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The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office is a UN center of expertise on pooled financing mechanisms.

It supports development effectiveness and UN coordination through the efficient, accountable and transparent design and administration of innovative pooled financing mechanisms. For more information, consult the MPTF Office Gateway and publications.

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

19 Jun 2019

Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

In a major boost to combat one of the gravest risks to global health a dedicated funding vehicle allowing partners to devote resources to accelerate global action against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was unveiled here today at a Ministerial Conference.

The Tripartite - a joint effort by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund, which is being supported by an initial contribution of $5 million from the Government of the Netherlands.

The AMR Trust Fund has a five-year scope, through 2024, and aims to scale up efforts to support countries to counter the immediate threat of AMR, arguably the most complex threat to global health. The UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, the UN center of expertise in pooled funding mechanisms, will act as trustee of the Fund. The UN MPTF Office, acting as an independent trustee, will provide real-time information on contributions and use of resources of donor contributions through the MPTF Office Gateway (

700,000 deaths a year

Antimicrobial resistance refers to the natural ability of bacteria and other microbes to develop resistance to the medicines we use to treat them, and the process is accelerated by inappropriate or excessive use of pharmaceutical products designed to kill unwanted pathogens in humans, animals and crops. In particular, the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health is fueling resistance. 

The rise of AMR, poses a threat described as a "silent tsunami". Drug-resistant microorganisms now account for an estimated 700,000 deaths a year, a figure that could increase to 10 million deaths each year if no action is taken. 

"Combating antibiotics resistance is fundamentally a behaviour change issue. I'm not talking about washing hands more often, but about ensuring antibiotics are prescribed less readily and that work methods are changed to reduce the chance of resistant bacteria spreading," said the Netherlands Medical Care and Sports Minister Bruno Bruins. "This topic is so important that it deserves to stay at the top of the international political agenda. Countries have made outstanding plans and it's time now to carry them out. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund that we're launching today will help us do this because the problem is too big for countries to tackle alone," he added.

"Unfortunately, borders don't stop bacteria. But by pooling our efforts and knowledge, we can help each other combat AMR," said Carola Schouten, the Netherlands Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. "There's still scope for improving the way antibiotics are used in livestock production, too. This conference is an excellent opportunity to engage in dialogue and learn from each other," she added.

"We all have a role to play to protect the efficacy of antimicrobial agents and the AMR Trust Fund gives us the opportunity to support the efforts of the different sectors at national, regional and global levels," said the OIE Director General, Dr Monique Eloit. "AMR must be addressed in a One Health approach and supported by long-term commitments from all stakeholders. The OIE is committed to supporting the animal health sector in fulfilling its commitments to ensure that both animals and humans will continue to benefit from available and efficient antimicrobials to treat their diseases for the future.

"FAO is fully dedicated to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and dedicated to produce safe food for a growing world population in a sustainable way, said FAO Deputy-Director General, Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo.  "Antimicrobials are necessary tools to ensure food security, but they need to be used in a responsible way. FAO considers the Multi Partner Trust Fund as a milestone in our Tripartite efforts to reduce AMR" she added.

"This new Trust Fund signals an important new commitment to combat antimicrobial resistance. AMR is a serious challenge to reaching universal health coverage and a threat to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals," said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General, WHO.  

Funding appeal

The immediate funding appeal is for $70 million, to be used to support countries and the implementation of the Tripartite's AMR Workplan 2019-2020, particularly in providing technical support to countries designing National Action Plans on AMR and to scale up local action.

Prominent among the AMR Trust Fund's ultimate desired outcomes is a world where infectious diseases can continue to be treated with effective and safe antimicrobials and one in which resistance is monitored and controlled at a slower pace. The pathway to that success entails activities ranging from awareness raising and the drafting of national action plans to surveillance of AMR trends and better ensuring responsible antimicrobial sales and use patterns.

Inaction, due to policy or implementation inadequacies, threatens to make common infections more difficult to treat and lifesaving medical procedures and treatments riskier to perform. 

Inaction could also raise food insecurity and rural poverty, when animal illnesses can no longer be effectively treated using veterinary medicines.

The AMR Trust Fund provides a joint mechanism for clear attribution and transparency of all sources of finance, while its activities will be based on the application of best practices, scaling up activities that have worked and innovative approaches to ensure that today's cures are available for future generations.

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24 May 2019

Representatives of Member States, UN entities and development specialists participated at a side event at the margins of the ECOSOC Operational Development Segment to share perspectives and lessons learned on inter-agency pooled funds and their role in the funding architecture of the repositioned UN development system.

For 15 years, the UN development system has engaged UN pooled financing as an instrument to promote UN coherence and advance global and national development goals. UN leadership and its Member States have recognized pooled financing as an effective instrument for improving collaboration with and within the UN—a major tenet of the reform process, across all of its pillars. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on repositioning the UN Development System (A/RES/72/279) committed to reduce fragmentation to “double inter-agency pooled funds to a total of US$3.4 billion” per year.

The discussions around the Funding Compact have reiterated and further developed this commitment on well-designed and professionally managed pooled funds, including specific commitments on doubling contributions to inter-agency development funds, increasing the number of contributing partners to UN inter-agency funds (from 59 to 100) and setting high capitalization targets for two flagship funds (the Joint SDG Fund and the Peacebuilding Fund).

The discussion was led by a panel of speakers consisting of Ambassador Besiana Kadare, Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations; Bruce Jenks, Senior Advisor at the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation; Berit Fladby, Policy Director for UN Development Activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway; and Lisa Kurbiel, Joint SDG Fund Coordinator at the UN Development Coordination Office. Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator of the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, moderated the event.

The event covered different elements and lessons learned for the success of pooled funds:

  • Experience shows that the advantages of pooled funds include: leveraging the UN diverse and unique expertise, providing flexibility to development partners, bringing coherence into the UN System, empowering UN resident coordinators, financing the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, promoting national ownership and allowing new forms of engagement with a variety of partners.
  • Inter-agency pooled funds are central elements of the UN development system repositioning, but should be taken as complement to core resources and other high quality funding, like thematic single agency funds. It is part of a more predictable, flexible and integrated UN development system funding infrastructure.


  • Strong pooled funds at the country level required strong leadership of national governments, while ensuring participation of all development partners in their respective governance structures. Earmarking should be limited to thematic rather than at a project level.  Programme countries are also becoming direct contributors, as shown by the experience of the Albania Acceleration Fund, when the proper set of incentives are in place.


  • A new generation of country-based development funds can serve as instruments to fund the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. Learning from the experience of the One UN Funds, country-based development funds should be used to fund key UN priorities in the country, leverage other sources of financing and provide integrated approaches to SDGs. Rather than a residual financing instrument of underfunded thematic areas, country-based development funds should be considered a central element for financing joint action.


  • Development pooled funds should be adapted to the different typologies of countries and their respective contexts. For example, Articulation with humanitarian funds, under the leadership of the Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, offers a great potential for better approaches in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. They can be particularly important in middle-income countries in leveraging additional sources of financing.


  • Professional administration, design and trustee services are crucial to ensure transparency and accountability. Additional efforts should be put into results reporting and mechanisms to ensure the visibility of contributors, particularly at the country level.


  • Global flagship pooled funds and particularly the Joint SDG Fund, conceived as a financing muscle for UN country teams, are crucial to empower resident coordinators and to accelerate progress toward the SDGs. The fact that 114 countries submitted funding proposals for leaving no one behind and social protection, is evidence of the value of this type of funding.

The meeting was webcast and a recording is available on UN WebTV.

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