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7/10/2003 - Amendment Calls for $100M in UNFPA Funding
In anticipation of World Population Day this Friday, Congressman Joseph Crowley and Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs will join policy experts this afternoon at an audio press conference to discuss restoring monies to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

5/8/2003 - House Committee Approves $100 Million for UNFPA
The House Committee on International Relations yesterday passed an amendment that would provide $100 million over the next two years for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

5/5/2003 - 34 Million Friends Campaign Hits $1 Million
A grassroots campaign launched to raise money for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after President Bush cut funding to the organization hit the $1 million mark last week....

3/10/2003 - US Ambassador Briefs NGOs at UN Commission on the Status of Women
Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, the US Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, briefed non-governmental organizations attending the Commissions 47th session last Thursday....

1/24/2003 - U.S. Funding Cut Could Increase AIDS
Pacific Island countries are facing critical shortages of condoms, which could endanger the region's status as one of the places least affected by HIV/AIDS, the New Zealand Herald reports....

12/18/2002 - US Loses Vote at Population Conference
Over the objections of the United States, delegates at the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference passed a resolution reaffirming a landmark 1994 population policy drawn up at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo....

12/16/2002 - US Angers Allies over Abortion Issue at UN Population Conference
The Bush administration angered several allies over the issue of abortion and reproductive health at the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok this past week....

11/11/2002 - UNFPA Seeks to Fight Fistula in Africa
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a two-year campaign to tackle obstetric fistula in 12 sub-Saharan African countries....

10/21/2002 - Developing Countries Face a Shortage of Condoms
A new report shows that there is a shortage of condoms being donated from richer countries to poorer countries, with a current supply that is about one tenth of whats needed, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

9/5/2002 - Women Gain Last Minute Victory At Global Earth Summit
As the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Earth Summit) in Johannesburg, South Africa drew to a close yesterday, delegates agreed to add language to the final plan that guarantees access to comprehensive healthcare and reproductive services for women....

7/25/2002 - US Backs Out, Europe Steps in with $32 Million for the UNFPA
Responding swiftly to President Bushs decision to cut the $34 million appropriated by Congress earlier this year for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the European Union (EU) stepped in with $31.8 million to fund projects by the UNFPA and the International Planned Parenthood Federation....

7/8/2002 - Barcelona Hosts Week-long International AIDS Conference
Fifteen thousand delegates including researchers, activists, and health care professionals, convened in Barcelona, Spain yesterday for the opening session of the six-day International AIDS Conference....

6/24/2002 - Bush Offers Limited Options for Global HIV Prevention
In a Rose Garden ceremony last week, President Bush unveiled his International Mother and Child HIV Prevention Initiative, earmarking $500 million over the next five years to 12 African countries and a few Caribbean countries for reducing transmission of the HIV virus from mother to child....

6/10/2002 - Senate Votes Support for Delivery of UNFPA Funds
Despite veto threats from President Bush, the Senate approved 71 to 22 an emergency spending bill (S 2551) last week that includes language calling on the Bush administration to disburse up to $34 million already appropriated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) - a major supplier of modern methods of contraception in the developing world....

6/10/2002 - Growing Need for Contraceptives Funding in Developing Nations
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a report in the latest issue of Population Reports, Family Planning Logistics: Strengthening the Supply Chain, warning that declining contraceptive funding in developing countries could result in more unwanted pregnancies and higher cases of sexually transmitted diseases....

5/28/2002 - House Passes Supplemental Appropriations Bill Without UNFPA Amendments
Early Friday morning, the House of Representatives, passed HR 4775, a $29 billion supplemental appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2002....

5/23/2002 - House Committee Reverses July 10 Release of UNFPA Funds
One week after approving the Lowey-Kolbe amendment which set a July 10 deadline for the release of $34 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the US House Appropriations Committee narrowly reversed its vote 32-30 passing an amendment by Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) to drop the July 10 deadline and cap the UNFPA Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 funding at $34 million....

5/15/2002 - House Republicans Aim to Stop Release of UNFPA Funds
Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) has threatened to introduce an amendment to the emergency appropriations bill that would give the president discretion over how much, if any, of the $34 million appropriated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be released during the 2002 fiscal year....

5/13/2002 - House Committee Votes to Release UNFPA Funds
The House Appropriations Committee voted last week to release $34 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by July 10, 2002....

5/3/2002 - State Dept to Assess UNFPA in China
The State Department announced yesterday that it will send a 3-person delegation to China later this month to assess the United Nations Family Planning Association (UNFPA) activities there....

4/30/2002 - More Voices Urge Bush to Release UNFPA Funds
The New York Times Nicholas Kristof joins womens rights organizations throughout the United States in urging President Bush to release $34 million appropriated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by Congress....

4/8/2002 - US Freeze Forces UNFPA Cuts
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been forced to cut new programs and staff because of under-funding experienced after the Bush Administration froze $34 million appropriated for UNFPA by Congress....

1/24/2002 - Members of Congress Call for UNFPA Funds to Be Released
House Foreign Operations appropriations subcommittee chair Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) urged President Bush to begin spending the $34 million Congress slated for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and cautioned him that if funds were not spent, There would be consequences. Kolbe and his counterpart in the Senate, Patrick Leahy (D-VT), emphasized that funding UNFPA was, according to Kolbe, clearly the intent of Congress....

1/14/2002 - Bush Denies Release of Funds for International Family Planning
President Bush placed a temporary hold on $34 million intended for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as part of a foreign aid appropriations bill the President signed last Thursday....