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Since 2008, UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) and UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) have worked together to implement the Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting: Accelerating Change. Phase II (2014–2017) of the Joint Programme works with governments, civil society, communities and individuals to accelerate abandonment of female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C) in 17 countries. It also supports regional and global initiatives towards this end. As the largest global programme addressing FGM/ C, the Joint Programme plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3, which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5.