United Nations Population Fund Asiapacific (UNFPA Asiapacific)
The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
Its mandate is all the more crucial and central to global development in the era of the 2020 Agenda for Sustainable Development, underpinned by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.
Since UNFPA started working in the Asia and the Pacific region, the number – and rate – of women dying from pregnancy or childbirth has nearly halved. Women are better able to plan when to have children – and how many. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before.
But not everyone has benefitted equally from this progress. In Asia and the Pacific, deaths and poor health among women remain unacceptably high. Young women and men often face difficulties in accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services. Often left unprepared by school, young people bear a high risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. As a result, too many adolescents give birth and too many women resort to unsafe abortions.
While the region has seen impressive progress in combating HIV, the epidemic continues to outpace the response and new HIV infections are concentrated among key affected populations.
The Asia and Pacific region has among the poorest development indicators for women and girls. Persistent discrimination and gender-based violence remain widespread, and harmful practices - such as child marriage and prenatal sex selection - reinforce gender inequality across the region.
Much more needs to be done to ensure that all individuals can exercise their basic human rights, including those related to the most intimate and fundamental aspects of life. As societies grapple with the effects of population ageing and migration, new policies are needed to build human capital through investment in health, education and job opportunities.See more