Friday, April 15, 2016

UN Chief Abandons Transparency on Funding for Reproductive Health

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. and Rebecca Oas, Ph.D
Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam)

NEW YORK, April 15 (C-Fam) The UN Secretary-General failed to produce an annual report tracking funding for reproductive health that served as an important oversight and accountability tool for nearly 20 years.

Ban ki-Moon declined to produce the annual report, although it is required, citing the difficulty of estimating expenditures for different areas of reproductive health and their increasingly “integrated” character—something the Secretary General has been pushing over the past decade.

This week Ban invited the Commission on Population and Development to consider changing the methodology and focus of the report. He suggested the methodology used by UNFPA and the Guttmacher Institute in the “Adding it Up” report released two years ago, which recommends spending more money on family planning in order to avoid spending on maternal health care.

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