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UNFPA’s Youth Center in Diyarbakır which is managed and run by the Community Volunteers Foundation and financed by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration organized a “we ride our bicycles together” with Tigris bicycle and special athletes club event in Diyarbakır on September 27th, 2017. Approximately 60 young refugee women and men participated in the event in which the refugees paired up with local riders and pedalled around the city for about 2 hours. The aim of the event was to facilitate the integration of the refugees into the Diyarbakır community by improving their relations with the locals and making them aware of their surroundings so that they can move around the city comfortably. 

During the event, the participants were also informed about the work UNFPA and other UN agencies do in Turkey by means of going over the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was established in 1969 as the biggest aid source with international funding in the area of population operating around the world. UNFPA operates in more than 150 countries for creating policies and strategies that support sustainable development. Having started its activities on a project basis, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been working on reproductive health, encouraging social-gender equality, and collecting, using and distributing data about development and humanitarian aid in Turkey since 1971. Within this framework, the first Country Program lasted from 1988 to 1992 and now the Sixth Country Program (2016-2020) is being executed.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. To this end, UNFPA focuses especially on 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality and finally, SDG 17: Partnerships for Goals

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