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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 (mptf.undp.org).

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.


8 May 2019

Geneva, 8 May 2019 - The heads of the eight United Nations organizations constituting the Executive Committee of the UN Network on Migration have established the Start-up Fund for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the first financing instrument of its kind, to support international cooperation on migration. Also referred to as Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund (Migration MPTF), this mechanism will help to jumpstart projects and foster greater cooperation in pursuit of well-managed migration policies. 

While safe, orderly and regular migration brings benefits to migrants and communities of origin, transit and destination, unregulated migration presents various challenges, including the risk that migrants become vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Given the complexity of the drivers of migration, migration has become a litmus test of international cooperation.

In attendance at the signing ceremony were Guy Ryder (ILO), António Vitorino (IOM), Michelle Bachelet (OHCHR), Liu Zhenmin (UNDESA), Achim Steiner (UNDP), Henrietta Fore (UNICEF), Filippo Grandi (UNHCR) and Yury Fedotoy (UNODC). Other members of the UN Network will sign up shortly.

António Vitorino, the Director General of the International Organization for Migration and Coordinator of the Network, who will also serve as chair of the Fund’s steering committee, highlighted the significance of the occasion, noting that “today we established a new mechanism fostering international cooperation towards safe, orderly and regular migration: an inspiring example of what the UN can do together”. 

A joint effort for international cooperation on migration

The Migration MPTF was called for by the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2018. As a UN pooled financing mechanism, its primary purpose is to assist Member States in implementing the Global Compact.

Drawing on the collective expertise of the different participating UN entities, this mechanism will allow the UN at the country level to work with other key stakeholders, including national and local authorities and civil society, to design and implement joint programmes, building on best practice, that provide a multidimensional response to addressing migration opportunities, challenges and needs. While a specific focus will be given to joint programming at national level, the Migration MPTF will also support local, regional and global initiatives, heeding the call of the Global Compact to strengthen implementation at all levels.

As a collective endeavour of the UN system, Member States and other partners, the Fund is a clear example of how the UN development system can jointly deliver integrated responses that support States’ needs and leave no one behind in the path to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In particular, this mechanism will advance SDG target 10.7 aimed at facilitating “orderly, safe and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies”.

The Fund is now open for contributions.  By pooling together resources from governments, private sector and other organizations, this mechanism is expected to mobilize funding from a wide array of contributors.

Picture: On behalf of the UN entities they lead, from right to left, Guy Ryder (ILO), Henrietta Fore (UNICEF), António Vitorino (IOM), Yuri Fedotoy(UNODC), Michelle Bachelet (OHCHR), Achim Steiner (UNDP), Liu Zhenmin (UNDESA) and Filippo Grandi (UNHCR) sign Memorandum of Understanding establishing the new Migration MPTF.


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.

 

To find out more visit:

 

-      Website: www.jointsdgfund.org or https://undg.org/2030-agenda/joint-sdg-fund/.

-      MPTF Office Gateway: http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/fund/IPS00

-      Information on the call for concept notes: http://mptf.undp.org/document/download/21205


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