• 1 Mar 2021

    Today, the United Nations Joint SDG Fund announces a US$41 million portfolio to catalyze strategic financing to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The allocation expands the Joint SDG Fund’s investments to date to US$223 million, encompassing programming in 112 countries for Integrated Social Protection and SDG Investments.

    Fiji, Indonesia, Malawi and Uruguay were selected from 155 proposals from over 100 country applicants across the globe. UN Country Teams, in partnership with Governments, engaged senior finance experts to create in-depth approaches and solutions to SDG acceleration. Convergence Blended Finance provided the due diligence process with participation from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Rockefeller Foundation, Bamboo Capital, among others.

    Our dream is to bring together Wall Street and the rapidly increasing focus on ESG, impact investing, and investor excitement on the SDGs. The Joint SDG Fund is the vehicle to make this dream a reality. The Fund provides catalytic grants to unlock private capital towards blended financing of SDG investments.” Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations

    Each of the four programmes combine public and private money to invest in achieving the SDGs. Fiji will conserve and protect coastal reefs, marine life ecosystems while empowering local communities who rely on reefs for their survival. Indonesia will create a new generation of financial products to combat climate change by transitioning towards low impact energy and empowering the creation of women led small businesses. Malawi will reduce poverty, hunger and inequality by creating jobs and supporting small businesses in the country’s severely undercapitalized agricultural sector. Uruguay will combat climate change by helping transition the country's transportation and industry sectors to green energy while reducing poverty and providing affordable access to innovative clean technologies. These four programmes alone are anticipated to leverage an estimated US$4.7 billion in additional finance.

    “Thanks to the support of the Joint SDG Fund, the UN team is better equipped to support the alignment of private investments to the SDGs, through the establishment of a national ecosystem for impact investment. Without a doubt, it changes the way we work.” Mireia Villar Forner, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uruguay

    The Joint SDG Fund is also developing an impact-first portfolio of 12 additional countries that will receive support to further develop their proposals, including access to global SDG financing leaders in commercial banks, impact investing firms, development finance institutions and access to tailored coaching programmes.

    The portfolio will focus on diverse country typographies and impact areas: four Small Island Developing States, five Least Developed Countries and one Fragile State. In Kenya, an impact bond will finance sexual and reproductive health for adolescents. Suriname will develop its pineapple value chain to be more sustainable and affordable while Rwanda will fund health clinics powered by solar panel energy impacting the lives of people in rural communities and creating employment.

    “Our model fosters blended finance and a joint effort in the public and private sector, where corporates play an active role, beyond the provision of cash. The private sector can improve the sustainability of the impacts in the longer term. For this, we need cooperation with the leaders in development.” Marie-Laure Bourat, Co-Founder of Social Impact Solutions at Société Générale

    These diverse projects all have one critical element in common, their ability to leverage multi-million dollar grants from the Joint SDG Fund into billions for sustainable development and shift the conversation from funding to financing to advance equitable solutions.

    With sincere appreciation for the contributions from the European Union and Governments of Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Kingdom of Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and our private sector funding partners, this milestone marks a transformative movement to achieving the SDGs by 2030.

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  • 28 Jan 2021

    The Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) is pleased to announce that Germany, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have made commitments to the fund totaling more than USD$10 million. These contributions, announced during the first GFCR Executive Board meeting this week, mark the launch of a fundraising campaign that will culminate at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021.

    Coral reefs, which support an estimated one billion people worldwide, are among the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. It is estimated that more than half the world’s coral reefs have been lost due to climate change, over-fishing and growing local pressures. Coral reef decline, however, can be reversed by acting with urgency to implement proven projects at scale.

    "Coral reefs are one of the habitats most threatened by climate change. They make an important contribution to the biodiversity of our planet and to coastal protection,” said Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. “The Global Fund for Coral Reefs is an important step towards protecting these ecosystems.”

    The GFCR is a blended finance mechanism that will use public and philanthropic funding to catalyze private investments in coral reef conservation and restoration. These initial contributions will be used to operationalize the fund, develop a pipeline of investable projects, and implement promising early projects.

    The GFCR Executive Board reviewed and provided initial direction on programming priorities during its inaugural meeting that concluded January 28.

    Conceptualized at a workshop in 2018 hosted by the Principality of Monaco and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the GFCR has since grown into a global partnership that includes Member States (Germany), philanthropy (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation); UN Agencies (UNDP, UNEP and UNCDF) and financial institutions (BNP Paribas and Mirova).

    “We are pleased to be joining this world-class, public-private partnership to change the trajectory of the coral reef crisis,” said Paul Keating, head of philanthropy, Vulcan Inc., on behalf of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. “This smart blended finance approach allows governments, philanthropy and private investors to work together to achieve a common objective: sustainable coral reef conservation.”

    Administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, the GFCR is the first United Nations trust fund specifically focused on Sustainable Development Goal 14 (“Life Below Water”) and the first global blended finance instrument dedicated to coral reefs. The fund responds to the “coral reef funding gap” and fragmentation of funding for coral reef conservation and restoration projects.

    “Home to 25% of marine life and essential to a billion people worldwide, protecting coral reefs is critical to the survival of the planet,” said Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and CEO of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. “These ecosystems face unprecedent threats and significant loss. Without urgent action and rapid mobilization of financial resources, coral reefs will experience even greater collapse.”

    The GFCR is expected to mobilize US$125 million through grants and US$375 million of financing assets, that together will unlock more than two billion dollars in coral reef investments. The fund will demonstrate how a blended finance approach can mobilize resources to support coral reef-dependent communities.  

    “Innovative finance for conservation is a central pillar of UNDP’s strategy. Without nature, at least half of the SDG targets cannot be achieved and half of the global GDP is dependent on nature. 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 helping countries to rebuild and enhance resilience to COVID-19 and other shocks,” stated Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.


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  • 26 Jan 2021

    Against the backdrop of a COVID-19 crisis that has exacerbated pre-pandemic challenges and a global ceasefire appeal to combat it, the UN chief called for new peacebuilding funds on Tuesday, promising a “renewed approach to multilateralism and international cooperation”. 

    “An approach that goes beyond crisis response and boosts long-term investments in prevention and peacebuilding, hand-in-hand with our efforts to deliver the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs)”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the High-level Replenishment Conference for the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), which requires $1.5B for 2020-2024.  

    ‘Stewards’ of development 

    The “scale of turmoil…requires concerted efforts to ease tensions and prevent further escalation”, explained the top UN official.  

    He underscored the need for increased support to women and young people “as agents for peace and stewards of inclusive development”, maintaining that without their participation, “neither peace nor prosperity can be sustainable”.  

    ‘The right support’ 

    When aligned with both the UN’s and individual national priorities, the PBF and Peacebuilding Commission engagement, “can be invaluable”, according to the Secretary-General.  

    He gave a first-hand account of how the PBF had helped to stabilize Bambari in the Central African Republic (CAR), including through a combination of cash-for-work, rehabilitation, socio-economic revitalization and support to local peace committees.  

    In fragile contexts, peacebuilding requires “political courage and leadership” at national and local levels, and “the right support at the right time” from the international community, the UN chief attested. 

    “We need to take risks for peace…and space to seize opportunities”, he said. “We have a responsibility to bring down the institutional siloes” and join the full range of UN capacities.  

    “The Peacebuilding Fund aims to do just that”, upheld the top diplomat. 

    Argument for investing 

    The UN chief lauded the value of the PBF, noting that it prioritizes risky or underfunded areas; mobilizes vital additional funding at national and regional levels; fosters joint action across the UN system; and enables partnerships with a wide range of participants, “often kick-starting initiatives that others can scale up”.  

    Moreover, he maintained that with additional resources, the Fund could promote coordination between the UN and other development partners and help to finance transitions as large peace operations draw down. 

    “In a global context with significant volatility, the Fund’s flexibility is vital”, Mr. Guterres stated, flagging the UN’s COVID-19 response with national partners and UN Resident Coordinators (heads of UN Country Teams) to adjust ongoing programmes and emerging prevention priorities.  

    Yet, despite its impact and cost-effectiveness, the PBF is repeatedly short funded. 

    Critical appeal 

    In 2020, the Peacebuilding Fund mobilized more than $180 million – delivering in the most difficult contexts.  

    “But its resources are now depleted”, the UN chief said. “We must urgently replenish it” to save lives and demonstrate multilateral support.  

    A contribution from all Member States and partners would provide a “quantum leap” and signal that together, “we can successfully invest in building and sustaining peace”. 

    “I urge those that have not yet contributed, in particular Members of the Security Council and the Peacebuilding Commission, to act on your commitments and provide a contribution to this essential global instrument for peace”, the Secretary concluded.


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  • 6 Jan 2021

    GenU in partnership with UNICEF is supporting the government of Bangladesh to roll out an ambitious Adolescent Skills Framework set to address the mismatch between education, skills training and jobs. 

    Bangladesh — Every year two million young Bangladeshis (15-24) embark on their first experience in the world of work. But, too often, they find themselves ill-equipped to be truly productive. In fact, a recent study found that the majority of young workers surveyed (85 per cent) had gained the skills they were using at work somewhere other than informal education settings. 

    To address this significant mismatch between education, skills training, and jobs, Generation Unlimited (GenU) in partnership with UNICEF is supporting the government to roll out an ambitious Adolescent Skills Framework. This initiative is part of GenU’s aim of reaching 10 million secondary age school youth across the country with transferrable, digital and technology skills by 2024.

    Led by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), the skills framework was co-created by 27 agencies from across the government, private sector, civil society, and development partners, including GenU Bangladesh partners. It builds on the work initiated by UNICEF through NCTB under Bangladesh’s Ministry of Education and in close collaboration with a wide range of partners. With the leadership of NCTB, Government ownership was evident from the beginning, with the Ministry of Education keen to meet the demand of the private sector for a future-skilled workforce.

    The skills framework is also part of an overall effort by the Government to reform and integrate school curricula with the skills young people need to succeed in today’s world of work. The framework functions as a key guiding document on several reform agendas including competency-based curriculum, experiential learning pedagogy, interdisciplinary approaches, and formative assessment methods.

    Closing the youth skills gap is expected to ease high unemployment, underemployment, and economic inactivity among young people, who constitute 20 per cent of Bangladesh’s population. Right now, more than one million youth in the country are unemployed.

    Meanwhile, close to one-third of them are not in education, employment, and training (NEET), and the majority of these are young women. The potential for change is enormous. It is estimated that 6 million young women and men, including the most vulnerable, would benefit from greater investment in youth skills and employability.

    Currently, GenU in partnership with UNICEF, NCTB and Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, is piloting the newly developed national curriculum framework across secondary education institutions. This work is implemented with the generous support of the Government of the Netherlands. It foresees that, as of 2021, youth across Bangladesh will begin acquiring transferable skills. Then, as of January 2022, the detailed curriculum, pedagogy, teaching and learning materials, and assessment strategies will be rolled out.

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  • 22 Dec 2020

    These Yemenis remained committed to improve their livelihoods, despite limited electricity, telecommunications and internet.

    In the remote, mountainous region of Sarar, 75km north-east of Aden, 471 Yemeni men and women wave their mobile phones in the air, chasing connection as they wait for the familiar ping of the message tone to signal the start of class.

    “Coverage is not stable. It comes and goes. One has to wait for the signal to make a call,” explains Alawi, 32, a father of three and day labourer living in Sarar. “Electricity, telecommunications and internet coverage is very poor here.”

    Sarar is only accessible over rough, mountain terrain. Roads are almost impassable for merchants who sell their goods at heavily increased prices. People rely on harvesting rainwater from the roof and storing it in tanks. The ground water has almost dried up in these areas, and electricity, supplied by small local providers, can be off for up to a month at a time.

    Alawi once worked abroad, but when he returned to be with his family in Sarar, he struggled to find stable work, sometimes taking day labour as an electrician or carpenter.

    “My family depends on my daily income, which is not regular. Sometimes I find a job, sometimes I don't.  Our consumption is greater than my income,” Alawi describes, as he wanders up a dirt path, toward an area of better mobile coverage. 

    Alawi was one of the 471 selected to participate in business skills training in Sarar. Supported by UNDP, For all Foundation (FAF) selected community members that were able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and drive to improve their livelihoods.

    But the rapid spread of COVID-19 presented new challenges in these already remote areas. How could we deliver training to these isolated communities in a safe and healthy environment?

    Why not use WhatsApp? An application most individuals are likely to have on their phones and confidently navigate. “It’s easy to use, popular and doesn’t require a strong internet connection to function,” explains Rabab, UNDP business skills trainer. What was born, was a hybrid face-to-face and online learning experience, that ensured continuous, safe support to the Yemeni people.

    For many like Majdi, a 34-year-old casual teacher, this was a new experience, but he quickly recognised its value. “The moment that will stick in my mind forever, is when we applied social distancing. It was the first time I came to know about this as a preventive measure against the transmission of disease, including COVID-19. I will never forget this life-saving measure that is applied around the world.”

    After completing 7 days of face-to-face learning, participants turned to their mobile phone. What proceeded was a 7-day training course, delivered via video, voice and text message, that enabled flexibility in time and location for each participant. Women were able to safely participate from home, whilst caring for their children, and participants with lower literacy were supported to use voice messages, so they too could continue their learning journey.

    “The training was conducted during Ramadan, a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was raging. However, we still completed it successfully, despite the difficulties,” explains Majdi, now a true believer of online learning. “We resorted to online training as a precautionary measure to save lives in light of the risk of coronavirus.”

    Some days were easier than others, but each participant demonstrated enduring commitment, motivated by the idea of one day owning their own successful business.  “Unfortunately, the first day was rainy, with lightning, and we could not attend the lecture because the internet was shut down. But the lecturer was cooperative and changed the timing,” says Majdi. The trainers also sent materials for the participants to read offline, to ensure that even without a connection, they could continue learning.

    Charging mobile phones was also a hurdle for households that relied on unstable power, “We needed mobile solar power systems to recharge our smart phones and be able to attend the online training,” explains Alawi. “We had to move to the areas where there is internet coverage to stay connected and actively participate in the group - whether sitting outdoors or indoors,” he continues, as he sets up his portable solar power system beside him.

    Like their classmates, Alawi and Majdi developed a business plan at the conclusion of their training. Trainers, like Rabab, provided feedback and worked with participants to maximise their ideas. “We learned new economic terms and concepts and how to run small businesses,” explains Alawi. “My business idea is beekeeping. I will harvest and sell honey. Now with this training, I can apply my business skills to beekeeping.”

    Majdi aims to open a small store in the middle of his village, “I consider training as the roadmap to running one's own business. My idea is to open a shop. The financial grant provided by UNDP, will enable me to buy a refrigerator and sell cold drinks and ice cream for the residents,” he explains. “This will not only benefit me and my family, but I will provide services for the residents. They will not need to travel three kilometres to the next closest store.”

    Tailored training was offered to participants, designed to support the project they chose. Some were trained on solar power, some on beekeeping, while others on small business management. Once their plan was approved, small grants were distributed to enable purchase of required tools and resources.

    Originally published at UNDP Yemen

    “I was very excited about the training and I felt very happy when they approved my project. Now I hope I will succeed. I was given a financial grant to start my project and I hope next year, my capital will be three times more,” says Alawi. “I will sell honey inside the district, and the whole community will benefit.”


    In total, more than 900 Yemeni women and men received business skills training – 471 using WhatsApp and the remaining through face-to-face classes – across Abyan, Lahj and Taiz Governorates.


    The beautiful, mountainous region of Sarar makes everyday life more difficult for Yemenis living here | Photo Credits: UNDP Yemen/2020

    These activities were implemented as a part of the 
    Supporting Resilient Livelihoods and Food Security in Yemen Joint Programme (ERRYJP II) in partnership with For All Foundation, CARE International and Oxfam. The Programme aims to strengthen the resilience capacity of crisis-affected communities through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and access to basic services. The joint programme implements labour-intensive emergency employment activities – or cash-for-work – that enables the rehabilitation of community assets. With renewed access to livelihood opportunities for conflict-affected Yemenis, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and the marginalized, they have improved purchasing power and can now buy food and essentials while contributing to the local economy.


  • 18 Dec 2020

    Statistics show that more than 90% of road crashes take place in developing countries, with Africa having the highest road traffic fatalities, at an alarming 246,000 deaths each year. As the African vehicle fleet is set to grow four to five times by 2050, the impacts on road safety are likely to rise exponentially. It is estimated that about 80-90% of this growth will come from the import of used vehicles. A significant share of these imported used vehicles does not meet safety standards.

    The Safer and Cleaner Used Vehicles for Africa project seeks to shift the paradigm on the used vehicle trade and facilitate the development of policies and standards on exportation and importation of used vehicles. The aim is to put in place regulations, standards and processes to ensure that Africa will only receive quality used vehicles, which will have major road safety benefits, for both car drivers, road users and co-benefits on the environment and economy.

    The project will provide a platform for major exporters and African importing countries and regional bodies to engage on the required minimum standards. These regulations will have tremendous benefits with regards to road safety by reducing the number of deaths and injuries. A minimum set of operational safety features can lead to a 30% reduction in mortality and morbidity. Aside from reduced fatalities, there will also be far reaching health benefits through improved air quality, climate change mitigation, as well as economic opportunities for the continent. Additionally, the project will serve as a model that can be replicated in other regions facing similar challenges by addressing key gaps in their national road safety systems.  

    The project for Safer and Cleaner Used Vehicles for Africa is a step further in seeking to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognizes that road safety is a prerequisite to ensuring prosperous lives, promoting well-being and making roads inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

    The “Safer and Cleaner Used Vehicles for Africa” project, funded by the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) is led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and implemented together with key partners such as the Federation Internationale d’Automobile (FIA) and the International Motor Vehicles Inspection Committee (CITA). The UNRSF was established in 2018 as a UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund to support the implementation of road safety-related SDGs.


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  • 1 Dec 2020

    UN pooled funds are financing instruments at the service of multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring together governments, UN agencies, civil society and private sector. In order to discuss achievements and learnings from this type of innovative financing instruments, the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office convened the 2020 edition of the UN Pooled Funding Multi-Stakeholder Discussion Forum.

    The forum is a periodic platform for stakeholder dialogue and engagement, which was established in 2019 at the request of the UNDP Executive Board and following recommendations from an independent evaluation of inter-agency pooled funds in September 2018.

    Its objective is to review progress and discuss trends in global financing and strategies on the way forward, to strengthen p?artner engagement and reinforce the confidence of partners in the mechanism and its use. 

    During this edition, representatives from Member States, UN entities and civil society discussed recent growth and trends, particularly around the specific commitments on pooled funding established by the Funding Compact, a mutual agreement by UN Member States and the UN Development System on how to improve the way the UN is funded.

    Latest data shows a steady growth in pooled financing, due to its comparative advantages in funding lexible and integrated responses to humanitarian, transition and development challenges. For example, funding to development related inter-agency pooled funds has increased by 107% since 2016, and now represents approximately 9% of all non-core funding to UN development-related activities.

    In the context of the integrated UN response to the COVID-19 pandemic impact, inter-agency pooled funds have quickly pivoted activities and resources to address challenges, building in the flexibility inherent to pooled financing.

    An important part of the discussion centered on how to increase the efficiency and effectiveness with of pooled funds through series of common management features, fully spelled out under Commitment 14 in the Compact, covering such aspects as clear theories of change, solid results-based management systems, and transparency standards. The MPTF Office presented progress made in developing new tools and pooled instruments that embed these features, including through the UN Response and Recovery Fund.

    The next edition of this Multi-Stakeholder Forum will take place during the first half of 2020.

  • 19 Oct 2020

    Geneva – The Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund (the “Migration MPTF”) announced this week the first six joint initiatives selected to support the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). 

    From reducing exposure to sexual violence, exploitation, and forced labour of women migrants in South Africa, to addressing the vulnerabilities of families in Tajikistan dependent on migrant relatives, through strengthening the capacity of the Government of Philippines to support overseas workers, the Migration MPTF is poised to address migration challenges and make a positive impact on the lives of migrants all over the world. 

    Other joint programmes will be implemented in North Macedonia to support the development of an evidence-based migration policy; in Chile and Mexico, to promote the socio-economic integration of migrants and forcibly displaced persons through decent work and livelihoods; and at the border area between Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, to strengthen border management, social cohesion and cross-border security.

    In total, 56 countries and regions submitted over 74 joint programme concept notes. The first six initiatives were selected by the Steering Committee based on a quality assessment and with due consideration to geographic and thematic balance.

    “The sheer number of submissions is testament to the demand for support of Member States and partners in implementing the Global Compact by bringing together our collective expertise and resolve in pursuit of a common goal,” said António Vitorino, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Chair of the Migration MPTF Steering Committee. “These initiatives offer concrete illustrations as to how joining efforts can make safe and regular migration work for all,” he added. 

    “The joint program illustrates the pioneering role of the United Nations which, by delivering as one, can provide practical responses to major issues of international cooperation,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in Guinea, Vincent Martin. “By building regional cross-border collaboration between three countries, we can explore the real potential for development and leave no one behind” he added.

    Called for by the GCM and established by the UN Network on Migration in May 2019, the Fund has received support from the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Mexico, France, Thailand and Cyprus and is today fully operational. With partners ready to deliver quality joint initiatives in many countries and regions, the Fund calls for additional resources and stands ready to allocate future contributions in a timely and efficient manner. 

    Additional programme ideas have been approved by the Steering Committee and constitute the pipeline of joint programmes once additional resources become available.


    For more information, please contact Florence Kim at the Secretariat of the UN Network on Migration: +41 79 7480395;

  • 6 Oct 2020

    Pristina, 5 October 2020.

    This Monday, the British Embassy in Pristina joined forces with the United Nations to launch a project aimed at a series of integrated and inclusive health and education interventions, with a view to aid Kosovo’s recovery from the first wave of COVID-19 and reduce vulnerability to future waves.

    Developed in consultation with counterparts at the ministries of health and education, the $2.5 million project entitled Return to (New) Normal in Kosovo: Strengthening resilience through a safe and inclusive return to normality in health and education in the wake of COVID-19 will be implemented by UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the World Health Organization between now and March 2021. The initiative will be part of the UN Secretary-General’s Response and Recovery Trust Fund (administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office).

    In the area of health, the project will focus on strengthening COVID-19 detection capacities through regional laboratories in Gjilan/Gnjilane and Prizren and mobile x-ray facilities in Gra?anica/Graçanica, as well as the promotion of reliable COVID-19 messaging and preventative measures. Non-COVID related essential health services will be supported through e-health services available via phone or the internet and by reinforced immunization programmes for children and adolescents.

    In the area of education, the project will support the safety of schools through ensuring compliance with COVID-recommendations in schools and by providing support for children with special needs or those at risk of dropping out from school. A particular focus of the project will be on young women and girls.

    Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions, the project was launched by means of a low key, virtual signing ceremony involving the British Ambassador Nicholas Abbott and the United Nations Development Coordinator Ulrika Richardson in Pristina and the Designate of the Secretary-General for the United Nations’ COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Jens Wandel, in New York. The heads of United Nations agencies UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WHO were also in attendance.

    “In these challenging and unprecedented times, I am pleased to share with you that the United Kingdom will fund an ambitious six-month project to support Kosovo in strengthening the resilience of the health and education sectors,” Ambassador Abbott said. The United Nations explained that its focus would always lie on seeking to ensure that groups already marginalized prior to the pandemic were not left behind even further. “As Kosovo reopens for business, a return to normality must be both safe and fair,” emphasized Ms. Richardson.

    Ambassador Abbott and Ms. Richardson were joined in their remarks by a representative of the Secretary-General in New York in charge of administering the United Nations’ COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund. “The world faces an unprecedented human crisis, and Kosovo is no exception,” said Jens Wandel, and added that, “ “I am glad that the United Nations, with lessons learned from other global crises such as Ebola, has been able to leverage global efforts to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and the suffering it has caused.”

    The UK is joining dozens of other donors who have supported global action via the UN’s trust fund across the world.


  • 30 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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  • 25 Sep 2020

    New York – Cartier, one of the world’s leading luxury brands, has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, an award-winning and groundbreaking initiative that unites brands, conservationists and consumers to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate.

    Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the innovative Fund aims to raise over $100 million per year within the next five years to halt biodiversity loss and protect habitats 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: “Biodiversity, including wildlife and healthy ecosystems, underpin the well-being, safety, and resilience of all societies. Yet, one million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades, largely due to human activity.  The COVID-19 crisis is a stark reminder that we ignore our disruption of nature at our peril. But the crisis continues to show the potential of humans to act collectively to address a shared global challenge. Leveraging the power of creativity and partnerships, The Lion’s Share idea is as fascinating as the far-reaching impact it will have. The revenue generated and the new audiences reached by this ambitious and unique initiative will make a real and lasting effect on the future of our planet and the animals we share it with."

    "The beauty of the natural world has always been a source of inspiration and creativity for Cartier’s timeless pieces,” said Cyrille Vigneron, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cartier International. “As citizens of the world, we believe it is our duty to protect its biodiversity and make an impact on wildlife conservation. This means enhancing Cartier’s support for innovative partnerships such as ‘The Lion’s Share Fund’ and joining forces to preserve the world’s natural heritage for future generations.”

    Launched in September 2018, the Fund has helped the Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique to eliminate elephant poaching, by improving critical radio systems for law enforcement officers protecting wildlife.  It has also co-financed the purchase of land for critically endangered orangutans, elephants and tigers in North Sumatra, Indonesia, and is expanding its work, creating an all-female team of forest rangers and the island’s first rhino sanctuary. In February following the devastating bushfires in Australia, The Lion’s Share Fund issued two small grants to support efforts to treat and rehabilitate injured wildlife throughout New South Wales and to protect the Kangaroo Island Dunnart from going extinct.

    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Lion’s Share recently 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 pandemic. 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 incentivizing biodiversity protection.  However, travel restrictions to slow the pandemic have depleted economic lifelines for hundreds of millions of people and conservation activities in those communities. The grants will fund  local projects in nine countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to build resilience in wildlife-rich areas and support protection of threatened wildlife in their last strongholds.

    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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    About Cartier

    A reference in the world of luxury, Cartier, whose name is synonymous with open-mindedness and curiosity, stands out with its creations and reveals beauty wherever it may be found.  Jewellery, fine jewellery, watchmaking and fragrances, leathergoods and accessories: Cartier's creations symbolize the convergence between exceptional craftsmanship and a timeless signature. Today, the Maison has a worldwide presence through its 265 boutiques.


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    About The Lion’s Share Fund

    The Lion’s Share was established in June 2018 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with FINCH, Mars, Incorporated, Nielsen and BBDO as founding members. The fund tackles the crisis in biodiversity and climate by asking advertisers worldwide to donate 0.5 percent of their media spend for each advertisement that features an animal. Those funds are pooled and distributed to projects globally that have a significant impact on animal conservation, habitat loss and the climate crisis. The Lion’s Share contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN’s universal call to action to end poverty and protect the planet.

    Learn more at or follow @TheLionsShare

    About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.

    Learn more at or follow @UNDP.

  • 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. 

    Originally published on

  • 25 Jul 2020

    Mongolia has recorded very few cases of COVID-19, less than 300 to date, despite its more than 4,000 kilometre porous border with China. However, the country faces a major economic impact from the pandemic, says Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia.

    The general picture of the COVID-19 situation in Mongolia is very positive. The Government of Mongolia closed all educational institutions including kindergartens, schools and universities at the beginning of the year. It also introduced strict measures on social distancing, such as a ban on public gatherings, limiting public transportation, closing public spaces such as gyms, and making the wearing of masks in public compulsory. Travel has been very limited, including a complete ban on any international travel by road, rail, or air. 

    Mongolia has been very vulnerable to the pandemic, not only because of its physical proximity to China and Russia including close links and dependence for economic interests, but also due to its own inadequate health care system. 

    Despite these challenges, there has been no local transmission reported (cases have been limited to patients importing the virus), and I would say that the leadership of the country has dealt well with the pandemic.

    Another factor that has helped in making Mongolia’s response a success story, is that the citizens of the country have diligently complied with the government’s directives and regulations. The requirements to wear masks, ensure good hygiene, such as frequent hand-washing, and physical distancing, have been seriously adhered to. Even during the Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year in February, they complied with government orders, and did not even visit their extended families and elders, which is a tradition for Mongolian families.

    Minimizing the impact

    ©Global Press Journal/Dolgormaa Sandagdorj
    Mongolian students adjust to remote learning


    Several UN agencies are physically present in Mongolia, with more providing support from outside. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the UN bodies came together under the leadership of the office of the Resident Coordinator, and we have been following the World Health Organization’s response plan, and the UN’s humanitarian and socio-economic response plans. This has involved setting up a socio-economic task force, and identifying the needs and priorities of the most vulnerable people in Mongolian society.

    The UN Country Team has utilized well the $1 Million UN Secretary-General's COVID-19 Response and Recovery MPTF (multi-partner trust fund) allocation, for supporting the Government of Mongolia in improving the national testing capacity, and have more supplies of personal protective equipment. We have been also supporting development of the digital learning curriculum to enhance the quality of online learning, as children have not been able to go to school for around six months.

    We stand ready to support the Government in every possible way, from their health, humanitarian, and socio-economic response plans, to their longer-term economic recovery. 

    The economic fallout

    We do not know the full impact the pandemic is having yet, but we know it is significant. For instance, in the first quarter of 2020, the economy contracted by 10.7 per cent, and government revenue fell by 8.6 per cent year on year, whilst expenditure went up 19.3 per cent. 

    NCCD of Mongolia
    National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) team.


    Mongolia has a large amount of debt , which means that there is an increased risk of defaulting on debt. According to the IMF, GDP  is also expected to fall sharply to minus one per cent this year, down from 5.3 per cent in 2019.

    To bolster the economy, the Government approved economic stimulus packages, worth over 10 percent of GDP, which included several measures to support vulnerable groups, including cash benefits; mortgages, consumer and business loan repayments were deferred; and the mortgage rate was reduced.

    Development setbacks

    Unfortunately, it is highly likely that the pandemic will set back the progress we have been making in Mongolia. The Government took early, effective action against the spread of COVID-19, but the increased borrowing, amid an economy hit by reduced exports, means that it will be difficulty to recover from the socio-economic impacts of the crisis.

    In collaboration with the IMF, World Bank and other partners, we are conducting detailed studies to look at the real impacts, but we are also working with the Government of Mongolia to ensure that the recovery plans do not leave anyone behind. 

    I only hope that donors provide the funding that is needed to support the most vulnerable people in Mongolia, and help to ensure that the post-pandemic recovery benefits all members of society.

    Originally published

  • 22 Jul 2020

    7 donor governments commit support for Albania through the UN SDG Acceleration Fund

    Governments of Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have jointly pledged to provide 11.65 Euro support to post-earthquake recovery in Albania covering interventions in areas of Education, Community Infrastructure, Social Protection, economic Recovery, Gender Equality and Child Protection.  

    The news was confirmed today in a public statement made by the State Minister for Reconstruction Arben Ahmetaj, the UN Resident Coordinator in Albania Brian J. Williams and representatives of donor governments. Four UN agencies, namely, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and FAO will run the intervention under the coordination of the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Albania and the UN’s Multi Partner Trust Fund in New York.

    Mr. Ahmetaj thanked the representatives of donors and the UN family of agencies in Albania for their support provided to Albania to recover from the damages caused by the earthquake. “We are grateful for your collective and individual commitment to help the people of Albania overcome such a difficult situation for the country that was hit both by the quake and the global pandemic”. – he noted, as he provided details of the overall strategy of Albania’s government to overcome the consequences of the earthquake.

    UN’s Resident Coordinator Brian J. Williams said that Albania has the potential and the necessary support to come out from such challenging situation stronger and better. “We are working with the authorities and all local stakeholders that our recovery programmes strive to build back better” - Williams pointed out.  

    Contributor/Partner to the SDG Accelerator Fund, Earthquake Window


    Government of Denmark

    2,000,000 Eur

    Government of Finland

       300,000 Eur

    Government of Netherlands 

    3,000,000 Eur

    Government of Norway 

        450,000 Eur

    Government of Poland

    2,700,000 Eur

    Government of Sweden

    2,000,000 Eur

    Government of United Kingdom

    1,200,000 Eur


    11,650,000 Eur


    Albania suffered the consequences of a devastating earthquake last November claiming the lives of 51 people, with hundreds of people injured and thousands homeless.

    Following the live-saving emergency support since day one from the disaster, the United Nations family of agencies in Albania worked closely with the Albanian Government, the EU, the World Bank and other development partners to support the country’s efforts to fully recover with a special focus of support for those who are most in need.  The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment that was successfully carried out in February presented a clear picture of country’s needs for assistance and receive the support of development partners.

    In the area of education,  UNICEF will work to strengthen online education capacities for the earthquake-affected schools. UNICEF will also provide support in recovery plans aimed at strengthening capacity building of teachers, psycho-social assistance and counselling, and introduce disaster risk reduction into education systems. As for the physical learning, UNICEF is working to establish child friendly spaces in pilot creches, kindergartens and schools in the affected areas.

    UNDP will be working on reconstruction of community infrastructure damaged by the earthquake while UNOPS will be focused specifically in reconstruction of cultural heritage sites. Meanwhile, building up on its ongoing “In Motion” pilot, UNDP will aim to tackle significant market disruption, loss of livelihoods and employment opportunities in the affected areas, with the overall goal to stabilize livelihoods and improve the social and economic conditions, by addressing productive sectors, services, and the tourism sector, thus providing an opportunity to promote resilience and reduce vulnerability to future crisis.

    UNDP’s support will aim to accelerate the recovery including support to the provision of adequate social services to the most vulnerable. Particular focus will be given to people living in tents to ensure that their social needs are covered through a set of integrated social services. 

    As for the child protection needs, UNICEF will work closely with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and other partners to address the in the affected areas, through strengthening the existing child protection system and work force and provide support to the implementation of recovery plans in child protection including psycho-social component with particular focus on issues around abuse, exploitation and violence.

    FAO will be working to provide financial advisory services (i.e. linking farmers with financial resources available from banks, micro finance institutions and grant schemes) to support, rehabilitate or introduce micro-enterprise recovery and development, to create employment opportunities and increase farmer’s resilience in the affected areas. Support to strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and relevant agencies to deliver national legislation, policies and strategies on Disaster Risk Reduction, through technical advice, training, and practical tools will be sought.

    UN Women will use the earthquake recovery process as an opportunity to strengthen resilience by reducing inequality and the vulnerability of women. It also aims to provide support to the Albanian government to mainstream gender in DRR and crisis response frameworks and ensure the authorities and society are well prepared to address gender-specific capacities and needs of the most vulnerable segments of the population. At the same time, it will be formalizing women’s role in the earthquake recovery process and help allocate roles and resources to affected women for more resilient recovery.


  • 6 Jul 2020


    Today, the UN’s Joint SDG Fund announces a historical $US60 million grant to close the SDG financing gap.  The multi-year commitment, with an initial disbursement of $29 million being released this month, is considered the largest systemic UN led initiative on SDG financing in its history. With funding to be distributed across all continents, 40% will invest in Least Developed Countries and ten initiatives are to be implemented in Small Island Developing States.

    “We have a historic opportunity to advocate for change, to curb inequalities and to invest in building resilience and sustainable development,” stated Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the recent SIDA Development Talks, Building back better – Finance and Development Leaders in Joint Ajuction[i].

    The Joint SDG Fund is committed to supporting a coherent and cohesive UN system.  The investments in 62 Joint Programmes will offer pragmatic solutions, all assessed as relevant in the context of the COVID-19 crisis: from addressing  reduced fiscal space to align with the SDGs amidst COVID-19 recovery and financial planning to co-creating a new generation of risk-sensitive and responsive Integrated National Financing Frameworks. The results of the investment in SDG financing interventions will begin to materialize in the first quarter of 2021.  

    In March 2020, the Joint SDG Fund received 258 proposals to support SDG financing interventions in over 100 countries. The proposals were submitted to co-create a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) financing architecture at the national level and support countries by integrating the SDGs across national public financial systems and more effective public-private collaboration, ensuring that no one is left behind.

    Mongolia’s Minister of Finance, Khurelbaatar commented, "The approval of the Joint Programme marks an important milestone in Mongolia's sustainable finance journey. The programme aims to catalyze more financial flows to deliver on the newly approved ambitious Vision-2050 by implementing several reforms that ensure better governance, coordination, and monitoring of integrated national SDG financing strategies. These strategies will also contribute to shaping a post-crisis future for Mongolia - one that is more resilient, inclusive, and ensuring gender equality. We highly appreciate the UN's timely support and partnership on this important initiative that will inspire local, regional and global stakeholders."

    The current health and economic crisis are a unique opportunity to make the world more inclusive and sustainable and this unique opportunity will not end here.  The Joint SDG Fund will announce the results of the selection of Component 2, through the funding of catalytic investments able to mobilize financing at scale, in July 2020. This will give more countries an even greater opportunity to recover better.

    With sincere appreciation for the contributions from the European Union and Government of Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Kingdom of Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Private Sector funding, all continents will receive the historic opportunity to build back better.

    Learn more: SDG Financing portfolio.

  • 26 Jun 2020

    New York, 26 June, 2020 - The United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed convened and opened the Recover Better Together Action Forum this morning. Over 300 participants, 40 speakers, including Ministers of Finance, International Cooperation and Foreign Affairs, ambassadors and partners from the private sector and civil society shared their experience in dealing with the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 and committed to recover better from the crisis. Heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes and Resident Coordinators leading the UN’s COVID-19 response and recovery on the ground also articulated the UN’s offer across different dimensions of the COVID-19 response and shared early results of the UN’s work with national and local authorities to protect lives and livelihoods.

  • 27 Apr 2020

    NEW YORK, 27 APRIL 2020—Supporting the UN Secretary-General’s call for solidarity and urgent action in response to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, an initial group of prominent women today joined a global advocacy effort to save lives and protect livelihoods, urging leaders in all countries, across all sectors, to address the human crisis of the pandemic.

    Convened by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Rise for All brings together women leaders to mobilize support for the UN roadmap to tackle the development emergency, as laid out in the United Nations Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19: Shared responsibility, global solidarity and urgent action for people in need, issued today.

    “Like no other time in recent history, women are on the frontlines of COVID-19 and bearing the brunt of this human crisis,” said the UN Deputy Secretary-General. “It is time for us to rise as women leaders, taking action to conquer the pandemic and come out stronger so as to keep the world on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”

    The first to join this cohort today are the President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde, the Prime Minister of Norway and Sustainable Development Goals Advocate of the Secretary-General, Erna Solberg, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate of the Secretary-General Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate of the Secretary-General Dia Mirza, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador of Pakistan Muniba Mazari, along with the Executive Directors of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and of UNFPA, Natalia Kanem.

    Together, the women are supporting the United Nations’ call for an extraordinary scale-up of international support and political commitment to “build back better” and ensure that people everywhere have access to essential services and social protection. This includes support for the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, an inter-agency mechanism designed to help those countries and people most exposed to the economic hardship and social disruption the pandemic has caused.

    The Fund aims to mobilize US$1 billion over the first nine months, and US$2 billion over two years, to support low- and middle-income countries, including Small Island Developing States and vulnerable groups such as women and children who are disproportionately bearing the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic.
    The Netherlands today announced an initial contribution 15 million Euros (US$16.6 million) to the Fund, following in the footsteps of Norway and Denmark, who have thus far pledged 150 million Norwegian Krone (US$14.1 million) and 50 million Danish Krone (US$7.3 million), respectively.
    Over the coming weeks, more women leaders, including from the political, multilateral and business sectors, are expected to join Rise for All, adding their voices in support of the United Nations roadmap for social and economic recovery, and to advocate a fully funded COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

    For more information visit: Rise for All.

  • 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.


    For more information, visit


    Christina Pascual, UNDP:    
    Claudio Monteverde, GUCCI:
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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,

  • 11 Dec 2019

    New York – Addressing the Annual Session of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in New York, Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, made a passionate plea to the international community to urgently support Liberia to ensure the sustenance of peace, democracy, and security. He lamented that the Liberian economy is under immense stress; as prices of major export commodities remain at rock-bottom. 

    Ambassador Kemayah stressed the urgent need for support to Liberia in support of the country efforts to consolidate the internationally celebrated peace that Liberia enjoys. He added that Liberia is grateful to all its partners, including the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) that continues to create the platform for Liberia to be heard; and for the country’s priorities to be shared.

    Ambassador Kemayah noted that an iconic intervention by the Peacebuilding Commission in Liberia’s peacebuilding priorities was its instrumentality in the establishment and subsequent submission of Liberia’s Peacebuilding Plan, the auspices under which Liberia is opportune to receive the needed assistance from the United Nations and Partners. 

    Ambassador Kemayah also made special mention of the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission chaired by His Excellency Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden.

    There can never be a mention of the Peacebuilding Commission without a reference to the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission chaired by His Excellency Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden. Ambassador Skoog, and the Government and People of Sweden remain unforgettable assets; more so, when reference is made to the peace Liberia now enjoys. Furthermore, the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) remains a strong pillar; very supportive of Liberia’s peacebuilding initiatives.

    Apart from being the only contributor to the Multi-Partner Trust Fund, the Fund established to address the root causes of Liberia’s civil upheaval and administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) continues to provide support to national reconciliation activities, land dispute resolution, electoral processes, governance initiatives and institutions, women empowerment, among significant others in Liberia. We appreciate that further assistance is expected for land and decentralization; including Phase II cross-border project with Cote d’Ivoire”, Ambassador Kemayah stressed.

    Ambassador Kemayah then encouraged all partners to support the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) as well as to the Government of Liberia Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development; as well as the secretariat of the Mano River Union, which he described as pivotal to ensuring the promotion and sustenance of peace, security, democracy and economic growth and development within the region. 

    Speaking in support of Liberia, His Excellency Olof Skoog of Sweden, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peace Building Commission stressed the need for active support to Liberia’s peacebuilding efforts to build on the gains that have been made.

    The Annual Session of the Peacebuilding Commission convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on December 4, 2019.

    Source: Front Page Africa

  • 3 Dec 2019

    15-million-euro contribution to CAFI Fund expected to strengthen multi stakeholder processes and the EU FLEGT Action plan in the sub region.

    3 December 2019.  As part of growing commitments from donors to Central African forests and people, matching growing concern about accelerating forest loss of Earth’s second lung, the  European Commission signed a 15 million euros (16 million US dollars approximately) funding agreement to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) Trust Fund, administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office. 

    Through this funding, the EU’s goal seeks to support and monitor the effective implementation of key national policy reforms and programs in all sectors affecting Central African forests. In the short term, this means mobilizing funding and engage policy makers, stakeholders, communities, and people on key policy reforms in key sectors affecting Central African forests, notably on forest governance and legality, land use planning and zero-deforestation agriculture.

    In line with CAFI’s vison, the EU contribution will help the CAFI partner countries develop and implement national, ambitious and holistic REDD+, or Climate and Forests Investment plans that align with countries development plans, and encourage and sustain high-level leadership and cross sectoral engagement for their implementation.

    Building on its experience in forest governance through FLEGT- VPA processes, the EU contribution will also complement, contextualize and strengthen the effectiveness of its  EU FLEGT 2018- 2022 workplan in the sub-region, including actions to improve forest governance and timber legality in general. Through strengthening forest governance and promoting a sustainable and legal timber value chain, the EU support to CAFI will contribute to job creation, sustainable forest management and climate change action.

    Finally, the EU contribution will allow for the enhanced engagement of all stakeholders, including the private sector.

    This support contributes to SDGs 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15 and 17, the Paris Agreement as well the Prosperity, Planet and Peace components of the European Consensus on Development. Through CAFI, the EU contribution will provide political, technical and financial incentives to support Central African governments in making policy choices that contribute to preserving their forests while developing and diversifying their economies towards increased prosperity and sustainability.


    Background about Central Africa and CAFI

    Even though the rate of net forest loss has been cut by over 50 percent globally, forest loss continues to increase in Central Africa. Central African countries have set ambitious targets for emergence that rely mainly on the contribution of agroindustry and the extractive sector for economic growth. Both of these sectors are competing with forests for land. Destroying forests is not a viable option to lift Central African countries out of poverty – quite the contrary. Forest destruction, although profitable in the short term for a handful of actors, will lead to major negative consequences locally (loss of habitat and wildlife, water cycle disruptions, loss of livelihoods), regionally (desertification, displacement of populations, disruptions in precipitation) and globally (climate change).

    CAFI aims to provide large-scale holistic support, leverage multi-donors and multi-agencies partnerships and galvanise political commitments in Central African countries at the highest level. CAFI utilises an integrated and comprehensive programming approach to support Central African countries to deliver meaningful and sustainable policy reforms on the ground and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. To be transformative, the Initiative must be matched by equally ambitious political action and resources to ensure sustainability of the Initiative’s results and contributions. CAFI addresses gaps in existing bilateral support and aims to make a real and lasting difference for the people and forests of Central Africa.

  • 25 Sep 2019

    Central African forests, a vital carbon sink for the globe and essential resource for communities and governments, are key to our planet’s future. At the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit (23 Sept.), donors to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) joined forces to reiterate support and financial contributions.

    The unprecedented level and pace of forest loss observed in the past three years are early warning signs to point to extreme risks, and as the world’s second largest tropical forest, this area could undergo drastic change; Urgent, scaled-up action - from governments, development finance institutions, investors and companies - is needed to tackle multiple threats to forests. Read full story...

  • 24 Sep 2019

    The European Union and the United Nations signed on 23 September a Contribution Agreement of €30 million to the Joint Fund for the 2030 Agenda. The Fund is a central component of the ongoing reform of the UN Development System and seeks to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals worldwide. European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, meeting on the margins of the UN General Assembly, underlined the importance of the agreement.

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  • 23 Sep 2019

    More than 40 senior members of opposition forces in Diel, Central Upper Nile, gathered last week for a two-day workshop facilitated by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in order to identify concrete actions to help eliminate conflict-related sexual violence in the area.

    “This training is an important step in getting both civilians and armed personnel to become more aware of the consequences of sexual misconduct,” said Ruach Gatwech Jiech, deputy chairperson of an action plan committee on sexual violence. 

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  • 21 Sep 2019

    The Government of Kenya today signed a Communique with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the United Nations to inspire future action and support for the delivery of Kenya’s Big Four agenda. The objective is to build SDG-focused partnerships to drive financing and innovations that help tackle complex development goals.

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  • 9 Sep 2019

    Following the third session of its Advisory Board, held in Geneva on 3 September, the UN Road Safety Fund will be launching its first formal call for project proposals. The Fund will disburse USD 4 million to finance selected projects aimed at contributing to reduce global road traffic fatalities, giving priority to individual country and multi-country projects having immediate and tangible impact.

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  • 6 Sep 2019

    Today, at the UN headquarters in New York, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office have released a new report on the financing of the UN development system, using the latest available public funding and expenditure data from over 40 UN entities. It includes two data visualizations: flows from the top 10 contributors to the UN since 2010 and UN expenditure in the group of 50 countries defined as crisis-affected. The report also presents ideas and initiatives from 25 prominent experts from outside and inside the UN System on the financing choices that lie ahead.

    The report authors claim that “time is short”. Not only is 2030 approaching, but there is little time to take the necessary actions to prevent irreversible setbacks and development losses. Climate change, health, migration, armed conflict and inequality- all need urgent action and multilateral approaches to be at the cent of global action. It is, as a result, time for hard choices. Choices that governments, leaders, investors and citizens need to make about when and how to fund a multilateral approach to tackle these development challenges.

    With an ongoing comprehensive reform process of the financing of the United Nations, the report aims to provide evidence to back up the hard choices and additional insight on the recently approved UN Funding Compact, an agreement between Member States and the UN to deliver better results on the ground, increase transparency and efficiency, and generate more flexible funding.

    Revenues: growing but regular resources decreasing

    The UN total revenue in 2017 was US$ 53.2 billion, an increase of US$ 3.9 billion compared to the previous year, with most of the funding directly provided by governments, of which 65% came from just 12 countries.

    However, more than half of all the UN revenue (57%) was earmarked to a specific project, theme, region or country, confirming the decline of flexible contributions to the UN. The UN funding structure differs from other multilateral institutions and development banks. The nature of the funding is changing the multilateral character of the UN.

    A  data visualization has been developed to map flows from the top 10 contributors to the UN since 2010, showing the evolution of their contributions and how their contributions are channeled through different UN entities.

    Expenditure: mostly for crisis affected countries

    Regarding UN expenditures, the report data shows that the UN indeed invests were most is needed: particularly in crisis affected countries. 32% of the funding went to humanitarian assistance, a four percent growth, while the share of funding for development and peacekeeping has remained stable (39% and 19% respectively). Africa is the region with highest UN expenditures (35%), followed by Western Asia (23%), Asia and the Pacific (13%), Americas (10%) and Europe (3%).

    Expenditure in the group of 50 countries defined as crisis-affected was 76% of the total UN country-level operational expenditures. To further facilitate interaction with UN expenditures data, the report authors have developed an online tool that allows users to explore this data from 2010 to 2017.

    The report also shows that ten countries account for 30% of UN total expenditures, with a growing share of these expenditures being for humanitarian purposes. The highest expenditures are in countries in protracted crisis. UN expenditures have grown rapidly in countries with escalating humanitarian such as in Yemen or Nigeria, and have dropped in countries where peacekeeping missions ended, for example, in Côte d'Ivoire, Haiti and Liberia. This data is provided to support current debates on the need of financing models for the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, the trajectory of countries from a crisis context to a pathway of long-term sustainable development.

    With multilateralism on trial, hard choices lie ahead

    The report authors acknowledge that the UN system-wide financial data is far from perfect. The UN has awoken though to the importance of having good quality, system-wide financial data. For example, in the fourth quarter of 2019 the UN adopted a set of common data standards for UN system-wide financial reporting - increasing transparency and accountability in the UN further.

    The financial analysis is complemented by essays from prominent experts who provide insights on how financing flows are impacting the Sustainable Development Goals. There is a recognition that facing the general discontent with multilateralism today provides an opportunity to rethink. Multilateralism is a way to exercise leadership, not to abject it. It is also argued that discussions on financing multilateralism should be not only about volume but also about purpose, distribution and structure, and how to make smart choices. Experts also discuss financing instruments such as pooled funding, which are providing new opportunities for the UN system to address interconnected sustainable development challenges. Experts also agrees that this is time to invest in multilateral solutions and hard choices to be made.

    • Report can be downloaded at: link.
    • Executive summary and visualizations (with embedding code): link.



    Contact information


    Annika Östman

    Communications Manager

    Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

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    Raul de Mora

    Communications Specialist

    UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office

    +1 631 464 8617

  • 3 Sep 2019

    Paris, France  On the occasion of the state visit of President Sassou-Nguesso in Paris, President Emmanuel Macron today signed a Letter of Intent committing 65 million US dollars for the preservation of the rainforest in the Republic of Congo, commonly known as Congo-Brazzaville.


    This deal is made with the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), whose trust fund is administered by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) and of which France holds the presidency this year. Norway, France and the European Union contribute 45 million US dollars to the agreement, plus 20 million from the French Development Agency (AFD), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU). 


    Covering 23.9 million hectares – which is equivalent to Greece and Portugal combined and represents 69.8 percent of the national territory – Congo-Brazzaville’s forests are invaluable sources of biodiversity and of high carbon stocks.


    The agreement will support land use plans for sustainable management and protection of peatlands, by prohibiting their drainage and drying out. Discovered in 2017 in the Congo Basin, these peatlands are vitally important in the fight against climate change, as they contain nearly three years of global greenhouse gas emissions.


    Congo's vision is to maintain a historically low rate of deforestation while diversifying its economy. Thus, the country is willing to mitigate future risks, including those related to agro-industrial exploitation, as was shown in a recent interministerial decree (2018) that directs these activities to savannah areas.


    In the deal signed today, Congo-Brazza also commits to avoid conversion of more than 20,000 hectares of forest per year, and this only outside of forests that boast high carbon stocks and high conservation value.


    The agreement with CAFI aims to help Congo address a complex challenge: reaching a sustainable economic development while making commitments in key growth sectors such as agriculture, mining and hydrocarbons and minimizing climate change impacts.


    This Letter of Intent with the Republic of Congo is the third signed between CAFI and its partner countries, after the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 and Gabon in 2017. The forests of Central Africa cover 240 million hectares and are considered as Earth’s second lungs after the Amazon.


    CAFI supports strategic and holistic national investment frameworks based on REDD + and low-emission development, focusing on six high forest cover countries in Central African region.

    CAFI is managed by the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF), where United Nations agencies, the World Bank and bilateral development partners act as implementing agencies to support partner countries. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosts the CAFI Secretariat in Geneva.


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  • 17 Jul 2019

    New York – UN Member States and UN entities Tuesday (16/07) unveiled a new trust fund in support of achieving safe, orderly and regular migration.

    The initiative, The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF), was called for by the Global Compact on Migration (GCM), adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2018. The aim is to provide financing for innovative programmes designed to support States’ migration priorities, ensure the better protection of migrants, foster cooperation, and further the promotion of migration governance that benefits all.  

    “The Migration Fund can provide the impetus for all of us to take the next step; to bring the Migration Compact to life, to move us closer to realizing the SDGs, and to effect positive change in the field of migration,” explained Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, at the launch held at the UNICEF’s New York headquarters.

    For his part, António Vitorino—Director General of the International Organization for Migration and chair of the UN Network on Migration—compared the positive impacts of safe and regular migration with the ‘tremendous human and economic losses incurred when migration is poorly managed. DG Vitorino noted that migrants make up 3.4 per cent of the world population and contribute 10 per cent of global GDP, with 85 per cent of migrants’ earnings contributing to their host countries’s economies, and only a small proportion being remitted back to their homelands.

    Nonetheless, migration today continues to be a life-threatening transaction for far too many men, women and children. According to UN figures, since 2014, over 32,000 migrants worldwide have lost their lives or gone missing along migratory routes. Many have fallen victim to trafficking, arbitrary detention and exploitative or forced labour. Many more victims remain unaccounted for.

    Migration governance, DG. Vitorino added, is “one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation in our time.”

    DG Vitorino noted, too, that social discourse on migration currently is too often framed in binary terms: those in favour or against migration. Research shows, however, that migration is overwhelmingly positive for migrants and communities of origin, transit and destination–when managed in a safe, regular and orderly manner.

    The Multi-Partner Trust Fund is open for contributions, with a target of USD 25 million for its first year of operations. Under the aegis of a representative Steering Committee comprising States, the UN system, and a broad range of partners, the Fund will facilitate the exchange of best practices and evidence-based migration policies.

    The event was organized by the Chairs of the Friends of Migration group and the UN Migration Network, which brings together all UN entities working on migration.

    Find more information on the Migration MPTF here.

    Migration MPTF video

  • 1 Jul 2019

    CANNES – The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative which asks advertisers to contribute much-needed funds to support wildlife conservation and animal welfare across the globe, has won a Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.  

    The Fund, first announced at last year’s Cannes Festival, was recognised in the Sustainable Development Goals category for its use of creativity to help address one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges.

    Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses including founder FINCH, founding partner Mars, Clemenger BBDO and Nielsen, the Fund asks advertisers to help raise much-needed funds for wildlife conservation and animal welfare by donating 0.5 per cent of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund, the UN center of expertise in pooled funds, acts as a trustee of the Lion’s Share Initiative Fund.

    Rob Galluzzo, founder of FINCH, who initiated the idea with film director Christopher Nelius said: The Lion’s Share is a mechanism that leaves us with a simple choice: ‘Are you a brand that wants to continue using animal talent to generate profit without contributing to their preservation? Or, do you want to be part of the solution? Because now that The Lion’s Share exists, the world is about to ask.”

    Nick Garrett, CEO at Clemenger BBDO Australia, said: “We are so proud to be part of this. It means the world to us that our creative thinking is being used to have a real and meaningful impact.”

    The Lion’s Share Fund returned to Cannes this year calling on individuals, creative teams and brands to pledge their support by dedicating their Cannes Lion awards by using the hashtag #LionforLions. In the spirit of this campaign, the Fund also proudly dedicates its own Grand Prix award to the cause.

    Over the past decade one in four Cannes Lions Grand Prix winners have featured animals in their advertising campaigns. Despite this, animals do not always receive the support that they deserve. In fact, it’s the opposite – nine out of the top 10 most popular animals used in ads are either endangered or on the threatened list.

    Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator: “The Lion’s Share shows what a simple but innovative idea can accomplish.  Through media and brands coming together, we have been able to raise not only financing for conservation and wildlife, but also to engage new audiences on this issue.  And we would be thrilled to have others join us.”

    Jane Wakely, Lead Chief Marketing Officer for Mars, said “The Lion’s Share is an innovative and bold illustration of what is possible when we combine our creative and media muscle as an industry to help prevent the extinction of so many iconic species. For Mars, it’s another step in living the commitments of our Sustainable in a Generation Plan.

    “This is just the beginning--we urge other companies, brands, media and creative agencies to join us and help build this movement. Let’s transform the way we support animals and their habitats today to make a lasting impact on biodiversity and animal conservation tomorrow.” 

    For more information on the Lion’s Share Fund, visit

  • 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 (

    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: or

    -      MPTF Office Gateway:

    -      Information on the call for concept notes:

  • 28 Mar 2019

    New York - In the lead up to the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference, UN Women, alongside the UN Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Department of Peace Operations and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, formally announced the launch of the Elsie Initiative Fund, an important partnership of Member States with UN entities that will help accelerate progress towards achieving the targets to increase the proportion of women serving in uniformed military and police roles.

    In November 2017, at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial held in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations, an innovative and multilateral pilot project to develop, apply and test approaches to help overcome barriers to increasing women’s meaningful participation in peace operations. Today, at the UN headquarters in New York, the Elsie Initiative Fund was officially unveiled. Canada is providing an initial contribution of $15 million toward the Fund. The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Finland announced additional contributions.

    Trailblazer of gender equality in peace operations

    This multi partner trust fund, named after the Canadian women’s right pioneer Elsie MacGill, has been designed to become a trailblazer for the achievement of the UN Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy (2018-2028). Since 2015, the overall rate of women in United Nations peace operations has only increased from 4.4% to 5%. At the current pace, it will take decades to reach the levels outlined in Security Council resolution 2242.

    The Elsie Fund is not a fund simply collecting contributions for gender parity in peacekeeping, but a smartly designed financial instrument intentionally focusing investments to remove gender barriers and bottlenecks and to create incentives to accelerate positive change and results for peace outcomes.

    Performance based financing and flexible funding

    As highlighted by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director,  the funds “will help to boost the number of women participating in decisions and actions relating to their own security, and that of their communities, and ensure that women’s unique perspective is included, whether they are in the field or at the peace table.”

    The Fund’s Secretariat will be hosted by UN Women, while the UN MPTF Office will serve as trustee of this innovative pooled fund that will provide flexible project funding and financial incentives for countries contributing troops and police personnel to peace operations.

    A particular innovative element of the Fund are the premiums for gender-strong units. These are peace units with substantial representation of women overall and in positions of authority, that have provided gender training to all unit members and have adequate equipment and infrastructures to ensure parity of deployment conditions for women and men peacekeepers.

    Meaningful participation

    “The imperative to include more women in peacekeeping is self-evident and stands on its own merit”, emphasized Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary General for the UN Department of Peace Operations, “women have the right to serve, in an environment that enables their meaningful participation.  From a practical standpoint, more women in peacekeeping at all levels and in key positions means more effective peacekeeping “

    In the words of Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, “greater participation by women in the peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes will change the dynamics of these missions and pave the way for a more enduring peace”.

    For more info on the Elsie Initiative Fund click here.

    * In the picture above: From right to left, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Jennifer Topping, UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office Executive Director, Wing Commander Theodora Adjoa Agornyo, female peacekeeper and Lt. Col Bradley Orchard, UN Women. Photo: Global Affairs Canada


  • 22 Jan 2019

    Representatives from governments and UN Agencies met in New York to discuss the role of pooled funds in achieving SDGs during the first Multi-Stakeholder Discussion Forum on pooled financing organized by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTFO). In this first forum there was general agreement among all participating stakeholders of the relevance of interagency pooled funds to promote UN coherence and empower UN Resident Coordinators.

    The establishment of this periodic discussion forum, conceived as a platform of dialogue and engagement of UN pooled funds stakeholders, comes per decision of UNDP Executive Board following the recommendation of an independent evaluation of interagency pooled funds released in September 2018. These discussions are particularly relevant in the context of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call for doubling of pooled finance as part of the UN development system reform to repositioning the UN Development System to achieve the 2030 for Sustainable Development.

    Pooled funds at the service of the UN Reform

    In this first forum there was general agreement among all participating stakeholders of the relevance of interagency pooled funds, with particular emphasis on those administered by the MPTF Office, to promote UN coherence and empower UN Resident Coordinators.

    Stakeholders from governments highlighted, for example, that additional efforts are required to  reach the target set by UN Secretary General of doubling allocations to UN pooled funds. High standards of transparency, accountability and reporting of results pooled mechanisms are crucial. UN entities underscored that a key factor of success is a neutral and professionally dedicated trustee function, as provided by the MPTF Office, which is firewalled from all UN implementing entities and the need to follow standard legal agreements for collaboration.

    The discussion also touched upon the current development finance landscape, the role of pooled funds in the context of the UN Reform for empowering Resident Coordinators, the use of pooled funds in bridging the nexus humanitarian-development-peace and future incarnations of these discussion forums, with potential themes and focus. The next forum is expected to take place in June 2019 and the MPTF Office will invite stakeholders to help shape the agenda.

    Expertise on UN pooled funding

    The MPTF Office is the UN hub on pooled financing. Hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), it provides fund design, fund administration, and other professional services to UN entities, national governments and non-governmental partners. For 15 years and with a cumulative portfolio of over US$10.8 billion, the MPTF Office has supported the joint action of UN entities, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector in 113 countries. The MPTF Office provides integrated services throughout the life cycle of its pooled funds, from their inception to their closure. The MPTF Office has accumulated experience performing these core functions to expand the pooled fund-related services it offers and to become the UN center of expertise on pooled funding instruments.

    As development contexts have substantially changed and countries’ priorities have evolved, the MPTF Office has evolved with them and it is expected that these discussion forums will become an instance to learn about partners’ needs and challenges to trigger innovation for a better provision of pooled funding services.

    Click here to download the visuals and video used during the discussion forum.

  • 14 Dec 2018

    NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, 14 December 2018


    The European Union and the United Nations approve €260 million in funding to eliminate violence against women and girls in 13 African and Latin American countries.


    The Spotlight Initiative’s Operational Steering Committee has approved national programmes to eliminate violence against women and girls in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


    The €260 million total investment across the 13 countries is the largest commitment of its kind, ever.


    The approval culminates a year-long series of nationally-led, multi-stakeholder investment planning and programme design activities. The consultations brought together civil society, national governments, the European Union, United Nations agencies and other partners to design comprehensive, high-impact interventions that can save women’s and girls’ lives.


    “We want to show that the European Union and United Nations can be strongly aligned for effective multilateralism that is close to people and can make a difference in women’s lives,” said EU Director-General for International Cooperation and Development Stefano Manservisi.




    With the funding in place, United Nations teams will begin coordinating the implementation of programmes that will address legislative and policy gaps, strengthen institutions, promote gender-equitable attitudes, and provide quality services for survivors and reparations for victims of violence and their families. Critically, programmes will also strengthen and build women’s movements across Africa and Latin America.


    “We are really excited that we can give the green light to country teams on the ground to get going,” said UN Director of Sustainable Development Michelle Gyles-McDonnough.


    National launches for the 13 programme countries are planned for early 2019.


    A regional launch for Africa is planned for 9 February 2019 in Addis Ababa.


    The regional launch for Latin America took place in September 2018.


    For media inquiries please contact:
    In New York: Koye Adeboye, +1 646 781 4768,

    In Brussels Chiara Puletti, +32 2 2992230,






    Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations globally.


    In sub-Saharan Africa, the situation is worrisome. In some countries in the region, 76 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. Most affected are marginalized women and girls facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. Fifteen of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are in Africa, and more than 40 per cent of girls marry before the age of 18. Every year, three million girls from 29 African countries join an estimated 200 million women and girls that have experienced the human rights violation known as female genital mutilation. The region also has the highest rates of unmet family planning needs, adolescent pregnancies, maternal deaths and HIV/AIDS prevalence.


    Latin America is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world. In 2016, 254 women and girls were killed in Argentina, 349 in El Salvador, 211 in Guatemala, 466 in Honduras and 2,813 in Mexico


    The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multiyear partnership between European Union and United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Launched with a seed funding commitment of €500 million from the European Union, the initiative represents an unprecedented global effort to invest in gender equality and women’s empowerment as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


    In Africa, the Spotlight Initiative is addressing sexual and gender-based violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and their linkages to sexual and reproductive health access. Programmes will invest in the prevention of violence and scaling-up innovative and evidence-based approaches to social norms change through community mobilization activities. Influential stakeholders — such as traditional and religious leaders — will also be engaged as allies to address negative stereotypes about gender roles and social norms that condone violence.


    In Latin America, the Spotlight Initiative is addressing Femicide. Interventions will aim at strengthening laws and policies, and at ensuring their enforcement, while promoting prevention of violence and services to survivors. Priority is also given to serving those most left behind, focusing interventions on women and girls facing intersecting forms of discrimination, as evidence shows that such women and girls are more at risk of violence and femicide. 

  • 27 Nov 2018

    United Nations-The Governments of Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Uzbekistan in cooperation with the UN Human Security Unit, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan and the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office launched the Aral Sea Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund (MPHSTF) at a High Level Event presided by the UN Secretary-General. The Aral Sea MPHSTF aims to provide a multi-sectoral and people-centered response to address the consequences of the desiccation of the Aral Sea. The first contribution of USD 6.5 million from the Government of Uzbekistan was signed into the fund by H.E. Sukhrob Kholmuradov, Deputy Prime Minister. The Government of Norway also announced a pledge of NOK 9.5 million (approximately USD 1.1 million).

  • 13 Nov 2018

    Doha - Sultan Ahmed Al-Aseeri, Manager of Country Programs at Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) and Ms. Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, signed the Standard Administrative Arrangement for the contribution of US$ 1,500,000 to the UN Haiti Cholera Response MPTF. QFFD is now the second largest contributor to the Fund, following the Government of the Republic of Korea.

  • 27 Sep 2018

    The Lion’s Share Fund, an innovative initiative led by UNDP, founders FINCH and founding partner Mars Incorporated, advertising agency network BBDO  and Nielsen was launched during the UN General Assembly to support wildlife conservation and animal welfare across the globe. This Lion’s Share asks major advertisers to contribute 0.5 percent of their media buy for each campaign featuring an animal.

    The new fund aims to raise $100 million over the next three years, which will be invested in initiatives and programmes that benefit animal welfare, conservation and their environments worldwide. During the launch, The Economist Group officially signed up to the Lion’s Share announcing that it will make a contribution of 0.5 percent of amounts received from advertisers for advertisements featuring animals in the print editions of The Economist, 1843, and The World In. More information

  • 19 Sep 2018

    The MPTF Office and the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation (DHF), in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN, launched and presented the report “Financing the UN Development System: Opening Doors” to UN Member States, UN organizations, the World Bank, and civil society organizations. The launch was moderated by Henrik Hammargren, DHF’s Executive Director, with opening remarks by the Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog, and a presentation by Jennifer Topping, the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office. The panel discussions also included elaborations by Bruce Jenks, Senior Advisor at DHF, and an intervention by the Jamaican Ambassador to the UN, Courtenay Rattray (co-chair of the UN Group of Friends of SDG Financing). It was followed by questions, thoughts and appreciations from UN Member States, the World Bank and UN organizations.

    “Opening Doors”, the fourth report on Financing the UNDS, aims to contribute to current and future discussions related to the UN’s role in financing development. The report is titled “Opening Doors”, at a time when the UN is looking in depth at both the funding of the UNDS and the role the UN plays towards financing the 2030 Agenda. The report points out challenges of today and opportunities for tomorrow and takes a close look into the financial data behind the analysis. “Financing the UN Development System: Opening Doors” also provides a selection of essays by distinguished guest contributors from outside and inside the UN system – with an aim to stimulate fresh thinking and discussions - for all to take part in.

    Watch the launch here. Follow Financing for Development #Fin4DeveUN.

  • 11 Sep 2018

    The 2018 report on “Financing the United Nation Development System: Opening Doors” was launched in Geneva today. The launch in New York will follow next week. The report is accompanied by an interactive executive summary, which can be accessed through the website of our partner, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

  • 17 Jul 2018

    Camp One Planet, UN Plaza, New York - UNEP, FAO, UNWTO, UNHABITAT, UNOPS and the MPTF Office signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the new One Planet Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) in support of SDG 12. These partners have come together to create a financial instrument to advance sustainable consumption and production (SCP) cohesively and impactfully. The One Planet MPTF is a mechanism for strategic and transparent pooling of financial resources to support the implementation of SDG 12, the most under-funded among the Sustainable Development Goals. For more information. Follow #camponeplanet.



  • 26 Apr 2018

    The Qatar Fund for Development signs a $2 million agreement to support urgent relief efforts for some of the most vulnerable communities in Afghanistan through the Afghanistan Common Humanitarian Fund.

    The agreement was formalized during a signing ceremony by Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, executive director for strategy of Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Mr. Toby Lanzer, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, during the annual Aid & Trade event in London, the United Kingdom, on 26th April. Read More

  • 19 Mar 2018

    The Government of Japan contributes USD 1,010,900 (equivalent to approximately 110 million Japanese Yen) to the UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund, making it the third largest contributor to the fund. This contribution supports activities to prevent the spread and to reduce cholera transmission in Haiti. The press release contains additional information. 

  • 13 Dec 2017

    Finland, the third largest donor to UN Action, increased funding to UN Action bringing its total commitment to over US$6.2 million.  This new contribution aims to focus on activities in Guinea. The Standard Administrative Arrangement was signed by Finland's Director General for Legal Affairs Paivi Kaukoranta and UN MPTFO Executive Coordinator, Jennifer Topping.

  • 30 Oct 2017

    30 October 2017, Dar es Salaam

    H.E. Ambassador Katarina Rangnitt and the UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, signed a contribution agreement for US$ 36 million for the One UN Fund in Tanzania over the next four years. This contribution will support four UNDAP II Outcomes related to economic growth and employment, democratic governance, human rights and gender equality, violence against women and children and women’s political participation and leadership. The press release contains additional information.

  • 20 Sep 2017

    The European Union and the United Nations have partnered to launch a High Level global initiative aimed on eliminating all forms violence against women and girls – The Spotlight Initiative.

    The Initiative is so named as it brings focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    This Initiative will be supported by a UN multi-stakeholder trust fund, with an initial investment of EUR 500 million. It will be administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, with the support of core agencies - UNDP, UNFPA and UN Women, and overseen by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General

    Its work will be concentrated in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

  • 17 Sep 2017

    The Governments of Kenya, the Netherlands and the UN hosted a high-level lunch dialogue on accelerating access to primary care through public-private partnerships in order to progress towards Universal Health Coverage, and the attainment of SDG 3 and related targets in Kenya.

    At the UNGA last year, the Government of Kenya and the UN decided to establish an SDG Partnership Platform in Kenya that would demonstrate the power of SDG partnerships and help identify bold transformative ways for accelerating universal access to primary care. Since then, great progress has been made in establishing this Platform and a Multi-Partner Trust Fund has been set-up to support the initiative. The event updated participants on the progress made, and discussed how to support Kenya in making the SDG Partnership Platform a ground-breaking success. It also showcased the initiative for potential replication globally to achieve the SDGs. 

    The meeting was attended by Her Excellency Ambassador (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Karel J.G. van Oosterom, Netherlands Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, Mr. Ronald de Jong, Philips Executive Committee Member, Mr. Michel Sidibe Executive Director of UNAIDs, Dr. Natalia Kanem Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Githinji Gitahi the CEO of Amref Africa, the UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee and Ms. Jennifer Topping, MPTF Office Executive Coordinator along with global leaders from the UN, private sector, government, international institutions, philanthropy and civil society.

    During the event, Philips committed USD 750,000 by signing the first contribution agreement to the Fund.

    Her Excellency Ambassador (Dr.) Amina Mohamed has featured the event in an article in the Huffington Post, showing the strong government ownership and buy-in for the initiative.

  • 11 Sep 2017

    The 2017 report on “Financing the United Nation Development System – Pathways to Reposition for Agenda 2030”  was launched in Geneva today, following the launch in New York last week. The report is accompanied by an interactive executive summary  which can be accessed through the website of our partner, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

  • 8 Sep 2017

    The third annual report in the Financing Series, entitled “Financing the United Nation Development System – Pathways to Reposition for Agenda 2030”, was launched in New York today. Produced jointly by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (DHF) and the UN MPTF Office, the report provides an overview of UN Development System (UNDS) resources, analyzes different sources of UNDS income and presents a profile of UNDS expenditure. The second part of the report includes a collection of over 20 essays from individual expert contributors covering a range or critical issues facing UNDS financing. Here is the link to the executive summary, and the full report is available on the UN MPTF Office website.

    Mr. Henrik Hammargren, DHF Executive Director, moderated the launch event. The panel consisted of Dr. Bruce Jenks, Senior Advisor at DHF, Jennifer Topping, the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, and Bjorn Gillsater, Manager of the World Bank’s New York office. 

  • 14 Jul 2017

    In Sierra Leone, volunteers were trained in safety procedures that replaced the traditional high-risk burial practices, and worked in ‘Safe and Dignified Burial’ teams. Many were ostracized by their communities but thanks to the support of the Ebola Multi-Partner Trust Fund, they were able to successfully reintegrate.

    UNDP and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, with support from the Government of Finland, helped the volunteers to develop skills to be able to make a living, as well as providing counselling and training. Link to Photo Report.

  • 22 Jun 2017

    Nairobi, KENYA

    On 22 June, the Government of Kenya and the MPTF Office established the Turkana Transformation Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Mr. Henry K. Rotich, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury of Kenya, H.E. Josphat Nanok, Governor of the Turkana County, and Ms. Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office during a ceremony attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Senior Government Officials, the UN Resident Coordinator of Kenya and other UN Agency representatives as well as Development Partners.

    This is the first MPTF established at county level and is expected to be the main funding instrument to mobilize donor and government resources for the “Turkana County- United Nations Joint Programme” developed in 2014 to achieve development results in the Turkana County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030.

    Real time information on contributions can be found on

  • 28 Apr 2017

    The Report summarizes the activities of the MPTF Office as the Administrative Agent for UN and National MDTFs, and Joint Programmes using the pass-through mechanism. It provides an overview of key results achieved in 2016 against the MPTF Office Strategic Plan 2014-2017, and summarizes the overall trends in portfolio, new initiatives in terms of fund design and outreach, efficiency gains and key management results.  It also touches upon newer areas of work for the MPTF Office such as initiatives in data analytics and publications on UN financing, and places a spotlight on new and growing strategic partnerships centered on financing and innovation.

  • 18 Apr 2017

    On 15 March 2017, the Global Acceleration Instrument on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (GAI) held a high-level event to bring global awareness to the central role of women’s organizations in sustaining peace. Speakers from around the world—including two GAI-funded CSO leaders from Burundi and Colombia—reflected on how the engagement of women and their organizations can help to accelerate and more effectively operationalize peace, security and humanitarian processes. Read more...

  • 9 Feb 2017

    The Government of Chile, in line with the importance it attaches to South – South Cooperation, has become the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to contribute to the UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund. On 7 February 2017, H.E. Ambassador Mr. Cristian Barros Melet, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations and Ms. Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, signed the Standard Administrative Arrangement for Chile’s contribution of US$ 250,000. The Government of Chile is now the fifth contributor to the Fund, along with the Governments of France, Korea, Liechtenstein and India.


    The Fund, which aims is to significantly improve access to care and treatment in the short term, address issues of Water & Sanitation and Health Systems in long term and develop a proposal for a package of material assistance and support to Haitians most directly affected by Cholera, will finance critical priorities of the New UN System Approach to Cholera in Haiti, providing a rapid, flexible and accountable platform to support a coordinated response from the UN System and partners.

  • 18 Jan 2017

    The United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany and Norway reiterated their support for the peace building process in Colombia and announced new contributions of US$16.8 million to the UN Post-conflict Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Colombia at a press conference in Bogota. The resources will finance projects aimed at building a stable and lasting peace in Colombia.

  • 12 Jan 2017

    New York – The Government of Argentina has become the latest new financial contributor to the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).  Ambassador Martín García Moritán of the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations and the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, Ms. Jennifer Topping, signed the agreement for Argentina’s contribution of US$150,000. This represents Argentina’s first contribution to the PBF and UN pooled funds administered by the MPTF Office and an important new multi-year commitment to the Fund.  

  • 1 Dec 2016

    Germany announced an additional contribution of EUR 3 million to the Somalia UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund, a window of the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF). The EUR 3 million brings Germany’s total contribution to the Somalia UN MPTF to EUR 7.7 million in 2016. The contribution will support (i) the State Formation process, supporting the creation of a federal structure and strengthening capacity of the emerging states; and (ii) the Enabler Programme, including security, coordination and risk management services to allow the international community to engage in a safer, and more coordinated, and risk-informed manner and deliver vital support to Somalia's transition.

  • 21 Oct 2016

    On 5 October, at a side event of the World Bank Annual meetings, the Government of Guinea and the MPTF Office established the National Post-Ebola Recovery and Resilience Fund (FNRPE). Ahead of the upcoming resource mobilization efforts, the Government of the Republic of Guinea sent a strong signal of commitment to all partners by announcing a US$5 million pledge from its own resources (see Government of Guinea press release).

    A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Ms.  Malado Kaba, Minister of Economy and Finance and Ms. Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office during a short ceremony attended by the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, the Minister of Budget, two Minister advisers of the President, the Governor of the Central Bank, the Ambassador of Guinea in Washington, the Executive Director representing Guinea at the World Bank Board of Executive Directors and the Special Adviser of the Prime Minister.

    The FNRPE will support the implementation of a US$550 million plan organized around five pillars: (1) economic recovery, women’s entrepreneurship and youth employment; (2) social protection and support to vulnerable groups; (3) water, hygiene and sanitation; (4) governance and social cohesion and (5) health, risk reduction and contingency. The FNRPE will be managed in accordance with the principles of the Paris Declaration and the New Deal. The Steering Committee will be chaired by the Minister of Economy and Finance and participation of representatives of the United Nations and other development partners will ensure that all decisions are taken in a true spirit of partnership and transparency.

    Member States, regional organizations, inter-governmental organizations, foundations, companies and individuals can contribute to the Fund by signing a Standard Administrative Arrangement with the MPTF Office.

    For additional information, please contact Philippe Grandet (

  • 14 Oct 2016

    14 October 2016 - Today the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund to finance critical priorities of the New UN System Approach on Cholera in Haiti. The trust fund provides a rapid, flexible and accountable platform to support a coordinated response from the UN system and partners.


    The New UN System Approach on Cholera in Haiti is designed to support Haiti in overcoming the cholera epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health systems. Urgent, early funding is required to support the implementation of the New UN Approach. In addition, the Fund will be able to support other interventions, including responding to the increased risk of cholera caused by the impact of Hurricane Mathew.


    Member States, regional organizations, inter-governmental organizations and foundations can contribute to the fund by signing a Standard Administrative Arrangement with the MPTF Office. Individuals, companies and philanthropies can channel private contributions through the UN Foundation (see\).

  • 30 Sep 2016

    Following the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP on September 26, Germany has announced a contribution of EUR 2 million to the United Nations Post-conflict Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Colombia. The contribution will fund projects aimed at building a stable and lasting peace in Colombia.

  • 22 Sep 2016

    On 21 September, the Governments of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom co-hosted a pledging conference for the Peacebuilding Fund. The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon opened the well-attended conference which aimed to expand the Fund’s donor base and increase contributions to the fund. By the end of the conference 30 Member States had pledged over US$152 million for the period 2016- 2019. The Peacebuilding Fund was established in 2006 and is the UN system’s financing tool of first resort to help sustain peace. It provides fast, flexible and risk-tolerant financing to UN efforts supporting political solutions aimed at preventing the lapse and relapse into conflict in fragile nations. The total amount pledged falls short of the Fund’s goal of a working capital of US$100 million per year, but is enough to allow the PBF to continue its work in the short term while Member States and the UN seek solutions for long-term funding.

  • 14 Sep 2016

    On 13 September 2016, Ms. Julia Bucknall, the Director for Environment and Natural Resources at the World Bank and Ms. Jennifer Topping, the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, signed an Administration Agreement for the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) MPTF. This is the first time a UN Multi-Donor Trust Fund is able to transfer funds directly to the World Bank as an implementing organization. It will allow the immediate transfer of preparatory grants. that will support the governments of the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo and Cameroon in developing their REDD+ Investment Plans. Furthermore, the terms of the Administration Agreement will also allow CAFI funding to the Democratic Republic of Congo National Fund for World Bank funding proposals. Beyond the practical terms, this new agreement shows how the WB and UN are strengthening their cooperation to effectively support sustainable development investments.

  • 12 Aug 2016

    On 11 August 2016, the Government of India made an additional contribution to the Peacebuilding Fund of US$1 million. Ms. Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, and Ms. Jennifer Topping, the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, signed the Standard Administrative Arrangement. The Government of India has been generously contributing to the Fund over several years, and this supplementary contribution brings their total contribution to US$ 5 million.  The Peacebuilding Fund was established by the Secretary-General for post-conflict peacebuilding initiatives in October 2006. For the past 10 years, the Trust Fund has supported projects in 35 countries by delivering fast and flexible funding to create catalytic results. 

  • 13 Jul 2016

    The second annual report in the Financing Series, “Financing the United Nation Development System – Current Trends and New Directions” was launched in New York today. Produced jointly by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the UN MPTF Office, the Report looks at current financing trends and challenges, and identifies interesting new directions in the financial landscape of the UN Development System. It provides an overview of sources and instruments of financing, analyses the implications of financing trends, and through extensive data and essays collection, including from a number of senior UN officials, highlights new thinking around financing the UNDS.

    Mr. Do Hung Viet, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Viet Nam moderated the event and panel, which consisted of Dr. Bruce Jenks, Senior Advisor of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Jennifer Topping, the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, and John Hendra, UNDG’s Senior Coordinator of the UN Fit For Purpose Initiative. After a round of remarks by the panel the session opened up for Q&A to the broad audience representing a wide range of stakeholders.  

    One of the report’s key purposes is to stimulate critical debate and action around key issues facing the financing of the UNDS . The active participation during the launch, with volunteers coming forward to  collaborate on the next installment of Financing the United Nations Development System report, was a good indication of the success of the 2016 report in meeting this objective.

  • 29 Jun 2016

    The final report on Financing the UN Develpment System is now available for download here, as is the report Summary. We are looking forward to receiving your comments.

  • 6 May 2016

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the United Nations Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (UN Zika MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak. The UN Zika MPTF provides a rapid, flexible and accountable platform to support a coordinated response from the UN system and partners.

    The Zika virus is spreading rapidly. Since January 2015, 61 countries and territories have reported local transmission of Zika virus, and urgent funds are required to support the implementation of national response plans and address the broader social and economic challenges that lie ahead.

    The UN Zika Response MPTF will directly support the Zika Strategic Response Framework, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in consultation with UN agencies, partners, and international epidemiological experts.

    The Trust Fund seeks contributions from Member States, regional organizations, inter-governmental organizations, businesses and individuals. To contribute, please go to

    UN Press Release

  • 22 Apr 2016

    Geneva - April 22, 2016 - The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) MPTF and the Minister of Finance of the DR Congo signed a letter of intent (LOI) for US$200 million to address deforestation and forest degradation in the country and to promote sustainable development. The signature of the LOI coincides with the world leaders’ signing ceremony in New York for the historic climate agreement reached in Paris in December.  April 22 is also International Mother Earth Day, with the 2016 global theme “Trees for the Earth.”


    The LOI addresses agricultural expansion, the use of fuelwood, illegal logging, land-use planning, unsecure tenure, demographic pressure and oil and mining activities, and integrates the governance issues that often underpin these drivers.  It exemplifies the partnerships needed to reach the ambitious climate change mitigation goals set out by the Paris Agreement, and is a further step in recognition of the 2014 NY Declaration on Forests. It is the first signed between the CAFI MPTF and a country of the Central Africa region, and the largest one ever concluded on REDD+ in Africa. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development.

    UNDP Press Release

  • 5 Mar 2016

    (New York, 5 March) – UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA have come together to establish the Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action. The fund will support civil society, UN and Member States to fill a critical funding gap and to steer resources directly to women’s civil society organizations at the forefront of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and recovery efforts.

    The global instrument was officially launched on 24 February 2016 in New York. During the launch women peacebuilders from Burundi, Colombia and Jordan illustrated the accelerated impacts on sustainable peace achieved through investing in women’s organizations and gender equality.

    For more information visit:

    Photo: Danny Ramirez, Goretti Ndacayisaba and Samar Muhareb, three peacebuilders at the launch of the Global Acceleration Instrument for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action.

    Photo credit to UN Women/Ryan Brown

  • 17 Feb 2016

    Bogota, COLOMBIA

    The UN Post-Conflict Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Colombia, managed by the Government and UN  in close cooperation with interested donors, will focus on supporting conflict areas in the lead-up and aftermath of possible peace agreements with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP). The fund will boost access to justice, community security and local governance capacity, restore victims’ rights and kick-start social and economic rehabilitation. Sweden and the UN’s own Peacebuilding Fund are the first contributors with initial commitments of US$8 million.  

    Real time information on contributions can be found on

  • 22 Jan 2016

    New York - More than 70 participants, including member states and UN agencies, attended a briefing on 18 January on the SDG Fund with an example of a project on inclusive economic growth in Mozambique.  Panelists included: Ambassadors H.E. Mr. Román Oyarzun (Spain), H.E. Mr. Kairat K. Abdrakhmanov (Kazakhstan), Ms. Paloma Duran, Director of the SDG Fund, Ms. Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator MPTF Office and Ms. Gulden Turkoz-Cosslett, Deputy Director, BERA/UNDP.

  • 15 Dec 2015

    The United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) Fund established in 2008, is entering into a new phase (2016-2020). The new strategic framework, together with a new fund Terms of Reference, was presented during a side event at the COP21 and four new donors-- Norway, the European Union, Spain and Switzerland—have already contributed to this new phase. To date the UN-REDD Programme has offered technical support and specialized expertise on all aspects of REDD+ to over 60 countries, mainly developing technical guidelines, building national capacities and assisting member countries in their efforts to put in place the required capacities and processes required to implement results based actions and become eligible for results-based payments under the expected REDD+ mechanisms. Building on the progress made, the Programme is now expanding its support to more advanced countries in moving towards implementation of REDD+ actions (Policies and Measures).  More information on the UN-REDD Programme can be found on

  • 4 Dec 2015

    New York - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia makes an additional contribution of EUR 50,000  to the UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict Multi Donor Trust Fund, earmarked to the Team of Experts. 

    This is Estonia's third  contribution to the UN Action MDTF, bringing its total support to the Fund to EUR 150,000.

  • 16 Nov 2015

    On November 16th, 2015, the Government of the Republic of Korea made a contribution of US$ 200,000 to the Common Humanitarian Fund in Afghanistan. Mr. Lee Yong-soo, DG for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Jennifer Topping, the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, signed the contribution agreement. This contribution complements Republic of Korea’s initial contribution to the Fund, bringing total contributions to US$ 6,200,000.

  • 2 Nov 2015

    New York - The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office was pleased to support and participate in the Peacebuilding Commission Organizational Committee meeting held on November 02, 2015 to discuss Transition Financing with a special focus on the experience of the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility. This financing instrument brings several multi-partner trust funds (UN, WB and ADB) under the common governance structure in the framework of New Deal and peacebuilding.


    The meeting was organized for the Peacebuilding Commission Members and included briefings from the Peacebuilding Commission Chair, H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia Mr. Peter de Clercq, Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office Executive Coordinator Ms. Jennifer Topping and Deputy Peacebuilding Support Office Ms. Mari Yamasita.


    The document entitled Transition Finance and Peacebuilding: Emerging lessons from Somalia summarizes some of the emerging lessons, practices and ideas captured by the Chair at the meeting (see Transition Finance and Peacebuilding: Emerging lessons from Somalia).

  • 29 Sep 2015

    New York - Responding to accelerating deforestation in the world’s second largest tropical rainforest in the central African region, representatives of African, European and South American countries and international organizations have come together in the unprecedented Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) to mitigate climate change and reduce poverty, and enable donors to deliver efficient and predictable multi-year, country-based funding for the initiative. Read more...

  • 9 Jul 2015

    New York, 9 July 2015 – The UN Special Envoy on Ebola, David Nabarro, launched today the 2nd Interim Report of the Secretary-General’s UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund, which highlights the achievements of the investments that the Trust Fund has made.

    As of May 2015, the Ebola MPTF received US$ 140 million in donor contributions and a total of US$ 128 million was transferred to the nine Participating Organizations. The full report can be accessed here.   

  • 15 Jun 2015

    The United Nations African Mothers’ Association made a contribution of US$ 20,000 to the UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund. The President of the Association, Mrs. Luzia de Jesus Gaspar Martins, and six members of the Executive Committee delivered the contribution to the Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro.

  • 2 Jun 2015

    On June 1st, 2015, the Russian Federation made a contribution of US$ 1,000,000 to the Recovery Window of the UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund. H.E. Ambassador Churkin, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, and Mr. Jens Wandel, the UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Management, signed the contribution agreement in the presence of Dr. David Nabarro, the UN Special Envoy on Ebola.

  • 2 Jun 2015

    New York — On 29 May 2015 Helen Clark announced the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Topping as the new Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office. Ms. Topping will replace Yannick Glemarec, who took up his new position as Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme at UN Women, at the ASG level, this past April.

    Ms. Topping has been serving as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mozambique since 2011 (pictured here during field visit to joint UN supported activities in Zambezia, Mozambique following the 2015 floods). Prior to this she held a variety of positions in UNDP country offices in Asia, Arab States and Africa, and at UNDP Headquarters. The MPTF Office is looking forward to welcoming her in August 2015.

  • 13 Apr 2015

    New York - On 30 March 2015 the Government of the United Arab Emirates contributed USD 1,000,000 to the UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict MDTF, earmarked to the Team of Experts on Rule Of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict. More information on the UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict MDTF can be found on:  more ...

  • 6 Apr 2015

    On 6 April, Mr. Yannick Glemarec, the former Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office took up his new position as Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme at UN Women, at the ASG level. His appointment was announced by the Secretary-General on 6 March.  Ms. Henriette Keijzers, the Deputy Executive Coordinator, has meanwhile taken over the leadership of the MPTF Office as OIC.  Read more ...

  • 2 Apr 2015

    The MPTF Office organized a one-day Symposium on 26 March to discuss how to design pooled funds for performance. Held under the auspices of the UN Working Group on Transition, the symposium was opened by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UNDG. The outcome of the symposium is reflected in the working draft of the “Designing Funds for Performance” manual. Read more …

  • 31 Mar 2015

    On March 28, 2015, the Jordanian Government, in collaboration with the United Nations, launched the Jordan Resilience Fund. The Fund aims to ensure coherence, aid effectiveness and coordinated assistance to the 2015 Jordan Response Plan. The fund seeks to aid in channeling catalytic financial support for the estimated $2.9 billion necessary to carry out the initial one-year Jordan Response Plan.  Read more ...

  • 23 Mar 2015

    The report “Financing the UN Development System Getting it right for a post-2015 world, Overview of Financing Instruments in the UN Development System” was released today as a working draft. Produced through a collaboration of The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, it presents a comprehensive overview of financing instruments in the UN Development System (UNDS). Read more...

  • 20 Feb 2015

    New York, 20 February 2015 – The UN Special Envoy on Ebola, David Nabarro, launched today the 1st Interim Report of the Secretary-General’s UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund, which highlights the early achievements of the investments that the Trust Fund has made. The full report (pre-publication version) can be accessed here

    First interim report of Ebola response Fund

  • 1 Feb 2015

    The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are supporting the Government-led response to the disaster in Malawi, where heavy rains have led to massive floods, especially in the Southern region. The UN System is scaling up its support to affected populations who are desperate for safe water, food, medicines and other basic necessities.  On-line contributions to support the Humanitarian Window of the Malawi One UN Fund can be made on:   (Read more...)


  • 22 Sep 2014

    Today the UN established the Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund, which will ensure a coherent UN System contribution to the overall Ebola outbreak response. The Fund will be guided by the priorities set out in the OCHA appeal document, launched on 16 September in Geneva by Valerie Amos, and amounting to nearly US$ 1 billion. The Trust Fund seeks contributions from Member States, regional legislative bodies, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, businesses and individuals. If you would like to contribute please go to

  • 21 Sep 2014

    On 21 September 2014, the Director General of The Qatar Development Fund, Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi, and the UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, signed a contribution agreement for the UN Fund for Darfur, amounting to $88.5 million. This contribution covers half of the financial requirements for the Darfur Development Strategy’s fast and foundational activities, estimated at US$177 Million and will enable the UN System to address the immediate and long term needs of Darfur. It represents the largest single contribution made by the State of Qatar to the UN system worldwide.

  • 10 Jul 2014

    New York City – Three sources of finance - humanitarian, development and climate finance - play a critical role in supporting recovery efforts in fragile and conflict-affected countries, says a report launched today by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG). The Report, by the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Financing Recovery for Resilience.   (Read more...)

  • 4 Jun 2014

    At the Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP) organized various events, including a Policy Dialogue meeting attended by members of the UNIPP Policy Board, the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Expert Mechanisms on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples.  At the event, the MPTF Office presented the UNIPP 2013 Consolidated Annual Progress ReportRead more...

  • 29 May 2014

    New York – The Government of Malaysia became the 56th financial contributor to the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).  Madam Siti Hajjar Adnin, Charge D'Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the UN, and the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office signed the agreement for Malaysia’s contribution of $100,000. This represents their first contribution to the PBF and UN pooled funds administered by the MPTF Office.   Read more

  • 21 May 2014

    The second phase of the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) joint programme begins in July 2014, building on the momentum and achievements of phase one, which enabled over 500,000 individuals and/or small and microenterprises gain access to financial services.

    PFIP was originally developed to achieve greater financial inclusion in one of the least banked regions in the world. Read more...

  • 21 Mar 2014

    The launch of the Central African Republic Multi-Partner Trust Fund (CAR MPTF) was announced this morning at a briefing on the implementation of the Secretary-General’s Six Point Proposal for CAR. The Government of Norway, who co-hosted the event, announced a $2 million contribution to the CAR MPTF in support of various immediate impact projects. Read more ...

  • 23 Jan 2014

    The MPTF Office recently launched its brochure: ‘Financing development together: The role of pooled financing mechanisms in enhancing development effectiveness’. The publication examines the evolution of the UN pooled financing mechanism over the past decade, driven by UN efforts to promote greater aid effectiveness.  It reflects on the MPTF Office experience in working with governments, donors and the UN system to provide customized development finance solutions at country, regional and global levels. Read more...

    See the full publication or download the pdf.

  • 20 Jan 2014

    The United Nations Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP) Technical Secretariat has recently published the UNIPP Success Stories ahead of its first 2014 Policy Board meeting. This publication outlines some of the concrete contributions made with support of UNIPP funding towards reaching the objectives of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held in New York in September 2014. Launched in May 2011, the UNIPP aims to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples, taking as a cornerstone their right to participate in decision-making, the state’s duty to consult, and the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). It works primarily at country-level, supporting activities carried out at regional and global levels. For more information on UNIPP and to access other UNIPP communication materials, please click here.

  • 20 Dec 2013

    This Facility will support activities in the new priority areas set forth under the Fourth Master Plan of the Spanish Cooperation (2013-2016). It will be a tool to support the basic mandate of UN Agencies, Funds and Programs and other development organizations, as well as activities in specific countries. It will also share and disseminate lessons learned from the MDG Achievement Fund and actively contribute to discussions over the design of the future post-2015 development agenda.

  • 19 Dec 2013

    The UN Development Group launched the ‘Delivering Results Together’ Fund (DRT Fund) last week with its first contribution of NOK 84,4 million from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. The DRT Fund aims to “contribute to the effective achievement of sustainable development results under One Programmes in line with national priorities in selected DaO countries”. For more information visit the DRT Fund webpage.

    Read more ....

  • 17 Dec 2013

    New York - The Slovak Republic, current co-chair of the UN Security Sector Reform (SSR) Group of Friends, today made its first contribution to a UN pooled fund administered by the MPTF Office. Slovakia became the 55th financial contributor to the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) in line with its commitment to strengthen peacebuilding efforts, particularly around security sector reform.  Read more...

  • 12 Dec 2013

    New York – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a supporter of the Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund since 2007, made a new contribution today to the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, and the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office signed the Standard Administrative Arrangement for the contribution of $300,000 to this UN Trust Fund. The Fund was established by the UN Secretary General in order to defray the expenses associated with the prosecution of suspected pirates as well to support the international forum, the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, in meeting its objective of eliminating piracy.

    For more information on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s contributions to MPTF Office-administered UN Trust Funds, please visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Portfolio Page on the MPTF Office GATEWAY.

  • 9 Dec 2013

    During the eleventh meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Board, Norway signed in  the pledge made at CoP 19 in Warsaw.

  • 13 Nov 2013

    New York – The State of Qatar is one of the MPTF Office’s long standing contributing partners. It made its first contribution in 2004 to the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund, and today made a new contribution to the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN, and the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office signed the Standard Administrative Arrangement for the contribution of $244,537 to this UN Trust Fund. The Fund was established by the UN Secretary General in order to defray the expenses associated with the prosecution of suspected pirates as well to support the international forum, the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, in meeting its objective of eliminating piracy. Read more...

  • 5 Nov 2013

    Erbil, Iraq - The Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) have signed an agreement to launch the  “Kurdistan Vision 2020 Joint Programming Facility” aimed at supporting the Kurdistan Vision 2020 Development Strategy. The Facility is unique, because it is not only the first sub-national trust fund to be established, but it is also the first co-financing trust fund to be established with over $18 million in joint KRG-UN commitments, of which over $13.6 million is financed by the KRG. Read More in English or Arabic

  • 22 Oct 2013

    Maban County (South Sudan) – A joint mission comprising OCHA, UNDP and MPTF Office visited refugee camps in Maban, Upper Nile state. The mission met with the beneficiaries and stakeholders of projects financed by the South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (South Sudan CHF). The Upper Nile State in the north-east of South Sudan is host to over 120,000 Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile State. Since their arrival in Maban the refugee families have received emergency shelters, nutrition assistance and other basic life-sustaining assistance from UN Organizations and NGOs. As a result, the WASH indicators in Maban Country have improved since 2012. Read more...

  • 9 Oct 2013

    New York - The new publication: Mainstreaming Human Rights in Development “Stories from the field”, was recently launched. It was developed under the auspices of the UNDG-Human Rights Mainstreaming Mechanism (UNDG-HRM).  The publication can be accessed on the UNDG HRM Fund GATEWAY page here and on the UN practitioners’ portal on Human Rights Based Approaches to programming here

    Read more ...

  • 5 Apr 2013

    Sudan -The United Nations Fund for Recovery, Reconstruction and Development in Darfur (UNDF) is established by the Darfur Regional Authority Government of Sudan and the UN to support the effective implementation of the Darfur Development Strategy (DDS). The DDS is in pursuit of the overall objective of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) to support the transition from humanitarian assistance to recovery and development.

    For more information please visit the UN Darfur Fund page.

  • 26 Mar 2013

    New York – Turkey is one of the MPTF Office’s longest standing contributing partners. It made its first contribution in 2005 to the Iraq Trust Fund and today, it made its fifth contribution to a MPTF Office administered fund. The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations and the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, signed a Standard Arrangement Agreement for a $100,000 contribution to the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. This Fund was established by the UN Secretary General in order to defray the expenses associated with the prosecution of suspected pirates as well to support the international forum, the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, in meeting its objective of  eliminating piracy. This brings Turkey’s overall contributions to almost $11 million. Turkey has also contributed to two Iraq Trust Funds, the Peacebuilding Fund and the Ecuador Yasuni Fund.  

    For more information on Turkey’s contributions to MPTF Office administered funds, please visit the Government of Turkey’s Portfolio Page on the MPTF Office GATEWAY.

  • 8 Mar 2013

    Bamako – The Netherlands, the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Budget of the Republic of Mali  and UNDP signed  a Standard Arrangement Agreement for a 15 million Euro contribution. This first contribution to the Stabilization fund established on 25 February 2013, is allocated to the Education and Agriculture sectors. The Fund Steering Committee is to hold its first meeting in the next two weeks in order to approve the activity plan and first transfer requests and allow the direct implementation of stabilization activities by national entities.

    For more information please visit the Mali Stabilization Fund page.

  • 25 Feb 2013

    Bamako - The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Budget of the Republic of Mali and UNDP signed the Memorandum of Agreement for a new National Fund. The Fund entitled “Fonds National de Stabilisation Economique et Sociale du Mali” will directly support Government stabilization priority activities for an initial duration of 2 years. The main objective of the Fund is to prevent further socio-economic degradation in Mali as a result of the current crisis and the major budgetary deficit. The Fund will mainly support the Health, Education, Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, Energy and Elections sectors. The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office will provide fund administration, management and other support services related to the establishment and management of the National Fund. For more information please visit the Mali Stabilization Fund page.

  • 15 Jan 2013

    The Fourth Quarter 2012 MPTF Office Newsletter provides information on new MPTFs established in the fourth quarter as well as feature articles on the three Climate Change MPTFs.  The MPTF Office finished the 2012 operational year well above targets. During the last quarter, It was appointed as fund administrator for 6 MPTFs - 4 of which are Climate Change Funds - and 3 JPs, increasing the cumulative portfolio to 60 MPTFs and 38 JPs. In 2012, the Office received total deposits of $748 million and transferred $835 million to 37 Participating Organizations. Download copy here.

  • 19 Dec 2012

    Addis Ababa – On 19 December the Ethiopia CRGE Facility was established with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Government of FDR of Ethiopia and the UNDP MPTF Office that will serve as the interim fund administrator. The agreement was signed in Addis Ababa by H.E. Ahmed Shide, State Minister of Finance and Economic Development and Mr. Eugene Owusu, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia. Read more...

  • 5 Dec 2012

    Doha, Qatar - At the Doha Climate Change Conference (COP18), the Government of Norway and the MPTF Office, signed an agreement to fund the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme. The agreement was signed by Mr. Per Øystein Vatne, Chargé d’Affaires, Norwegian Embassy to Qatar, and Mr. Bisrat Aklilu, Executive Coordinator, MPTF Office, in the presence of H.E. Dr. Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Viet Nam, H.E Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norway’s Minister of the Environment, H.E. Mr. Le Hong Phan, Ambassador of Viet Nam in Qatar, and Ms. Mette Loyche Wilkie, interim Head of the UN-REDD Secretariat. Read more...

  • 28 Nov 2012

    New York - Following the request of the Secretary-General for the UNDP MPTF Office to administer the the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL) Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), a Memorandum of Understanding was signed today between Mr. Bob Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and Mr. Bisrat Aklilu, Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, officially establishing the SE4ALL MPTF. The SE4ALL is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General to mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives, to be achieved by 2030. Read more...

  • 27 Nov 2012

    Kinshasa - On the eve of the COP18 meeting in Doha, Qatar, the DRC REDD+ National Fund was established with the signing of the agreement between the Government of DRC and the UNDP MPTF Office that will be the interim fund administrator. The agreement was signed in Kinshasa by H.E. Mr. Patrice Kibeti, Minister of Finance délégué and Mr. Moustapha Soumare, DSRSG/UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in the DRC. The signature ceremony was attended by H.E. Mr. Bavon N'sa Mputu Elima, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Tourism, DRC’s development Partners, the World Bank representative, and other officials. Read more...

  • 15 Nov 2012

    Sana’a, Yemen -The situation in Yemen has been of serious concern for the international community, with the country facing multi-faceted threats to its stability. Following the escalation of violence and the political impasse in 2011, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2014 which called on all parties in Yemen to commit themselves to implement a political settlement on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s initiative. Based on this, the Yemen NDCR TF is established in November 2012, under the sponsorship of the Government of Yemen and the United Nations, to support Yemen’s national dialogue and constitution-making processes. For more information on the Fund, visit the Yemen NDCR TF website.

  • 23 Oct 2012

    New York - The Third Quarter 2012 MPTF Office Newsletter provides information on new MPTFs established in the third quarter, the results of the MPTF Office Partner/Client Survey and highlights key system enhancements to the MPTF Office GATEWAY. It also presents feature articles on the Peacebuilding Fund in DRC, the Cape Verde Resident Coordinator’s reflections on developments in Cape Verde and the One UN Transition Fund, findings from the South Sudan Recovery Fund (SSRF) Lessons Learned Exercise and the Somalia CHF. Download the Newsletter here.

  • 27 Sep 2012

    New York - On September 25, the Governments of Ecuador and Italy, and UNDP signed a Euro 35 Million Debt-Swap Contribution Agreement, through which Italy will contribute to the Yasuni-ITT Trust Fund, administered by the UNDP MPTF Office. The Agreement was signed by Dr. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Coordination Minister of Heritage of Ecuador and the Chair of the Yasuni ITT Steering Committee, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, and Mr. Bisrat Aklilu,  Executive Coordinator, MPTF Office. Read more...

  • 26 Sep 2012

    New York - On 25 September 2012, the Climate Vulnerable Forum Trust Fund (CVFTF), an initiative of the current (Bangladesh) and incoming (Costa Rica) Chairs of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), was established. The CVFTF Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Mr. Jordan Ryan, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) of UNDP and Mr. Bisrat Aklilu, Executive, Coordinator of the MPTF Office that will  administer the CVFTF. Read more...

  • 14 Aug 2012

    Indonesia - The UN Partnership for Development Framework (UNPDF) 2011-2015 is the guiding framework under which UN joint programmes are developed and agency-specific Action Plans are devised. The Indonesia UNPDF Trust Fund was established in July 2012 by the Government of Indonesia and the UN to help fund the implementation of the joint UN-Government of Indonesia UNPDF 2011-2015. The trust fund will support integrated UN joint programmes with the aims of achieving the goals of Human Development agreed upon in the UNPDF. To learn more about the UNPDF Fund visit.

  • 1 Aug 2012

    Baghdad, Iraq - UNDP Iraq commemorates the completion of Al-Mussaib power station rehabilitation works.  The Al-Mussaib power station, the biggest of its kind in Iraq, received over $33 million from the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund with generous support from the Government of Japan. Upon completion, the power station ensures a stable supply of 200 MW of electricity. “The project has been completed just in time to meet the peak of summer demand,” said a relieved Engineer Raheem of the Ministry of Electricity who managed this rehabilitation project. Read more…..

  • 13 Jul 2012

    New York - The Second Quarter 2012 MPTF Office Newsletter provides information on new Joint Programmes established in the first quarter of 2012 and feature articles on the Kyrgyzstan Delivering as One Fund, Bangladesh Local Governance Joint Programme and the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund. It also provides at a glance the MPTF Office’s total portfolio. An independent survey research firm will undertake a client/partner survey of the MPTF Office’s services.  We thank you in advance for your participation and providing us feedback to improve our services. Download the newsletter here.

  • 31 May 2012

    The MPTF Office issued on 31 May 2012 the Consolidated Annual Progress Reports on Activities Implemented under the various MPTFs and JPs it is administering, covering the period 1 January to 31 December 2011. The MPTF Office also issued the 2011 Source and Use of Funds Statements for all MPTFs and JPs.

    Read more

  • 11 May 2012

    The MPTF Office GATEWAY clearly shows it: 2011 was a record year in the level of expenditures reported by the 34 Participating Organizations (POs) of the MPTFs and Joint Programmes (JPs) administered by the MPTF Office. The overall 2011 expenditures of the 34 POs reached $986 million, 16 % more than 2010. Humanitarian, transition and development MPTFs accounted for 38, 23 and 34 per cent of total expenditures respectively, while JPs made up the remaining 5 per cent. Read more...

  • 13 Apr 2012

    New York - The First Quarter 2012 Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office Newsletter, which provides information on new MPTFs, Joint Programmes and a National Fund (the Mali Climate Fund) - established in the first quarter of 2012. It also presents summaries of “Lessons-Learned-Reviews”  completed for the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund and the Central Fund for Influenza Action and articles on the new South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund which has started with speed and innovation, the Viet Nam One Plan Fund II and the UNDG component of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund which is showing notable progress in responding to Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery.  Read…..

  • 13 Apr 2012

    Baghdad, Iraq - The Council of Representatives voted to appoint the Commissioners to serve on Iraq's first Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) on April 9th. This is certainly a landmark achievement,” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and chief of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). A UNDP UNDG Iraq Trust Fund project, along with UNAMI and OHCHR, provided support to the IHCHR to ensure a transparent selection process of Commissioners and staff of the temporary Secretariat, and to strengthen its capacity. (Link to Press Release or UNDG ITF webpage).

  • 12 Apr 2012

    Kapoeta, South Sudan - Inter-communal violence over access to water has been a fact of life for the Toposa. In 2012, however, something changed in the lives of the Toposa residents of Jie, Kapoeta East County. For the first time in their memory, they did not have to migrate in search of water. (Read more)

  • 27 Mar 2012

    Ha Noi - The Minister of Planning and Investment of Viet Nam, Mr. Bui Quang Vinh, and the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Pratibha Mehta, and Heads of the 16 UN Organizations and IOM in Viet Nam signed a new Joint Cooperation Plan, the One Plan, on 27 March 2012. The US$ 480 million One Plan, covering 2012 to 2016, will support Viet Nam in achieving sustainable growth, improve public administration and management, access to high quality essential services and social welfare for all citizens. In support of the One Plan, the Viet Nam One Plan Fund II, administered by the MPTF Office, has also been extended until 2016 through the signing of an MOU. For additional details, go to

  • 3 Feb 2012

    New York - The 2011 4th Quarter Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) Newsletter, which provides information on new MPTFs and Joint Programmes established in the last quarter as well as updates on ongoing MPTFs – Extension of the Ecuador Yasuni ITT Trust Fund, IV High Level Intergovernmental Conference on Delivering-as-One in Uruguay, the Albania One UN Coherence Fund and the UN-REDD Programme Fund. Download the Newsletter here.

  • 26 Jan 2012

    Bamako: The Mali Climate Fund, the first national climate fund established in Africa following the Durban COP17 meeting, was signed between the Government of the Republic of Mali and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that will provisionally administer the Fund until a national successor is identified. The agreement was signed by H.E. Mr. Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Mr. Bisrat Aklilu, Executive Coordinator, UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office).  Read more...

  • 17 Jan 2012

    This is the final issue of the UNDG Iraq Trust Fund (UNDG ITF) Newsletter. Since 2004, it has captured and shared stories  of the progress and challenges of implementing multi-sectoral projects and documented lessons about operating in a conflict/post-conflict situation. It is under the UNDG ITF, that the UN agencies - 16 operating in Iraq - started ‘Delivering-as-One’ (DaO) and we learned the importance of strengthened UN Resident Coordinator leadership, use of a single pooled funding facility and the benefits of coordinated and synergic operations of UN organizations. 


  • 27 Dec 2011

    Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd. or Muji - from Mujirushi (no-brand) Ryohin (quality goods) - a major Japanese retail company responded to Ecuador’s global call for co-responsibility in protecting the global biodiversity of Yasuni and contributed $200,000 to the Yasuni ITT Trust FundRead more... 


  • 12 Dec 2011

    New York: On 8 December 2011, six United Nations Organizations- ILO, OHCHR, UN-DESA, UNDP, UNICEF and WHO - established the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Trust Fund (UNPRPD) to promote disability rights by assisting countries to improve policies, data gathering and service delivery to persons with disabilities. The Launch of UNPRPD was co-hosted by Ambassador Quinlan of Australia and UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan. Read more ...

  • 8 Dec 2011

    SOUTH SUDAN - The state of Eastern Equatoria inaugurated a market and received road equipment in a ceremony on 28 November. A $2.6 million livelihoods project of the South Sudan Recovery Fund supports the country in addressing the lack of market infrastructure, increasing crop productivity through agricultural training, and facilitating commercial development by connecting farmers to markets. Read more...

  • 26 Nov 2011

    The International Yasunízate Civic Campaign of 20 November further unified citizens of Ecuador in support of the Yasuni Initiative and resulted in raising nearly three million dollars (US$3.0 million) in voluntary contributions from citizens, institutions and companies of all of Ecuador's 24 provinces. Over 47,000 Ecuadorians participated in the event that included musical shows by famous artists highlighting the need to protect the unique biodiversity of Yasuni. The President of the Republic participated in the event and delighted the participants by singing a beautiful song by Joaquin Sabina, titled  "TOGETHER FOR THE YASUNÍ ”.  

  • 19 Nov 2011

    With less than two months remaining to reach its year-end fundraising goal, the Yasuni-ITT campaign is launching a global civic engagement campaign with major events on November 20th to raise awareness of Ecuador's Yasuni-ITT plan. The campaign will allow individuals in Ecuador and around the globe to contribute to the initiative to keep underground nearly 1 billion barrels of oil located in the most biodiverse section of rainforest in the world.

    For more information about the Yasunizate campaign visit and to contribute to the Yasuni-ITT Trust Fund visit

  • 4 Nov 2011

    New York - The 2011 3rd Quarter Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) Newsletter, which provides information on two High Level Meetings during the 66th UN General Assembly that led to increased support to Ecuador for its Yasuni Initiative as well as to the new Libya under the leadership of the National Transitional Council and the establishment of the Libya Recovery Trust Fund.  It also contains feature articles contributed by the Uruguay and Rwanda UNCTs on lessons from Delivering as One (DaO) Funds on the eve of the Montevideo IV High Level Intergovernmental Conference on DaO.  Download the Newsletter here.”

  • 27 Oct 2011

    New York - The United Nations Development Group's Human Rights Mainstreaming Trust Fund (UNDG-HRM) was officially launched by Ms. Helen Clark, Chair, United Nations Development Group, and Ms. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The focus of the UNDG-HRM's work is to strengthen coordinated and coherent UN support to better respond to requests from Member States. To read more about the launch and the UNDG HRM, please visit:

  • 20 Oct 2011

    New York - In consultation with Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), the United Nations Organizations have established the Libya Recovery Trust Fund (LRTF) to support Libya’s recovery efforts and longer term development activities in the aftermath of the conflict. Read full story...

  • 23 Sep 2011

    New York - A growing number of countries, regions and individuals showed their support for a novel initiative that would assist Ecuador’s efforts to address sustainable development and climate change by protecting the people, animals and plants living in Yasuní National Park from oil drilling and deforestation, at a high-level meeting co-hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Delgado today. (Click on title for full article)

  • 14 Sep 2011


    New York - The Steering Committee of the Expanded DaO Funding Window (EFW) has allocated a total of $43.4 million to 19 countries in support of UN coherence and to support nationally-led and owned programming processes to help UN Country Teams to Delivering-as-One. (read more...)

  • 5 Aug 2011

    Kathmandu, A lesson-learnt workshop on the PBF/UNPFN-funded UNICEF/UNFPA project “Ensuring recognition of sexual violence as a tool of conflict in the Nepal peace building process through documentation and provision of comprehensive services to women and girl victims/survivors” was organized in Kathmandu on 4 and 5 August 2011. The workshop reviewed the progress made so far and shared lessons, challenges and good practices in order to improve project implementation.

  • 1 Aug 2011

    New York - The MDTF Office has been renamed! The name of the MDTF Office has officially changed to the  Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) following the endorsement of the UNDG Advisory Group. The change from ‘donor’ to ‘partner reflects the key feature of the Office - fostering partnerships between developing countries, UN Organizations and developed countries based on shared visions and common goals.  

    In the coming days, the MPTF Office name change will be gradually reflected on the GATEWAY.

  • 29 Jul 2011

    New York - The 2011 2nd Quarter Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) Newsletter, which announces the renaming of the MDTF Office to MPTF Office, provides information on new MDTFs established, and updates from Somalia and Ecuador as well as feature articles on the MDG Achievement Fund, UN Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership Trust Fund, South Sudan Recovery Fund, Tanzania One UN Fund and UN Peace Fund for Nepal. Download the newsletter here.

  • 25 Jul 2011

    On 20 July, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) for Somalia, Mark Bowden, declared the existence of famine in two regions of southern Somalia. Across the country nearly half of the Somali population (3.7 mln) are now in crisis (read the full story). “If we don’t act now, famine will spread to all eight regions of southern Somalia within two months, due to poor harvests and infectious disease outbreaks,” stressed the HC. Noting that the lack of resources is alarming, the HC emphasized “Every day of delay in assistance is literally a matter of life or death for children and their families in the famine affected areas”. Read more...

  • 13 Jul 2011

    Kathmandu - With the explosion of the last remaining landmine in the Phulchowki minefield on 14 June 2011, Nepal became only the second country in Asia to be declared free of minefields. The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Mr Jhala Nath Khanal, and the Chief of Army Staff, General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, each pressed the switch that detonated the landmines, which were among the 12,070 landmines planted by the Nepal Army during the decade-long armed conflict. Read more...

  • 8 Jul 2011

    Southern Sudan - Grace Poni, a 42 year-old mother of 10, no longer has to shell out precious cash to transport her agricultural products to town. These days, she and a number of women’s groups can bring and sell their goods directly in a newly constructed covered market right in their hometown in Nyai-Wudabi, Morobo County in Central Equatoria State. [Click on title for full article]

  • 10 Jun 2011

    Quito - The first meeting of the Yasuni ITT Trust Fund Steering Committee took place in Quito on 1 June 2011, and approved major organizational and institutional decisions of the Fund, including the Steering Committee’s Terms of Reference and Rules and Procedures and the Terms and Conditions for the issuance of the Yasuni Certificate of Guarantee (CGYs), including US$ 100,000 contribution threshold for CGYs. Read more…

  • 5 May 2011

    New York - The Participating Organizations of the 36 MDTFs and 20 JPs have reported 2010 expenditures totaling $850.5 million. This increases total cumulative expenditures since 2004 to $ 3.2 billion or 71 percent of total transfers.  The 2010 expenditure reports were submitted to the MDTF Office, as Administrative Agent, on time and in an efficient manner thanks to the hard work and excellent collaboration between the country offices and headquarter finance units of the Participating Organizations.              Further details on the GATEWAY. (Read more...)

  • 3 May 2011

    New York - The First Quarter 2011 MDTF Office Newsletter contains information on newly established MDTFs and Joint Programmes, workshop and UNCT updates from Viet Nam and Ethiopia, and features from Sudan Recovery Fund -South Sudan, Cape Verde Transition Fund, Kyrgyzstan One Fund and a special contribution from the Resident Representative of Montenegro.

  • 27 Apr 2011

    Juba, South Sudan – Ahead of South Sudan’s independence scheduled for July 2011, the Sudan Recovery Fund-Southern Sudan (SRF-SS), established in July 2008, is focusing on  projects that demonstrate peace dividends, encourage participation and empowerment of communities affected by conflict and poverty, and address stabilization in areas affected by insecurity.  Read more...

  • 18 Apr 2011

    New York – At the request of the Government of Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), the UNDP MDTF Office organized, in New York from 6 to 8 April, an Interactive Workshop on Multi-Donor Trust Funds in relation to Climate Change and Aid Effectiveness, for senior officials from BAPPENAS and the Ministry of Finance. Read full story...

  • 17 Apr 2011

    New York – The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) in March approved the “UNDG Guidance Note on Establishing, Managing and Closing Multi-Donor Trust Funds". The Guidance Note was developed based on existing guidance, policy and practices, and reflects lessons learned since the establishment of the first UN Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) in 2004. It contains useful tools such as outlines for the Concept Note for the establishment of an MDTF and for Steering Committee Terms of Reference, and the steps involved in the various phases of the MDTF life cycle. (read more)

  • 4 Mar 2011


    New York – The new Iraq UNDAF Fund was recently launched and received the first contribution of £300,000 from the Scottish Government, using the proceeds from its initiative to confiscate cash for breaches of UN sanctions, to support the people of Iraq. The contribution will support water development within the UNDAF priority areas. Learn more about the establishment of the Fund and the Scottish Government’s initiative.

  • 3 Mar 2011

    Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho:  A new joint programme supported by the Lesotho One Fund is changing the way the Lesotho government and its development partners deliver aid by getting different government departments, UN agencies and civil society organizations working together to help mothers and their families. Read more about the programme and see the UN Women tweet.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    Port Moresby, PNG – New Zealand, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), concluded on 14 February 2011 a Standard Administrative Arrangement with the UN, agreeing to channel all its financial support to the United Nations in Papua New Guinea through the PNG UN Country Fund, administered by the UNDP MDTF Office.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    New York - The Government of Botswana and the United Nations System in Botswana have developed the Botswana UN Country Fund to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and meet the national priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan 10 and Vision 2016, and UNDAF outcomes over a five year period.  Visit the Botswana UN Country Fund page.

  • 17 Feb 2011

    Quito – The Secretary-General speaking at a joint press conference with President Rafael Correa congratulated Ecuador on the Yasuni-ITT initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and said he looked forward to seeing what more the country will do to build on the climate change momentum generated by last year’s conference in Cancún, Mexico. 

    Read full article here.

  • 9 Feb 2011

    New York - The Maldives UN Country Team has established a One UN Fund in support of its UN Development Assistance Framework (2011-2015) that will guide the UN system’s assistance to the country. Visit the Maldives One UN Fund page.


  • 6 Feb 2011

    New York - The UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Fourth Quarter 2010 Newsletter contains inform from the Tenth meeting of the IRFFI Donor Committee as well as quaterly financial updates and feature articles from the UNIDO, UNFPA, UN-Habitat and ESCWA.

  • 25 Jan 2011

    New York - The Fourth Quarter 2010 MDTF Office Newsletter shares 2010 highlights and includes feature articles from Lesotho, Somalia, Iraq and the Peacebuilding Fund.

  • 22 Jan 2011

    Addis Ababa - Heads of Agencies of the Ethiopia UN Country Team in Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 12 January 2010, officially launching the One UN Fund. This was a major step for Ethiopia in concretizing the UN Delivery as One agenda.

  • 12 Dec 2010

    Bringing together the convening power and expertise of the three Participating UN Organizations: FAO, UNDP and UNEP, the joint programme will contribute to the advancement of the international consensus-building on the eventual REDD+ mechanism under the UNFCCC and, in interim, to scaling up of REDD+ actions and finance, through provision of the secretariat services to the interim REDD+ Partnership.

  • 3 Dec 2010

    The United Nations Indonesia Trust Fund for Disaster Recovery (UNITF-DR) has been established to help fund the implementation of the Government of Indonesia’s Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Action Plans in response to disasters. The UNITF-DR is one of two funding windows within the Indonesia Multi Donor Fund Facility for Disaster Recovery (IMDFF-DR). A second window is administered by the World Bank. For more information.

  • 26 Nov 2010

    “I realized then that we needed to bolster our conservation efforts with good, credible science if we were to have any chance of saving Yasuni,” says Romo. Over the past decade, he and more than 50 other biologists working in the area have documented Yasuni’s remarkable biodiversity, providing evidence that its forest has the highest number of species on the planet, including an unprecedented core where there are overlapping world richness records for amphibians, reptiles, bats, and trees… Read article

  • 1 Nov 2010

    The UNDG Iraq Trust Fund Newsletter is now available featuring stories and updates on activities implemented during the third quarter by UN-Habitat, WHO, UNOPS and FAO. In Kurdistan discussion are underway to provide inputs on the draft NGO law, while WHO is working with Iraqi authorities to study the development of birth defects in Fallujah and UN-Habitat sustains its’ support to the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works and the Ministry of Planning to strengthen urban planning and development.

  • 27 Oct 2010

    Juba – The Sudan Recovery Fund- Southern Sudan (SRF_SS) supports State stabilization programmes, one of the key pre-referendum priorities identified by the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) and the United Nations. Significant number of returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are coming back to Jonglei State and Lakes State, states receiving USD 17 million each in stabilisation assistance from the SRF-SS. Stabilisation assistance programmes are also being developed for Warrap State and Eastern Equatoria State, states with high numbers of returnees.

  • 15 Oct 2010

    New York. The Third Quarter 2010 MDTF Office Newsletter provides information on the launch of two important initiatives – the MDTF Office GATEWAY and the Ecuador Yasuni ITT Trust Fund.  Other features include UN-REDD and the Lebanon Recovery Fund.

  • 9 Oct 2010

    The MDTF Office GATEWAY was presented at the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) technical meeting held from 4 to 6 October in Cookham, United Kingdom. We shared our story about making fundamental changes in our business process to support provision of real-time financial information to the public while facilitating knowledge management among our partners. Dennis Whittle, CEO of GlobalGiving and a frequent writer on transparency issues reflected on the MDTF Office GATEWAY in the Huffington Post.  Read his article here.

  • 20 Sep 2010

    Quito - On 13 September, the Government of Chile contributed US$100,000 to the Yasuní-ITT Trust Fund that is administered by UNDP, aimed at protecting an ecological site in an oil-rich area of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

  • 2 Sep 2010

    Yesterday, the UNDP Administrator in her statement to the Executive Board announced the launch of the MDTF Office GATEWAY. Today, the GATEWAY was officially launched to Executive Board Members by Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan. Read the full story on UNDP's news page

  • 30 Aug 2010

    The oPt Trust Fund is now established to finance UN-supported state building and development goals throughout the oPt, including early recovery and reconstruction initiatives in Gaza. Learn more

  • 24 Aug 2010

    The United Nations in Papua New Guinea, in cooperation with the Population Media Center (PMC), announced today a partnership with Colgate-Palmolive. Colgate-Palmolive has signed on as a private sector sponsor of two social change radio serial dramas to be developed for public broadcast in Papua New Guinea in Pidgin and English. The contribution of PGK 30,000, with the possibility of a second contribution of an equal amount, will be channeled through the PNG UN Country Fund.

  • 12 Aug 2010

    Following a series of consultations with key stakeholders in Lebanon, including senior government and UN officials, the UN Secretary General today declared Lebanon eligible for funding from the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).

  • 12 Aug 2010

    The Government of Ecuador and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a historic deal establishing a trust fund to step up protection of an ecological site in an oil-rich area of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

  • 10 Aug 2010

    Kathmandou - Under a UNDP project financed by the UN Peace Fund For Nepal (UNPFN), to date, more than 1,218 men and women, verified minors and late recruits who were discharged from Maoist cantonments in February 2010 have been referred for voluntary rehabilitation packages.

  • 29 Jul 2010

    Lesotho – $2.9 million was approved to support four inter-linked joint programmes focusing on 1) Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health; 2) Nutrition; 3) Prevention; and 4) Economic Growth, by the Lesotho UN Country Programme Steering Committee.

  • 28 Jul 2010

    Funded through the Peacebuilding Fund/UN Peace Fund for Nepal, this OHCHR-project supports the establishment and effective functioning of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances, providing grants to conflict victim groups and CSOs, especially those working with women, children and the indigenous communities at the grassroots level, to bring their voices into the process of transitional justice.

  • 26 Jul 2010

    As of Monday, 2 August 2010, the MDTF Office is located at 730 Third Avenue, 20th floor, in the Teachers Building - corner of 45 and 3rd Avenues. Our email and telephone numbers will remain the same. Please stop by and visit us!

  • 23 Jul 2010

    New York. The Second Quarter 2010 MDTF Office Newsletter provides information on new MDTFs in Somalia, Haiti and the UN-Indigenous Peoples Partnership. Highlights of the Hanoi “Delivering as One” conference as well as a feature stories on the Sudan Recovery Fund in Southern Sudan and UN Peace Fund for Nepal are also in this edition.

  • 29 Jun 2010

    New York. Featured in Helen Clark’s statement on UN Reform to the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board and the 2010 Annual UNDP report are UNDP Mutli-Donor Trust Fund Office’s activities in providing transparent and accountable fund management services to the UN system through a diverse mix of 32 country-specific and global MDTFs operating in humanitarian, post-conflict/transition and development contexts, as the de facto administrative agent for the UN system.

  • 26 Jun 2010

    The intergovernmental meeting on Delivering as One (DaO) was held on 14-16 June 2010, in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.  The conference was opened by the Minister of Planning from the Government of Viet Nam and Helen Clark as UNDG Chair. Over 260 participants included ministerial/ambassadorial participation from the Pilots; 15 "self-starters"; 22 donors, World Bank, Asia Development Bank, UNDG and the MDTF Office who currently is the Administrative Agent for 18 One UN Funds.

  • 20 Jun 2010

    New York.  The UNDP MDTF Office, in its capacity as Administrative Agent of MDTFs and JPs, has issued 2009 Annual Consolidated Reports.

    The reports are prepared as per the reporting provisions of the MOU signed with Participating Organizations and the SAA signed

  • 3 May 2010

    New York. The First Quarter 2010 MDTF Office Newsletter that provides information on new MDTFs in Comoros, Lesotho and Montenegro and updates from some ongoing "Delivering-as-One Funds" is now available. Read the newsletter here.

  • 19 Apr 2010

    Port Moresby, PNG - The Papua New Guinea UN Country Fund received an allocation of $1.3m from the EFW in 2010. Following the allocation, 13 funding proposals (“Requests for Funds”) were submitted by the programmatic Task Teams and one by the UN Communication Committee, amounting to more

  • 14 Apr 2010

    Tarawa, Kiribati – Kiribati is the first country in the Pacific (Fiji and Samoa Parish) where the United Nations, with assistance from its regional development partners, has established a One UN Fund. The Kiribati One UN Fund

  • 31 Mar 2010

    Thimphu, Bhutan – The Joint Steering Committee of the Bhutan UN Country Fund held its second meeting on 31 March 2010. The EFW 2010-allocation of $861,000 for Bhutan was fully programmed to meet the most urgent needs of the five Theme Groups; i.e. Poverty and MDGs, Health, Education, Good Governance

  • 25 Mar 2010

    Baghdad, March 24 (UNDP) – After suffering for decades from poor economic oversight and ineffective administrative practices, Iraq’s government on Wednesday launched the country’s first Anti-Corruption Strategy, developed with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • 23 Mar 2010

    The Joint Steering Committee of the One Fund in Kyrgyzstan had its first meeting on 9 March 2010. The Steering Committee has fully programmed the Expanded Funding Window allocation to One Fund in Kyrgyzstan, amounting to US$ 3.6 million. The 10 newly approved projects and joint programmes, implemented

  • 18 Feb 2010

    New York – The Expanded Delivering as One Funding Window (EFW) Steering Committee met on 18 February 2010 and allocated a total of $83,766,000 to seventeen Delivering as One (DaO) Funds. Allocations were made to all eight One UN Pilot countries: Albania ($2.2m), Cape Verde ($1.8m), Mozambique ($20.8m),

  • 11 Feb 2010

    The MDTF Office has launched its "Gateway" which will replace the current MDTF Office web-site. The current web-site is already the ‘go-to-place’ for data and information about MDTFs administered by the MDTF Office. The Gateway is currently in BETA version, which means that we are still evaluating

  • 25 Jan 2010

    With the 31 May 2010 deadline for submission of over 29 consolidated annual MDTF reports to over 50 donors, the MDTF Office began preparations before the New Year.

    The Office estimates that it will receive 1700 individual financial project and joint programme reports for the 2009 annual reporting cycle.

  • 24 Jan 2010

    As 2009 drew to a close, the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) launched new guidelines positioning it as a global, fast, relevant and catalytic funding tool supporting peacebuilding initiatives that make a difference in countries emerging from conflict.

    The PBF was launched in 2006 to help national governments

  • 23 Jan 2010

    In Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Delivery as One agenda has taken shape within the Joint UN Country Strategy. The country strategy makes it much easier for the government and the donors to see what the UN is actually doing in PNG, both from a programme and an operational angle. It’s an “All

  • 23 Jan 2010

    In late 2009 and early 2010 a few new MDTFs and JPs were established, including: Stabilization and Recovery Funding Facility in Eastern DRC (SRFF), Kyrgyzstan One Fund, Local Governance and Community Development in Nepal,  Joint Integrated Local development in Moldova and Uganda Gender Equality

  • 2 Nov 2009

    Uruguay is one of the eight pilot countries of the UN Reform and the only high middle income country with the highest levels of human development in Latin America. According to the Human Development Report 2007/2008, Uruguay ranks 46th among the 70 countries classified as having “high” human

  • 2 Oct 2009

    In August 2009, UNESCO, UNV and UNDP established a Multi-Donor Trust Fund on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries (UN-CBA). Drawing on the strengths of the Participating Organizations, this MDTF aims to improve the adaptative capacity of communities and reduce vulnerability

  • 1 Oct 2009

    The Expanded Delivering as One Funding Window for Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (EFW) was launched by the Chair of the UN Development Group (UNDG) and the Governments of Spain, Norway and the United Kingdom in September 2008 as a multi-donor funding mechanism that provides resources

  • 29 Sep 2009

    The MDTF Office team participated in two UNDP and UNDG organized work­shops and discussed how the MDTF and JP me­chanisms work as well as explain the roles and functions of the MDTF Office as an Administrative Agent (AA).

    A corporate Induction Workshop for UNDP Deputy Resident Representatives

  • 24 Sep 2009

    The establishment of the One UN Fund has proven to be critical to the Delivering as One architecture, as it has been an effective catalyst for change, accelerating compliance with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness principles.

    In Tanzania, some main benefits of the One UN Fund for programme

  • 13 Sep 2009

    In March 2008, Bhutan became the world's youngest democracy following the successful election of the country's first democratically elected Parliament. The opportunity now is to help strengthen this democratically elected government including Bhutan's constitutional bodies and local governments, expand

  • 21 Jul 2009

    The MDTF Office administers eleven country-level Joint Programmes (JPs), where UNDP is appointed as the Administrative Agent for pass-through funding. These JPs involve two or more Participating UN Organi­zations and national partners that collaborate in the de­livery of activities contained

  • 1 Jul 2009

    The UNCT in Sierra Leone has agreed to combine its efforts and resources behind a Joint Vision (2009–2012) in support of the Government of Sierra Leone and its people. Through the “Joint Vision for Sierra Leone,” the UN defines the common priorities that will guide its activities and

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