Yemen signs country program actions plan with UNFPA [Archives:2007/1031/Local News]

March 8 2007

SANA'A, March 4 ) Yemen's Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation signed a new Country Program Action Plan 2007-2011 on Sunday with the United Nations Population Fund. The plan will be financed partly by the UNFP with US $10 million and another US $5 million will be secured from donors.

The plan, signed by the Minister of Planning and Hans Obdeijn from UNFPA, relates to population issues including reproductive health, development, and issues relating to social gender.

Al-Arhabi assured that Yemen's relationship with donor countries is an ideal one and that the country program of the UNFPA is one example of constructive cooperation between both sides.

He further noted that the government now pay more attention to population issues, and both assured and praised the efforts of the UN represented through the Population Fund in helping developing countries to overcome their difficulties resulting from the continuous increase in population.

For his part, UNFPA representative Hans Obdeijn indicated that the action plan of 2007-2011 comes as a result of a joint and continued labor between the concerned authorities and the fund. It is further a summary of different documents consulted during the preparation of the plan.

Obdeijn further noted that the new plan will focus on governorates, together with districts to ensure a complete coverage of Yemen, pointing out that the fund has achieved noticeable successes and helped increase general awareness among the people, as well as to incorporate population issues into the curriculum.