UNFPA, European Union Signs 22-MLN-EURO
28 March 2003 UNITED NATIONS, New York UNFPA, the
United Nations Population Fund, and the European Union (EU) signed an
agreement yesterday for a 22-million-euro, three-year Reproductive Health
Initiative for Youth in Asia, which will be implemented in seven countries.
The EU will provide 18.5 million of the total of 22.24 million euros.
UNFPA, with overall responsibility for implementing the initiative, will
contribute 1.85 million euros. Another 1.85 million euros is expected
from executing non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The new initiative
will be implemented in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan,
Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.
"The lives of countless Asian youth will be touched and saved by
this initiative to provide them with the health services needed to avoid
HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies and other serious problems, said Thoraya
Ahmed Obaid, UNFPAs Executive Director. "I join millions of
Asian youth in expressing profound gratitude for the generosity of the
European Union and all its members. Their generosity will provide hope
to millions of young persons as they navigate the difficult transition
from adolescence to adulthood.
The new EU/UNFPA Initiative will support peer counselling and promote
HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. It will also help improve access to
youth-oriented reproductive health services and build the capacity of
local NGOs to meet young persons health needs. The Initiative will
serve vulnerable youth in and out of school, street children, factory
workers, rural migrants and sex workers.
Only last year, UNFPA signed a similar agreement with the EU for 20 million
euros to help 10 African and Caribbean countries with very high maternal
death ratios, rising HIV/AIDS rates, and lack of basic reproductive health-care
For more information, please contact Abubakar
Dungus or visit the UNFPA
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