The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) envisions a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child-birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
Who We Are
UNFPA is the world’s largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programmes. The Fund works with governments at their request to support national development programmes. UNFPA is represented in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean through a Sub-Regional Office (SRO) based in Jamaica. The SRO includes Liaison Offices in Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, which support the provision of technical assistance, capacity development and knowledge management as well as advocacy and policy advice to its counterparts in 22 countries and territories in the region.
Support to government is provided through a Multi-Country Programme. The current support programme covers the period 2017-2021. UNFPA’s support to the Government of Guyana is based on the country’s national development strategy. Working together with partners including government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UNFPA is assisting the government to accelerate progress on the ICPD agenda by strategically focusing on the following:
The UNFPA is working closely with its partners to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. This includes ensuring that individuals and couples, especially those who are vulnerable, have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services to help them decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children. When a woman can exercise her reproductive rights, she is better able to enjoy other freedoms and opportunities—from education to employment to full participation.
The Fund and partners are also working to reduce maternal mortality through the provision of quality care to women giving birth. This includes voluntary family planning, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care when needed.
Through the development of an Integrated Strategic Framework, UNFPA and CARICOM are working to reduce adolescent pregnancy by 20 % during 2014-2019. This effort will safeguard adolescents’ access to quality sexual and reproductive health services and commodities; age appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education; social protection mechanisms for the prevention of all forms of violence; and countries adopt common legal standards concerning age of marriage and consent across the region.
UNFPA is working closely with Member States, UN agencies, CARICOM, the OECS and civil society to ensure that the global processes in 2014 –2015 protect and advance the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Agenda and ensure that it is at the center of the post-2015 development framework.