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17 Sep 2020

This sixth edition of the Financing the United Nations Development System report presents comprehensive data on United Nations revenues and expenditures.

The landscape of global affairs has dramatically shifted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN development system now faces a significant challenge: how best to support and complement multilateral responses to the pandemic. The situation is grave and presents serious obstacles to multilateralism.

This year’s Financing the United Nations Development System report has been produced in full recognition that the effects of the pandemic demand humility, and with an acceptance of the need to prepare for significant future trends. The financial data provide an important benchmark for understanding the quality and quantity of UN financing when the pandemic struck.

The report is divided into three parts. Part One examines the UN’s financial ecosystem, including revenues and expenditures for 2018, and addresses data-quality issues. As always, the intention is to let the figures, tables and graphs speak for themselves where possible. The online version also allows interaction with the data through a series of data visualisations.

In Parts Two and Three, contributors from within and outside the UN system reflect on the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals, and on embracing the UN reform. By walking the talk, Member States can ensure that the UN is properly financed to facilitate building back, and leaves no one behind.


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16 Sep 2020

New York/Nairobi

A new, first of its kind fund to protect coral reefs was officially launched today on the sidelines of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, with a coalition of partners convening to mobilise resources to make coral reefs more resilient. The Global Fund for Coral Reefs seeks to raise and invest USD $500 million in coral reef conservation over the next 10 years.

The Fund, a finance instrument that blends private and public funding, will also support businesses and finance mechanisms that improve the health and sustainability of coral reefs and associated ecosystems while empowering local communities and enterprises.


Found in over 100 countries and territories globally, coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life—up to 1 million species. They also provide over half a billion people with jobs and food while protecting coastlines from storms and flooding. Despite their immense value and immense vulnerability, the protection of coral reefs has been underfunded on a global scale.


Coral reefs are recognized as a critical ecosystem in the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, and a recommendation by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) calls for protection of coral reefs. According the recently released fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook, coral reefs have “shown the most rapid increase in extinction risk of all assessed groups” due to human pressures, including climate change.

Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said: “We have great opportunities for global collaboration on coral reef protection, management and restoration coming up with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. We urge the global community to come together to capitalize this critical Fund in order to change the trajectory for coral reefs and save this precious ecosystem.”


The Global Fund for Coral Reefs has a dual focus: to facilitate the uptake of innovative financing mechanisms, including private market-based investments focused on coral reef conservation and restoration. Two, to unlock financing for coral reef-related climate adaptation through the Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund, and multilateral development banks.


The multi-party initiative to mobilise resources for the Fund includes public, philanthropic, and private actors, including: the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, BNP Paribas, Althelia Funds, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNEP, and UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), putting a spotlight on unique partnerships towards coral protection and SDG 14, on ‘Life Below Water’. The high-level event kickstarted fundraising efforts for the global fund and showcased the innovative finance instrument geared at mobilizing resources for the resilience of corals, one of Earth’s richest sources of biodiversity and the communities that rely on them.


At today’s High-Level meeting, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation—one of the co-founders of the Fund—made a presentation of Monaco’s commitment to safeguarding oceans and the origin of the Fund concept at the Ocean week workshop in 2018.


His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco said: “Coral reefs are marine ecosystems that are essential for the conservation of marine biodiversity. They are severely affected by climate change, and many of them are in danger of eventually disappearing. To address this situation, my Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have taken the initiative to support the setting up of an international financial mechanism to marshal private and multilateral resources that will help to improve scientific knowledge and promote practical solutions to save these reefs. I urge anybody who wants to protect biodiversity to join our initiative.”


The Fund will play an important role in conserving and restoring these critical ecosystems, which are under threat around the world – a 2018 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that, even if we collectively manage to stabilize global surface temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, 70 to 90 per cent of coral reefs will be lost by the middle of this century.


The Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Achim Steiner, said: “Innovative finance for conservation is a central pillar of UNDP’s strategy. Without nature, many SDGs cannot be achieved. As the world’s first UN multi-partner trust fund for SDG14, the Global Fund for Coral Reefs will unleash the power of private sector financing for conservation while supporting countries to rebuild and enhance resilience to COVID-19 and other shocks.”

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the other co-founders, also presented their ongoing efforts to save coral reef ecosystems and the interest from the private philanthropy sector to build partnerships with the Member States and the private sector. 

15 Sep 2020

New York – The Lion’s Share today announced new grants to support communities dependent on wildlife-based tourism – an industry that employs millions and is critical to wildlife conservation around the world, but one that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will fund local projects in nine countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to build resilience in communities in wildlife-rich areas and support protection of threatened wildlife in their last strongholds.

These initial grants, which amount to $400,000 and are issued in partnership with the GEF Small Grants Programme, mark the first investments to come from the COVID-19 response of The Lion’s Share – an award-winning initiative led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, that asks brands to contribute 0.5 percent of their media spend every time an animal image is featured in their advertisements.

Following a call for proposals in April, The Lion’s Share received over 1600 applications from nonprofit organizations working in crucial wildlife areas. The calls for help detail loss of jobs and income, loss of conservation project funding, increased poaching, and widespread food insecurity. The Lion’s Share will continue to raise up to $3 million dollars to fund all the top 40 selected projects.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, wildlife tourism generated USD 343.6 billion and supported over 21.8 million jobs in 2018. Through wildlife tourism, communities directly benefit from wildlife, empowering them to develop enterprises and generate much-needed employment and income.  Incentivized to protect wildlife and their habitats, they have become valuable guardians of nature at the frontlines of conservation. However, travel restrictions to slow the pandemic have depleted economic lifelines for hundreds of millions of people and conservation activities in wildlife-rich areas. Iconic species such as rhinos, elephants, gorillas, sea turtles, tigers, sharks and pangolins are facing unprecedented threats.

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said: “The spread of COVID-19 is a socio-economic, environmental, and governance crisis as much as a health crisis – a stark reminder that human health and well-being is intrinsically linked to the health and well-being of our planet.  We will recover from this crisis, but we must use this opportunity to build back a more equal, inclusive, sustainable, safer and healthier planet.  By leveraging the power of partnerships, The Lion’s Share has been able to not only raise financing for conservation and wildlife, but also engage businesses and consumers on this urgent issue.”    

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the United Nations Secretary-General’s call to transform the tourism sector to become more resilient, inclusive and sustainable, warning that the impacts of COVID-19 on tourism threaten to increase poverty and inequality, as well as reverse nature conservation efforts.  Indeed, the top 40 proposals selected for funding highlight that the most common threats facing communities are the loss of jobs and income (100 percent of proposals), increased poaching and overfishing (95 percent), and increased habitat destruction (95 percent). 

COVID-19 economic recovery

To aid in their socio-economic recovery, The Lion’s Share grants will fund local projects that build community resilience through development of skills and alternative sources of income, including cheesemaking in the snow leopard steppe of Mongolia, sustainable fish farming in Zambia, permaculture training in Nepal, and beekeeping in Uganda. Twenty of the 40 projects include actions that directly engage, and benefit women’s cooperatives, indigenous stewardship and youth activities, fostering inclusion of marginalized groups, for whom tourism has been a vehicle for integration and empowerment.  Alternative sources of income, like the creation of virtual tours in Bhutan, would not only link travelers with nature, but also help maintain the communities’ confidence in tourism and conservation, build digital skills, and promote innovation and use of technology in the tourism ecosystem.

The first nine projects also include: Virtual Safaris, Permaculture Gardens & Elephant-Human Conflict Reducing Chili Fences in Namibia; supporting the Black Mambas – the world’s first all-female anti-poaching unit – in bee-keeping and permaculture to reduce human-elephant conflict in South Africa; Sustainable Agriculture & Natural Medicinal Knowledge to support the Achuar indigenous community in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador; and Sea Turtle Anti-Poaching Rangers, and Community Livelihoods & Education in Sri Lanka.

All 40 project locations support imperiled species, and more than half of all projects are based in locations where multiple endangered and critically endangered species are present. Nearly a quarter of projects are located in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves or World Heritage Sites, internationally recognized for their importance as conservation priorities. Investing in these crucial wildlife areas and supporting jobs and livelihoods in these local communities foster green growth.  They address future economic risks by contributing to tackling climate change and biodiversity loss; safeguarding natural ecosystem services, such as clean water, crop pollination, and more; and reducing the risk of new zoonotic diseases emerging with the potential to become pandemics.

“We are extremely grateful for the support offered by the Lion's Share,” said Dr. Michelle Henley, Co-founder, CEO and Principal Researcher of Elephants Alive – one of the funding recipients. “This grant will enable us to upskill the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit to keep bees and grow permaculture, so that these women who are critically involved in protecting our wildlife can supplement much-needed income. This proof of concept in South Africa will then be implemented in vital elephant corridors, ensuring that living with elephants can be viewed as a bonus and not a burden to local people.  Over the last 100 years we have lost 97% of the African continental elephant population. How lonely it would be for our children if there were no elephants left. When we protect elephants, we protect habitats and a multitude of other species in the process, and in turn, our planet.”

The first nine projects to be funded by The Lion’s Share’s COVID-19 response grants are:

· Virtual Safaris, Permaculture Gardens & Elephant-Human Conflict Reducing Chili Fences in Namibia

· Black Mambas: Bees, Permaculture, & Human-Elephant Conflict Reduction in South Africa

· Sustainable Agriculture & Natural Medicinal Knowledge in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador

· Sea Turtle Anti-Poaching Rangers, Community Livelihoods & Education in Sri Lanka

· Fish Breeding Hub & Solar Horticulture in Zambia

· Community Aquaponic Agriculture & Virtual Tourism in Bhutan

· Cheese Production for Snow Leopard Conservation & Improved Livelihoods in Mongolia

· Establishing Beekeeping Around Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

· Permaculture Farming & Local Product Revitalization in Nepal

On the picture: Ranger Ronny Makukule tracks elephants in South Africa. Photo: Neil Aldridge

Originally published on UNDP News

9 Sep 2020

(New York) – The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) announced this week the launch of a new financing mechanism to accelerate women’s influence and participation in peace processes, ahead of the global commemoration of the 39th International Day of Peace on 21 September 2020.

The WPHF Rapid Response Window (RRW) on Women’s Participation in Peace Processes and the Implementation of Peace Agreements aims to address the funding gaps obstructing the efforts of women peacebuilders and women’s civil society organizations to effectively influence and participate in peace processes. Through the new funding mechanism, WPHF will mobilize and rapidly channel urgently-needed financing for strategic, short-term civil society-led initiatives to enhance women’s influence and meaningful participation in the various stages of peace processes in every region of the world.

“As we approach the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 next month, against the backdrop of the deadliest global pandemic of our generation, women's contributions to peace processes are more urgent than ever,” said Ghita El Khyari, Head of WPHF Secretariat. “This new funding window is an answer to the urgent calls led by civil society to support more women to effectively access and shape peace processes at all levels.”

The WPHF RRW has two funding streams: (i) Direct Support, through which the RRW finances an activity or service directly to ensure access and influence, and (ii) Short-Term Grants (currently closed) for projects that address a wide range of barriers to women’s influence and participation in peace processes and the implementation of peace agreements. The Direct Support funding stream is now open for applications on the global WPHF website in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. There is no application deadline for funding proposals, which are accepted on a rolling basis, and civil society organizations from all ODA eligible countries are qualified to apply. 

The establishment of the WPHF RRW was a recommendation of the UN Secretary General in his October 2019 annual report on women, peace and security, and made possible with the generous support of the Governments of Austria, Canada and Norway.

WPHF has taken a participatory approach to establishing the RRW through a series of consultations with women peacebuilders and diverse stakeholders and experts. These consultations have ensured that the RRW does not duplicate the critical work of UN agencies and INGOs, but rather fulfils an essential function of responding to alarming funding gaps that continue to constitute barriers to women’s access to and influence over peace processes and their effective implementation. 

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