Estonian Permanent Representative to UN Headquarters in Geneva Jüri Seilenthal participated yesterday, 26 June, in the annual meeting of the Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In his speech, Estonian Permanent Representative Jüri Seilenthal noted that Estonia values the work of the UN Population Fund in resolving the population issues of developing countries. A lot has been done through the fund’s various programmes to improve access to sexual education in developing countries. “Thanks to UNFPA initiatives, work has been done to educate the youth population and train health care workers,” he said.
Seilenthal added that Estonia recognises the UNFPA’s contribution to addressing issues of gender inequality as well as the fund’s role in improving the situation of women and standing up for their rights. “With the support of the UNFPA, an effort has been made in various parts of the world to develop health care services and train medial workers in order to improve the quality of health services for women and children and reduce infant mortality,” he stated.
Seilenthal also noted that Estonia has supported UNFPA activities since 2002. “For example, through the UNFPA Estonia helped to support the census carried out in Afghanistan in 2008,” he said. Seilenthal added that Estonia is committed to continue supporting UNFPA activities in the future.
The primary goals of the UN Population Fund are to advance the awareness of people and governments regarding population factors and help developing countries resolve population issues, first and foremost those related to reproductive health, gender equality, and health care.
Full text of the speech: http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/node/14802