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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reaffirmed its commitment to protect and empower girls in Nigeria.
The Fund’s Country Representative, Ms. Ulla Mueller, made this commitment during the validation of the Fund’s 9th Country Program Document (CPD) for Nigeria in Abuja.
The Tide source reports that the Fund’s 9th Country Program (CP), covering the period 2023-2027, will accelerate the country’s development aspirations.
The source also reports that UNFPA had developed and implemented programs tailored to the needs, aspirations and development of countries around the world.
The programs are aligned with national priorities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2020-2025, contributing to its five strategic areas of economic development, social development, institution building; Peace, Security and Justice, and Environment.
In Nigeria, the Fund’s 8th CP which focused on addressing gender-based violence (GBV), maternal mortality, family planning, among others, will expire on December 31, 2022, hence the need for a 9th CP in order to take advantage of the lessons learned from the current cycle.
The country program will also enable UNFPA to work towards achieving the three transformative goals of zero unmet need for contraception; zero preventable maternal deaths; and zero GBV and harmful practices by 2030.
The country representative therefore expressed the interest of the United Nations system in empowering and protecting the girl child through continued access to sexual and reproductive health rights.
She described girls and young people as the future of every nation, saying their protection is in line with UNFPA’s strategy.
According to her, the Fund will continue to contribute to the development of Nigeria through improved health care for women, girls, children, adolescents, men and people with disabilities.

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