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Following more than a decade of internal conflict in Nepal, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CAP) was signed on 21 November 2006. The Government of Nepal, in February 2007, established the Nepal Peace Trust Fund (NPTF) as a mechanism for interested donors to contribute to the peace process through direct contributions to the Government.
In March 2007, to complement the NPTF, the United Nations Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) was created to mobilize resources to the UN system in Nepal in support of activities of clear, short-term relevance to the peace process. Key features of the UNPFN include:
The UNPFN is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.
The UNPFN and the Peacebuilding Fund in Nepal: In addition to direct donor contributions to the UNPFN, an $18 million PBF allocation to Nepal is channeled through the UNPFN funding mechanism. This is composed of a $10 million contribution to the first Nepal Priority Plan and an $8 million contribution for the second Priority Plan. Note that this UNPFN Factsheet does not include financial information related to the PBF allocations. . For an overview of all activities in Nepal funded through MDTFs and JPs administered by the MPTF Office, click here.
The UNPFN finances projects carried out within a framework of strategic priorities developed to assist with the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. It complements the peace initiatives launched by the government and financed by the NPTF and other development partners. Only those activities that cannot be funded or implemented through the Government’s NPTF, through the reprogramming of existing projects, or through other existing mechanisms will be funded. The UNPFN is further expected to enhance UN coordination in support of the peace process as well as to contribute to UN coherence, efficiency and aid effectiveness in relation to the peace process.
The UNPFN operates, to the extent possible, based on best practices and principles that normally apply in a post-conflict situation, including the guidelines of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on "Helping to Prevent Violent Conflict" and "Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States".
The UNPFN is particularly designed to enable rapid delivery of essential peace support activities responsive to the demands of a changing environment. The UNFPN fosters activities under five main priority areas:
In order to avoid duplication of effort and ensure strategic coherence in support of the peace process, the UN Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) and the Government’s Nepal Peace Trust Fund (NPTF) functions within the same governance structure.
The NPTF Board
The Donor Group
The UNPFN Executive Committee
The Technical Expert / Sectoral Cluster Groups
The projects and operations of the UN Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) are designed and carried out under the overall guidance of the Government-led NPTF Board in consultation with the Donor Group, which provides advice on the operation of the UNPFN, and in accordance with the instructions of the Executive Committee, which manages the UNPFN activities.
Any Participating Organization (UN entity) that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UNDP MPTF Office, as the Administrative Agent of the UNPFN, is eligible for funding under the UNPFN and may prepare and submit project proposals. Non-UN entities, such as international and national organizations, interested in applying for funding to the UNPFN may submit projects through a relevant Participating Organization.
Application and Allocation Process
When there are sufficient un-earmarked funds available for a competitive funding round, the following process is followed to promote transparency, effectiveness and coordination of UN peace building activities:
• Step 1. A limited number of strategic outcomes are selected for the funding round in consultation with the Government, donor and the UNCT. UNCT members are invited to apply on a competitive basis.
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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For Policy and Programme issues
Office of the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal, UN House, Pulchowk, P.O.Box-107, Kathmandu, Nepal
For Fund Administrative Agent issues
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;