UNFPA Logo – The Population Fund United Nations, UNFPA, (English NFPA, United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, renamed the United Nations Population Fund in 1987, but kept the acronym) is a specialized agency of the United Nations began sponsoring programs of population policy in 1967. It is the leading international organization in programs reproductive health , mainly birth control, the family planning and the fight against sexually transmitted diseases, especially in underdeveloped countries. Works in over 140 countries on policies to support women and youth.
It is currently headed by Babatunde Osotimehin. It is one of the subsidiary organs of the General Assembly of the United Nations and is headquartered in New York. It sets as its purpose to support countries in the use of population data for policies and programs to reduce poverty and ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free from AIDS and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
The International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 established the so-called Programme of Action of the ICPD, document that contains the latest strategies on population and development and focuses on meeting basic needs of women and men instead of setting objectives must population.