Deal signed for Turkey to host UNFPA Regional Office

UNFPA will carry out its activities in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern European countries from its office in Istanbul.

Deal signed for Turkey to host UNFPA Regional Office

Turkey signed a host country agreement with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, was chosen to host UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office.

The agreement was signed in New York on Thursday by Turkey's Permanent Representative at the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan and UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid.

Obaid told reporters that Istanbul eliminated three other bidders --Geneva, Copenhagen and Vienna-- as Turkey's offer was the best and most generous.

UNFPA regional office in Istanbul is expected to open this fall.

UNFPA will carry out its activities in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern European countries from its office in Istanbul.

The UNFPA began operations in 1969 as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (the name was changed in 1987) under the administration of the United Nations Development Fund. In 1971, it was placed under the authority of the United Nations General Assembly.

UNFPA supports programs in 140 countries, territories and areas spread across four geographic regions: Arab States and Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa. Around three quarters of the staff work in the field.


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