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Following the current Zika virus outbreaks, and their association with an increase in microcephaly, other congenital malformations and neurological conditions (including Guillain-Barre syndrome), WHO, in consultation with partner agencies and international epidemiological experts, has developed a dedicated strategy, the Zika Response Framework, that seeks to support the implementation of national response plans for a specific health emergency or outbreak, as well as the broader societal, economic and political stability aspects. The over-arching goal of this strategy is to investigate and respond to the cluster of microcephaly and other neurological complications that could be linked to Zika virus infection, while increasing preventive measures, communicating risks and providing care to those affected.
To generate and manage resources towards this goal, the UN Secretary-General in collaboration with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes (UN AFP) has launched the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (Zika Response MPTF). The aim of this inter-agency pooled funding mechanism is to rapidly resource the UN system responses to Zika virus, in accordance with the overview of needs and requirements and the Zika Response Framework.
The Strategic Objectives of the UN System Response to Zika virus are:
The UN Zika Response MPTF will ensure:
The Zika Response MPTF is led by the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change serving as the Chair of the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee provides guidance to the Chair in the management of the UN Zika Response MPTF and consists of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the health cluster and up to three donors. WHO Health Emergencies Programme supports and advises the Chair of the Advisory Committee on strategic issues for the Fund and technical health issues. The Chair, in consultation with the Advisory Committee, will articulate the funding priorities, and approve proposal submissions by UN Recipient Organizations.
A Fund Secretariat provides the administrative support to the Chair of the Advisory Committee. The Secretariat supports the fund mobilization efforts led by the Chair; organize calls for and appraisal of proposals; and monitor and report on Fund’s programmatic and operational performance to the Advisory Committee.
The Zika Response MPTF is designed to support and allocate resources to Recipient Organizations (UN Funds and Programmes and UN Specialized Agencies, IOM and NGO Implementing Partners) in undertaking specific activities and functions, aligned with the three Strategic Objectives of the UN System Response to Zika virus.
The Fund is administered by the UNDP MPTF Office (http://mptf.undp.org), acting as the Administrative Agent. The MPTF Office is responsible for Fund design and set-up, the maintenance of the Fund account, the receipt of donor contributions and the disbursement of funds upon instructions from the Chair and provision of periodic consolidated reports.
Proposals to support the three strategic objectives of UN System Response to Zika virus will be financed by the Fund. Operational procedures of the Zika Response MPTF are streamlined to facilitate rapid fund allocation processes.
How to Contribute
Contributions to the Zika Response MPTF may be accepted from Member States, regional, inter-governmental organizations, businesses and individuals. In order to contribute to the Fund, the Standard Administrative Arrangement with the MPTF Office needs to be signed. Contributors are encouraged to provide un-earmarked contributions. If due to specific donor preferences the un-earmarked contributions are not feasible, donors may earmark their contributions to a specific affected country or Strategic Objective of Zika Response.
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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