In April 2012 the the annual report of the session of the UN Commission on Population and Development was released. The report examines levels of donor and domestic expenditures for population activities in developing countries for 2010 and provides estimates for population expenditures in 2011 and projections for 2012.
The report concluded the following regarding financial resources flows for assisting in the implementation of the ICPD PoA.
- Considerable progress has been made and funding has increased in all four components of the population package costed under the International Conference on Population and Development. This is a most welcome development. However, the financial resources currently mobilized are still not sufficient to meet today’s growing needs, and current funding levels remain below what is necessary to realize the goals of the Conference and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. This is true for all four components of the costed population package. More donor assistance and more national investments in developing countries are needed in order to meet the growing needs and costs, especially in light of the large youth population. The lack of adequate funding remains a major impediment to the full implementation of both the goals of the Conference and the Millennium Summit.
- According to the revised cost estimates presented to the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in 2009, a total of $65 billion was needed by 2010 in order to fully fund reproductive health services, including family planning and HIV/AIDS services, as well as censuses, surveys, civil registration and population research and training. The international community is a long way from reaching this level. This is particularly urgent given the fact that world population has reached 7 billion. Indeed, the need for funding is now greater than ever if the international community is to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that a world of 7 billion people presents.