NEW YORK, June 20, 2003 ( – The director of the United Nations Population Fund, Thoraya Obaid, came under fire from the agency’s own executive board this week, amidst questions surrounding management and financial reporting. Surprisingly, Canada was among several countries that challenged the UNFPA’s competence to manage its affairs.  One document that was cited suggested that UNFPA spending on reproductive health and family planning in 2002 had dropped from $119 million to $104.9 million. It was revealed that in reality such spending had risen to $130 million.  C-FAM and the International Organizations Research Group (IORG) have published an investigative white paper called, “The United Nations Population Fund: Assault on the World’s Peoples,” citing lax quality control standards and an inability to measure outcomes satisfactorily.  To read C-FAM’s account of the events: