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United Nations Population Fund

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their annual contribution to the funding of the United Nations Population Fund in each of the past five years; how they monitor the use to which those funds are put; and what steps they have taken to ensure that activities that are funded by them through the United Nations Population Fund do not, directly or indirectly, support coercive population policies or gender-based abortion.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The UK's annual core contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over the past five years was £20 million for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 and £22 million and 60,000 pounds in 2009. The UK monitors the use of its annual contribution through its membership of the United Nations Population Fund's Executive Board.

The UK's policy and the United Nations Population Funds' work is stipulated by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Work. This programme specifically prohibits coercive population policies and gender-based abortion. Through the UK's membership of UNFPA's Executive Board we ensure that UNFPA implements the ICPD agenda and reduces the number of women and girls that needlessly die during childbirth.

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