The UK mentioned on Thursday it’s briefly decreasing its worldwide help from £14.5bn (about $20bn) final 12 months to £10bn this 12 months ($14bn) due to the financial impression of the Covid-19 pandemic, and two UN businesses introduced large funding cuts of greater than 80%, AP reviews.
The UN Inhabitants Fund, which now calls itself the UN’s sexual and reproductive well being company, mentioned it had been knowledgeable that its flagship household planning programme was being minimize from £154m ($211m) to about £23m ($32m). As well as, it mentioned £12m ($17m) is being minimize from its core working funds.
The company, often called UNFPA, mentioned the UK was its largest bilateral donor in 2020, offering a complete of about $138m.
UNAIDS, which unites the work of 11 UN organisations attempting to cut back HIV infections and deaths to zero, mentioned its funding for 2021 was lowered from £15m ($21m) in 2020 to £2.5m ($3.5m) for 2021.
In 2020, the UK was the world’s third largest help donor, spending £14.5bn (about $20bn).
“The seismic impression of the pandemic on the UK financial system has compelled us to take powerful however obligatory choices, together with briefly decreasing the general quantity we spend on help,” a British authorities spokesman mentioned, talking with customary anonymity.
“We’ll nonetheless spend greater than £10bn ($14bn) this 12 months to battle poverty, deal with local weather change and enhance world well being,” the spokesman mentioned. “We’re working with suppliers and companions on what this implies for particular person applications.”
UNFPA mentioned it had anticipated $322m from the UK for its household planning programme for 2021 and 2022, and the lack of $180m can have a big impact.
“These cuts might be devastating for girls and women and their households the world over,” UNFPA government director Natalia Kanem mentioned.
The roughly 85% minimize to the household planning programme “would have helped stop round 250,000 maternal and baby deaths, 14.6m unintended pregnancies and 4.3m unsafe abortions,” she mentioned.