Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna (54)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Ceist:

54. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if funding was provided in 2018 to the UNFPA supplies (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4777/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is a long standing supporter of UNFPA and provides non-earmarked core funding to the agency on an annual basis.

In 2018, the Department provided €3,500,000 in core funding to UNFPA, an increase of €700,000 on our 2017 core contribution. As outlined in the speech of the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D., at the launch of the UNFPA’s State of the World Population Report in October, Ireland is proud to be a consistent supporter of UNFPA. Since 2006 we have provided funding of around €55 million to the Population Fund, the majority of which is core funding. Ireland values the critical work of UNFPA and is committed to core funding on the principle that this allows the agency to plan and to respond to the most important needs.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not provide funding in 2018 to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Supplies Thematic Programme.