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6 Sep 2019

New York, 6 Sep 2019.

Today, at the UN headquarters in New York, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office have released a new report on the financing of the UN development system, using the latest available public funding and expenditure data from over 40 UN entities. It includes two data visualizations: flows from the top 10 contributors to the UN since 2010 and UN expenditure in the group of 50 countries defined as crisis-affected. The report also presents ideas and initiatives from 25 prominent experts from outside and inside the UN System on the financing choices that lie ahead.

The report authors claim that “time is short”. Not only is 2030 approaching, but there is little time to take the necessary actions to prevent irreversible setbacks and development losses. Climate change, health, migration, armed conflict and inequality- all need urgent action and multilateral approaches to be at the cent of global action. It is, as a result, time for hard choices. Choices that governments, leaders, investors and citizens need to make about when and how to fund a multilateral approach to tackle these development challenges.

With an ongoing comprehensive reform process of the financing of the United Nations, the report aims to provide evidence to back up the hard choices and additional insight on the recently approved UN Funding Compact, an agreement between Member States and the UN to deliver better results on the ground, increase transparency and efficiency, and generate more flexible funding.

Revenues: growing but regular resources decreasing

The UN total revenue in 2017 was US$ 53.2 billion, an increase of US$ 3.9 billion compared to the previous year, with most of the funding directly provided by governments, of which 65% came from just 12 countries.

However, more than half of all the UN revenue (57%) was earmarked to a specific project, theme, region or country, confirming the decline of flexible contributions to the UN. The UN funding structure differs from other multilateral institutions and development banks. The nature of the funding is changing the multilateral character of the UN.

A  data visualization has been developed to map flows from the top 10 contributors to the UN since 2010, showing the evolution of their contributions and how their contributions are channeled through different UN entities.

Expenditure: mostly for crisis affected countries

Regarding UN expenditures, the report data shows that the UN indeed invests were most is needed: particularly in crisis affected countries. 32% of the funding went to humanitarian assistance, a four percent growth, while the share of funding for development and peacekeeping has remained stable (39% and 19% respectively). Africa is the region with highest UN expenditures (35%), followed by Western Asia (23%), Asia and the Pacific (13%), Americas (10%) and Europe (3%).

Expenditure in the group of 50 countries defined as crisis-affected was 76% of the total UN country-level operational expenditures. To further facilitate interaction with UN expenditures data, the report authors have developed an online tool that allows users to explore this data from 2010 to 2017.

The report also shows that ten countries account for 30% of UN total expenditures, with a growing share of these expenditures being for humanitarian purposes. The highest expenditures are in countries in protracted crisis. UN expenditures have grown rapidly in countries with escalating humanitarian such as in Yemen or Nigeria, and have dropped in countries where peacekeeping missions ended, for example, in Côte d'Ivoire, Haiti and Liberia. This data is provided to support current debates on the need of financing models for the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, the trajectory of countries from a crisis context to a pathway of long-term sustainable development.

With multilateralism on trial, hard choices lie ahead

The report authors acknowledge that the UN system-wide financial data is far from perfect. The UN has awoken though to the importance of having good quality, system-wide financial data. For example, in the fourth quarter of 2019 the UN adopted a set of common data standards for UN system-wide financial reporting - increasing transparency and accountability in the UN further.

The financial analysis is complemented by essays from prominent experts who provide insights on how financing flows are impacting the Sustainable Development Goals. There is a recognition that facing the general discontent with multilateralism today provides an opportunity to rethink. Multilateralism is a way to exercise leadership, not to abject it. It is also argued that discussions on financing multilateralism should be not only about volume but also about purpose, distribution and structure, and how to make smart choices. Experts also discuss financing instruments such as pooled funding, which are providing new opportunities for the UN system to address interconnected sustainable development challenges. Experts also agrees that this is time to invest in multilateral solutions and hard choices to be made.

  • Report can be downloaded at: link.
  • Executive summary and visualizations (with embedding code): link.



Contact information


Annika Östman

Communications Manager

Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

+46 (0)76-541 10 04


Raul de Mora

Communications Specialist

UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office

+1 631 464 8617

3 Sep 2019

Paris, France  On the occasion of the state visit of President Sassou-Nguesso in Paris, President Emmanuel Macron today signed a Letter of Intent committing 65 million US dollars for the preservation of the rainforest in the Republic of Congo, commonly known as Congo-Brazzaville.


This deal is made with the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), whose trust fund is administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) and of which France holds the presidency this year. Norway, France and the European Union contribute 45 million US dollars to the agreement, plus 20 million from the French Development Agency (AFD), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU). 


Covering 23.9 million hectares – which is equivalent to Greece and Portugal combined and represents 69.8 percent of the national territory – Congo-Brazzaville’s forests are invaluable sources of biodiversity and of high carbon stocks.


The agreement will support land use plans for sustainable management and protection of peatlands, by prohibiting their drainage and drying out. Discovered in 2017 in the Congo Basin, these peatlands are vitally important in the fight against climate change, as they contain nearly three years of global greenhouse gas emissions.


Congo's vision is to maintain a historically low rate of deforestation while diversifying its economy. Thus, the country is willing to mitigate future risks, including those related to agro-industrial exploitation, as was shown in a recent interministerial decree (2018) that directs these activities to savannah areas.


In the deal signed today, Congo-Brazza also commits to avoid conversion of more than 20,000 hectares of forest per year, and this only outside of forests that boast high carbon stocks and high conservation value.


The agreement with CAFI aims to help Congo address a complex challenge: reaching a sustainable economic development while making commitments in key growth sectors such as agriculture, mining and hydrocarbons and minimizing climate change impacts.


This Letter of Intent with the Republic of Congo is the third signed between CAFI and its partner countries, after the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 and Gabon in 2017. The forests of Central Africa cover 240 million hectares and are considered as Earth’s second lungs after the Amazon.


CAFI supports strategic and holistic national investment frameworks based on REDD + and low-emission development, focusing on six high forest cover countries in Central African region.

CAFI is managed by the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF), where United Nations agencies, the World Bank and bilateral development partners act as implementing agencies to support partner countries. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosts the CAFI Secretariat in Geneva.


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17 Jul 2019

New York – UN Member States and UN entities Tuesday (16/07) unveiled a new trust fund in support of achieving safe, orderly and regular migration.

The initiative, The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF), was called for by the Global Compact on Migration (GCM), adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2018. The aim is to provide financing for innovative programmes designed to support States’ migration priorities, ensure the better protection of migrants, foster cooperation, and further the promotion of migration governance that benefits all.  

“The Migration Fund can provide the impetus for all of us to take the next step; to bring the Migration Compact to life, to move us closer to realizing the SDGs, and to effect positive change in the field of migration,” explained Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, at the launch held at the UNICEF’s New York headquarters.

For his part, António Vitorino—Director General of the International Organization for Migration and chair of the UN Network on Migration—compared the positive impacts of safe and regular migration with the ‘tremendous human and economic losses incurred when migration is poorly managed. DG Vitorino noted that migrants make up 3.4 per cent of the world population and contribute 10 per cent of global GDP, with 85 per cent of migrants’ earnings contributing to their host countries’s economies, and only a small proportion being remitted back to their homelands.

Nonetheless, migration today continues to be a life-threatening transaction for far too many men, women and children. According to UN figures, since 2014, over 32,000 migrants worldwide have lost their lives or gone missing along migratory routes. Many have fallen victim to trafficking, arbitrary detention and exploitative or forced labour. Many more victims remain unaccounted for.

Migration governance, DG. Vitorino added, is “one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation in our time.”

DG Vitorino noted, too, that social discourse on migration currently is too often framed in binary terms: those in favour or against migration. Research shows, however, that migration is overwhelmingly positive for migrants and communities of origin, transit and destination–when managed in a safe, regular and orderly manner.

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund is open for contributions, with a target of USD 25 million for its first year of operations. Under the aegis of a representative Steering Committee comprising States, the UN system, and a broad range of partners, the Fund will facilitate the exchange of best practices and evidence-based migration policies.

The event was organized by the Chairs of the Friends of Migration group and the UN Migration Network, which brings together all UN entities working on migration.

Find more information on the Migration MPTF here.

Migration MPTF video

1 Jul 2019

CANNES – The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative which asks advertisers to contribute much-needed funds to support wildlife conservation and animal welfare across the globe, has won a Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.  

The Fund, first announced at last year’s Cannes Festival, was recognised in the Sustainable Development Goals category for its use of creativity to help address one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges.

Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses including founder FINCH, founding partner Mars, Clemenger BBDO and Nielsen, the Fund asks advertisers to help raise much-needed funds for wildlife conservation and animal welfare by donating 0.5 per cent of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund, the UN center of expertise in pooled funds, acts as a trustee of the Lion’s Share Initiative Fund.

Rob Galluzzo, founder of FINCH, who initiated the idea with film director Christopher Nelius said: The Lion’s Share is a mechanism that leaves us with a simple choice: ‘Are you a brand that wants to continue using animal talent to generate profit without contributing to their preservation? Or, do you want to be part of the solution? Because now that The Lion’s Share exists, the world is about to ask.”

Nick Garrett, CEO at Clemenger BBDO Australia, said: “We are so proud to be part of this. It means the world to us that our creative thinking is being used to have a real and meaningful impact.”

The Lion’s Share Fund returned to Cannes this year calling on individuals, creative teams and brands to pledge their support by dedicating their Cannes Lion awards by using the hashtag #LionforLions. In the spirit of this campaign, the Fund also proudly dedicates its own Grand Prix award to the cause.

Over the past decade one in four Cannes Lions Grand Prix winners have featured animals in their advertising campaigns. Despite this, animals do not always receive the support that they deserve. In fact, it’s the opposite – nine out of the top 10 most popular animals used in ads are either endangered or on the threatened list.

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator: “The Lion’s Share shows what a simple but innovative idea can accomplish.  Through media and brands coming together, we have been able to raise not only financing for conservation and wildlife, but also to engage new audiences on this issue.  And we would be thrilled to have others join us.”

Jane Wakely, Lead Chief Marketing Officer for Mars, said “The Lion’s Share is an innovative and bold illustration of what is possible when we combine our creative and media muscle as an industry to help prevent the extinction of so many iconic species. For Mars, it’s another step in living the commitments of our Sustainable in a Generation Plan.

“This is just the beginning--we urge other companies, brands, media and creative agencies to join us and help build this movement. Let’s transform the way we support animals and their habitats today to make a lasting impact on biodiversity and animal conservation tomorrow.” 

For more information on the Lion’s Share Fund, visit

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