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In 2014, the 20-year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD@20) revealed what the world can achieve if it focuses on inclusive social development - including access to sexual and reproductive health for marginalized populations - that is underpinned by human rights.

In 2015, the world marked the end of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) implementation period, with identification of key unfinished business across some of the MDGs, including MDG 5 – Improve maternal health and its associated targets. 2015 also heralded in the launch of the successor comprehensive and far reaching 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Agenda 2030.

Within this context, UNFPA in Zambia in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia renewed its country programme in September 2015, with the UNFPA Executive Boards’ approval of the 8th Country Programme for the period 2016-2020. Focused on inclusive social development and ensuring that “no one is left behind”,  the  8th country  programme  is  guided  by  analytical  studies  and  assessments,  and  benefited from multi-sectoral consultations with the Government, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector, young people, in addition to other United Nations agencies and organizations. It is aligned with  Zambia’s 7th National  Development  Plan;  Zambia’s Vision  2030;  and the  United  Nations  Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) 2016 – 2021.

The 8th Country Programme supports national level policies, programme design, and implementation of nationwide interventions,  while  providing  targeted  support  to  marginalized  population  groups  and under served  districts  in  seven Provinces.