UNITED NATIONS, New York—UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, had no involvement in the selection of women to be profiled in the “White Hand Campaign” of the Arab Producers’ Union for TV (APUTV), even though its logo appears on the campaign’s website. In 2008, UNFPA agreed to provide the campaign with information and data on reproductive health and youth issues. It provided no funding. More importantly, UNFPA was neither consulted nor involved in the selection of Arab women to be featured by the initiative. The Fund therefore disassociates itself from campaign activities not related to its mandate. It has asked for its logo to be removed from the site.
APUTV works under the umbrella of the Arab League, and through the Arab Ministers Information Council. UNFPA provided information to the campaign based on its longstanding cooperation with the League of Arab States, and working within its mandate to advance maternal health, promote gender equality and support population and development strategies.