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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.

8 Apr 2019

Inspired by the Secretary General’s reform of the United Nations, the Joint SDG Fund supports the acceleration of progress across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Fund incentivizes stakeholders to transform current development practices by breaking down silos and implementing initiatives built on the converging facets of diverse partnerships, integrated policiesstrategic financing, and smart investments.


To get the 'world we want' we need innovative programmes that fast-track progress across multiple development targets and results, and contribute to increasing the scale of sustainable investments for the SDGs and 2030 Agenda. The Joint SDG Fund response was to launch its first call for concept notes in March 2019. Resident Coordinators have until May 6, 2019 to submit their best integrated policy solutions that focus on the principles of 'leave no one behind' and social protection.


Joint SDG Fund operations are possible because of generous contributions from the governments of Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


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-      Information on the call for concept notes:

28 Mar 2019

New York - In the lead up to the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference, UN Women, alongside the UN Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Department of Peace Operations and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, formally announced the launch of the Elsie Initiative Fund, an important partnership of Member States with UN entities that will help accelerate progress towards achieving the targets to increase the proportion of women serving in uniformed military and police roles.

In November 2017, at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial held in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations, an innovative and multilateral pilot project to develop, apply and test approaches to help overcome barriers to increasing women’s meaningful participation in peace operations. Today, at the UN headquarters in New York, the Elsie Initiative Fund was officially unveiled. Canada is providing an initial contribution of $15 million toward the Fund. The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Finland announced additional contributions.

Trailblazer of gender equality in peace operations

This multi partner trust fund, named after the Canadian women’s right pioneer Elsie MacGill, has been designed to become a trailblazer for the achievement of the UN Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy (2018-2028). Since 2015, the overall rate of women in United Nations peace operations has only increased from 4.4% to 5%. At the current pace, it will take decades to reach the levels outlined in Security Council resolution 2242.

The Elsie Fund is not a fund simply collecting contributions for gender parity in peacekeeping, but a smartly designed financial instrument intentionally focusing investments to remove gender barriers and bottlenecks and to create incentives to accelerate positive change and results for peace outcomes.

Performance based financing and flexible funding

As highlighted by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director,  the funds “will help to boost the number of women participating in decisions and actions relating to their own security, and that of their communities, and ensure that women’s unique perspective is included, whether they are in the field or at the peace table.”

The Fund’s Secretariat will be hosted by UN Women, while the UN MPTF Office will serve as trustee of this innovative pooled fund that will provide flexible project funding and financial incentives for countries contributing troops and police personnel to peace operations.

A particular innovative element of the Fund are the premiums for gender-strong units. These are peace units with substantial representation of women overall and in positions of authority, that have provided gender training to all unit members and have adequate equipment and infrastructures to ensure parity of deployment conditions for women and men peacekeepers.

Meaningful participation

“The imperative to include more women in peacekeeping is self-evident and stands on its own merit”, emphasized Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary General for the UN Department of Peace Operations, “women have the right to serve, in an environment that enables their meaningful participation.  From a practical standpoint, more women in peacekeeping at all levels and in key positions means more effective peacekeeping “

In the words of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, “greater participation by women in the peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes will change the dynamics of these missions and pave the way for a more enduring peace”.

For more info on the Elsie Initiative Fund click here.

* In the picture above: From right to left, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Jennifer Topping, UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office Executive Director, Wing Commander Theodora Adjoa Agornyo, female peacekeeper and Lt. Col Bradley Orchard, UN Women. Photo: Global Affairs Canada


22 Jan 2019

Representatives from governments and UN Agencies met in New York to discuss the role of pooled funds in achieving SDGs during the first Multi-Stakeholder Discussion Forum on pooled financing organized by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTFO). In this first forum there was general agreement among all participating stakeholders of the relevance of interagency pooled funds to promote UN coherence and empower UN Resident Coordinators.

The establishment of this periodic discussion forum, conceived as a platform of dialogue and engagement of UN pooled funds stakeholders, comes per decision of UNDP Executive Board following the recommendation of an independent evaluation of interagency pooled funds released in September 2018. These discussions are particularly relevant in the context of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call for doubling of pooled finance as part of the UN development system reform to repositioning the UN Development System to achieve the 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Pooled funds at the service of the UN Reform

In this first forum there was general agreement among all participating stakeholders of the relevance of interagency pooled funds, with particular emphasis on those administered by the MPTF Office, to promote UN coherence and empower UN Resident Coordinators.

Stakeholders from governments highlighted, for example, that additional efforts are required to  reach the target set by UN Secretary General of doubling allocations to UN pooled funds. High standards of transparency, accountability and reporting of results pooled mechanisms are crucial. UN entities underscored that a key factor of success is a neutral and professionally dedicated trustee function, as provided by the MPTF Office, which is firewalled from all UN implementing entities and the need to follow standard legal agreements for collaboration.

The discussion also touched upon the current development finance landscape, the role of pooled funds in the context of the UN Reform for empowering Resident Coordinators, the use of pooled funds in bridging the nexus humanitarian-development-peace and future incarnations of these discussion forums, with potential themes and focus. The next forum is expected to take place in June 2019 and the MPTF Office will invite stakeholders to help shape the agenda.

Expertise on UN pooled funding

The MPTF Office is the UN hub on pooled financing. Hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), it provides fund design, fund administration, and other professional services to UN entities, national governments and non-governmental partners. For 15 years and with a cumulative portfolio of over US$10.8 billion, the MPTF Office has supported the joint action of UN entities, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector in 113 countries. The MPTF Office provides integrated services throughout the life cycle of its pooled funds, from their inception to their closure. The MPTF Office has accumulated experience performing these core functions to expand the pooled fund-related services it offers and to become the UN center of expertise on pooled funding instruments.

As development contexts have substantially changed and countries’ priorities have evolved, the MPTF Office has evolved with them and it is expected that these discussion forums will become an instance to learn about partners’ needs and challenges to trigger innovation for a better provision of pooled funding services.

Click here to download the visuals and video used during the discussion forum.

14 Dec 2018

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, 14 December 2018


The European Union and the United Nations approve €260 million in funding to eliminate violence against women and girls in 13 African and Latin American countries.


The Spotlight Initiative’s Operational Steering Committee has approved national programmes to eliminate violence against women and girls in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


The €260 million total investment across the 13 countries is the largest commitment of its kind, ever.


The approval culminates a year-long series of nationally-led, multi-stakeholder investment planning and programme design activities. The consultations brought together civil society, national governments, the European Union, United Nations agencies and other partners to design comprehensive, high-impact interventions that can save women’s and girls’ lives.


“We want to show that the European Union and United Nations can be strongly aligned for effective multilateralism that is close to people and can make a difference in women’s lives,” said EU Director-General for International Cooperation and Development Stefano Manservisi.




With the funding in place, United Nations teams will begin coordinating the implementation of programmes that will address legislative and policy gaps, strengthen institutions, promote gender-equitable attitudes, and provide quality services for survivors and reparations for victims of violence and their families. Critically, programmes will also strengthen and build women’s movements across Africa and Latin America.


“We are really excited that we can give the green light to country teams on the ground to get going,” said UN Director of Sustainable Development Michelle Gyles-McDonnough.


National launches for the 13 programme countries are planned for early 2019.


A regional launch for Africa is planned for 9 February 2019 in Addis Ababa.


The regional launch for Latin America took place in September 2018.


For media inquiries please contact:
In New York: Koye Adeboye, +1 646 781 4768,

In Brussels Chiara Puletti, +32 2 2992230,






Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations globally.


In sub-Saharan Africa, the situation is worrisome. In some countries in the region, 76 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. Most affected are marginalized women and girls facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. Fifteen of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are in Africa, and more than 40 per cent of girls marry before the age of 18. Every year, three million girls from 29 African countries join an estimated 200 million women and girls that have experienced the human rights violation known as female genital mutilation. The region also has the highest rates of unmet family planning needs, adolescent pregnancies, maternal deaths and HIV/AIDS prevalence.


Latin America is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world. In 2016, 254 women and girls were killed in Argentina, 349 in El Salvador, 211 in Guatemala, 466 in Honduras and 2,813 in Mexico


The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multiyear partnership between European Union and United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Launched with a seed funding commitment of €500 million from the European Union, the initiative represents an unprecedented global effort to invest in gender equality and women’s empowerment as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


In Africa, the Spotlight Initiative is addressing sexual and gender-based violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and their linkages to sexual and reproductive health access. Programmes will invest in the prevention of violence and scaling-up innovative and evidence-based approaches to social norms change through community mobilization activities. Influential stakeholders — such as traditional and religious leaders — will also be engaged as allies to address negative stereotypes about gender roles and social norms that condone violence.


In Latin America, the Spotlight Initiative is addressing Femicide. Interventions will aim at strengthening laws and policies, and at ensuring their enforcement, while promoting prevention of violence and services to survivors. Priority is also given to serving those most left behind, focusing interventions on women and girls facing intersecting forms of discrimination, as evidence shows that such women and girls are more at risk of violence and femicide. 

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