UN / UNFPA BUDGET CUTS

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Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement “deeply” regretting the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / UNFPA BUDGET CUTS
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DATELINE: 04 APRIL 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt up, exterior United Nations headquarters

04 APRIL 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson at the podium
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General deeply regrets the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the UN Population Fund, which could have devastating effects on the health of vulnerable women and girls and their families around the world. He believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work done by UNFPA. As High Commissioner for Refugees for over 10 years, the Secretary-General saw first-hand the life-saving character of the UNFPA’a activities. He appeals to donors to increase their support for UNFPA to allow it to continue its critical work during this difficult period.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“The agency refutes the claim that it “supports, or participates in the management of a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization” in China. As with all of its work, UNFPA promotes the human rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination.”
7. Wide shot, Dujarric walks away

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement today (4 Apr) “deeply” regretting the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

According the statement, read by spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, the United States’ decision “could have devastating effects on the health of vulnerable women and girls and their families around the world.”

Dujarric said Guterres “believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work done by UNFPA.”

Guterres, through his statement appealed to donors “to increase their support for UNFPA to allow it to continue its critical work during this difficult period.”

Dujarric also read a statement from UNFPA saying that “the agency refutes the claim that it “supports, or participates in the management of a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization” in China.”

UNFPA is voluntarily funded by governments. According to the agency, contributions to UNFPA totalled $979 million in 2015. The amount includes $398 million to the organization’s core resources and $581 million earmarked for specific programmes or initiatives.

Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved.
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