national development policies and programmes and increase availability of family life education; strengthen capacity of the health sector and law-enforcement bodies to respond to gender-based violence, with a special focus on child marriage; increase availability on reliable population data; and strengthen the capacity of government counterparts, parliamentarians and academic institutions in data utilization for policy development.

"The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is pleased to renew its partnership with UNFPA through the presentation of this fourth country programme," said Mr Habibi during his opening remarks. "The commitment to the objectives highlighted in this plan has been established in a participatory and consultative process under the leadership of the Afghan Government and involving key sectors and civil society organizations. We believe that the implementation of this programme has the potential to positively transform Afghan society and drive economic and social development in the years to come."