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UNFPA Bangladesh Launches 9th Country Programme

19 June 2017
UNFPA Bangladesh's Acting Representative and ERD representative shake hands

Following the approval of the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) Ninth Country Programme for Bangladesh (2017-2020) at the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS in its second regular session of 2016, the Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance, and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed the 'Country Programme Action Plan' on June 19th, 2017. This marks the official launch of UNFPA's 9th Country Programme in Bangladesh.

The new Country Programme is aligned with international and national development goals, including the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the national priorities of the Bangladesh Seventh Five-Year Plan in the areas of education, health, gender and equality.

The 9th Country Programme also places a special focus on those most left behind, including migrants, urban slum dwellers, refugees, ethnic, religious and other minorities, tea garden workers, adolescent girls, and people living with or at higher risk of HIV.

UNFPA will also continue working at the national level to support the Government of Bangladesh in developing and implementing polices and regulations which ensure people’s access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, especially for maternal health and family planning. Given the significant population of young people in Bangladesh, UNFPA will work with the government to put in place appropriate investments in health, education and employment for the country to reap the benefits of its young and innovative population.

High levels of gender inequality and gender-based violence, including child marriage, continue to hamper Bangladesh’s development. This is why UNFPA, together with implementing partners and the government, will work to advance gender equality, reduce harmful practices, and prevent and eliminate gender-based violence.

Throughout the 9th Country Programme, UNFPA will continue working on generating disaggregated data in censuses and surveys to provide evidence for planning and budgeting in the country. 

See the Country Programme Document here