Press Statement
Robert Wood
Acting Department Spokesman, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 24, 2009

The Department of State will contribute $50 million to UNFPA in 2009, as provided in the Omnibus Appropriations Act. This decision highlights the Administration’s strong commitment to international family planning, women’s health, and global development. The United States is a global leader in promoting voluntary family planning and the health of vulnerable women and children in the developing world.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the principal international organization supporting programs that provide access to voluntary family planning and reproductive health services, including information and counseling on a range of safe and affordable contraceptive methods. UNFPA works with governments to develop and strengthen laws and policies that support the equality of women and prevent rape, domestic abuse, and other forms of gender-based violence. We look forward to working closely with UNFPA on these important programs.


PRN: 2009/255