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UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.

UNFPA started working in 1969 and began working with the Government of Türkiye in 1971. UNFPA Türkiye activities were initially carried out on a project-by-project basis. The first multi-year Country Programme ran from 1988 to 1992. The 7th Country Programme (2021-2025) is currently underway.

For more than 50 years, UNFPA in Türkiye supports:

- Promote mother and child health

- Improve reproductive health and rights

- Empowering young people fulfil their potential

- Promote gender equality

- Combat violence against women

- Enhance collection, use, and dissemination of development data

in collaboration with state institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector and universities.


Since 2011, UNFPA has also been supporting the humanitarian response efforts of Türkiye on promoting reproductive health and combating gender-based violence.

In line with the overall objectives of UNFPA, the 7th Country Programme (2021-2025) particularly focuses on the following areas:

- Sexual and reproductive health

  Unmet need for family planning 

  Modern contraceptive prevalence 

  Maternal mortality

- Gender equality and women’s empowerment

  Gender-based violence against women and girls

  Child, early and forced marriages

- Population dynamics


The 7th Country Programme contributes to the UNFPA global strategic plan transformative results by supporting the reduction of: 

(a) Maternal health risks

(b) Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies

(c) Inequalities and violence faced by the most vulnerable groups, thereby supporting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 (health), 4 (education), 5 (gender) 10 (disparities) and 17 (partnerships and data)


The 7th Country Programme embeds the needed transitions into the policies, budgets, institutions and regulatory frameworks, including youth, civil society, the media, the private sector, academia and other stakeholders, in line with the Decade of Action.


You can see the UNFPA’s 7th Country programme for Türkiye here.