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United Nations Population Fund

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) officials have had with the United States Administration on its decision to suspend the US contribution to the United Nations Population Fund; and if he will make a statement. (158367)

There have been no discussions between DFID Ministers or officials and the United States Administration on the suspension of the US contribution to UNFPA.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who the British representative is on the Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund; and what relevant (a) specialist and (b) general qualifications and experience he or she has. (158370)

The British representative on the Executive Board of UNFPA is a representative of the UK mission in New York, who acts on behalf of the UK ambassador to the UN. The representatives have specialist skills and qualifications in the areas of health and development as well as general qualifications in economics and international enterprise. The representatives’ experience in government ranges from five to 25 years.

There is a strong partnership between colleagues in the UK mission and DFID. The former liaise with DFID on all health and development issues.