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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.

1 Apr 2020

New Yor, 31 March - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, announced today the establishment of a multi-donor trust fund to help countries stop coronavirus transmission and protect the most vulnerable from the devastating socio-economic impacts of the pandemic.

Faced with a global crisis unprecedented in the 75-year history of the United Nations, the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund will prioritize three critical areas of action as called for by the Secretary-General - stop the outbreak; protect the vulnerable; and build resiliency. It is anticipated that the Fund will require of $1 billion US dollars in the first 9 months.

“COVID-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. “This human crisis demands coordinated, decisive, inclusive and innovative policy action from the world’s leading economies – and maximum financial and techni­cal support for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries.”

The Fund was presented alongside a new UN report on responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. The Fund will focus on ending COVID-19 transmission while also addressing the pandemic’s devastating impacts on those most vulnerable to the types of economic shocks and social disruption coronavirus is creating. It will also seek to help countries to build back better, so they are more resilient and better prepared to cope with future health crises.

To meet these objectives, the Fund in close collaboration with national governments, will leverage the complementary expertise and resources of various UN Agencies linking them to private sector resources and magnifying civil society’s reach. “UN Resident Coordinators worldwide will be the drivers of the UN response on the ground, ensuring that the wide and diverse expertise and assets of the United Nations system are used in the most efficient and effective way to support countries”, noted Guterres.

Some governments have already expressed demand for this global instrument under the trusteeship of the UN and leadership of its Secretary-General. For example, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide had said that, a multi-donor trust fund “will provide predictability for our partners and help to make the efforts more effective.” And added that, “it is important to fight the virus all across the world. To succeed, all countries and organisations will have to work together. Norway is ready to contribute to the fund. We encourage other countries to do the same, so that the UN is well equipped to take the lead in coordinating our global response.”

The UN COVID-19 MPTF will be modelled on the successful UN Ebola Response MPTFwhich helped countries end and recover from the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. Its funding will complement the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Consolidated Global Humanitarian Appeal for COVID-19.

The fund will provide rapid resource allocation and will allow governments, private sector and international financial institutions to pool resources. The Fund will work the authority and leadership of the UN Secretary-General and the UNDP’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, the UN office specialized in this type of UN financing vehicles, will act as a trustee. Resources will be allocated to UN Agencies that will bring their specific mandates, operational strengths, programmatic offers and existing procedures and put into place integrated responses. A robust results-based-management will enable monitoring of the fund’s contribution to the coronavirus response and real-time information on contributions and activities approved will be available online.

31 Mar 2020

Establishes global fund to support low- and middle-income countries

NEW YORK, 31 MARCH 2020—The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods. The potential longer-term effects on the global economy and those of individual countries are dire.

In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, the United Nations Secretary-General calls on everyone to act together to address this impact and lessen the blow to people.

The report describes the speed and scale of the outbreak, the severity of cases, and the societal and economic disruption of COVID-19, which has so far claimed the lives of 33 257 people, with 697 244 confirmed cases in 204 countries, areas and territories1.

“COVID-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. “This human crisis demands coordinated, decisive, inclusive and innovative policy action from the world’s leading economies – and maximum financial and techni­cal support for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries.”

The report comes after the IMF has announced that the world has entered into a recession as bad or worse than in 2009. The report calls for a large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive multilateral response amounting to at least 10 percent of global GDP.

The United Nations system—and its global network of regional, sub-regional and country offices working for peace, human rights, sustainable development and humanitarian action, will support all governments and part­ners through the response and recovery.

To that end, the Secretary-General has established a dedicated COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to support efforts in low- and middle-income countries. Its approach underpins the reformed UN with a coor­dinated multi-agency, multi-sectoral response for priority national and local actions to address the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It will count on the country leadership of Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in swiftly supporting and enabling governments in this crisis, and recovery.

6 Feb 2020

NEW YORK – Gucci, one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative raising much-needed funds to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate across the globe. 


Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the Fund aims to raise over $100 million per year within the next five years for animal conservation, biodiversity and climate by asking brands to contribute 0.5% of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements.


Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said: “This partnership with Gucci marks the continuing evolution of this innovative fund, which provides a unique opportunity for brands across all industries to join forces and help preserve and protect biodiversity across the globe. Wildlife populations are half the size they were just 50 years ago, and their habitats and ecosystems are destroyed at an unprecedented rate due to human activity. The Lion’s Share is an idea that is as innovative as it is simple – and it makes a real impact on wildlife conservation."


Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, said: “The Lion’s Share Fund is an important addition to our conservation strategy. Nature and wildlife provide Gucci with inspired creation that is an integral part of our narrative through our collections and campaigns. With the increasing threats to the planet’s biodiversity, groundbreaking initiatives like The Lion’s Share Fund have the potential to be transformative by organically connecting the business community with direct action to protect our natural habitats and most threatened species.” Bizzarri continued “In a similar way, since 2018, Gucci has been totally carbon neutral across our supply chain and we offset our remaining emissions every year through REDD+, which protects critical forests and biodiversity around the world.”


Launched in September 2018, the Fund is already having an impact, providing a grant to improve critical radio systems for law enforcement officers protecting wildlife in Mozambique’s Niassa Nature Reserve and helping reduce the elephant poaching rate to zero, and providing a grant to help secure land for endangered orangutans, elephants and tigers in North Sumatra in Indonesia.


Animals appear in approximately 20 per cent of all advertisements in the world, yet despite this, animals do not always receive the support they deserve. The Lion’s Share gives brands the opportunity to take urgent and significant action and play their part in protecting our planet.


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18 Dec 2019

New York - The Spotlight Initiative’s Operational Steering Committee has approved €122 million for new investments across 12 countries and programmes in the Caribbean, Central Asia and Pacific regions.

The approved funds will kick-start programmes to end violence against women and girls in Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, and a new regional programme in the Pacific.

new programmes in Central Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Credit: Spotlight Initiative/Koye Adeboye.

The new investments include dedicated funds to strengthen women’s movements and women’s civil society organizations across Central Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Using its integrated programming pillar approach across all three regions, programmes in the Caribbean will address family violence. In Central Asia, investments will respond to sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, including child marriage.

Ending domestic and intimate partner violence will be the focus of investments in the Pacific region. 

It is estimated that the new programmes will directly impact more than 27 million people across the three regions.

“We welcome the approval of these programmes,” said Deputy Director-General for the European Union Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development Marjeta Jager. “It exemplifies the good collaboration between the UN, the EU, our delegations, Member States and regional institutions, such as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat."

According to UN Director of Sustainable Development Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, “I believe with these investments, we will move the needle significantly to end violence against women and girls.”

With programme funds now approved, UN teams and their national and regional partners will begin implementing programmes that address legislative and policy gaps, strengthen institutions, promote gender-equitable attitudes, provide quality services for survivors, improve data and empower civil society movements to end violence against women and girls.

New country programmes for Afghanistan and Ecuador are under development. Funding was also approved for the Africa regional programme, which will be launched in 2020.

The Spotlight Initiative Operational Steering Committee oversees overall programme implementation, reviews overall performance and approves any revision of the funding portfolio, as required. It is co-chaired by the representative of the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General and Director-General of the European Union DG DEVCO.

Members include directors from UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF, as well as observers from the EU and UN. The UN MPTF Office acts as administrative agent of the Initiative.

Source: Spotlight Initiative.

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In New York: Koye Adeboye, +1 646 781 4768,

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