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United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP)

I. Core Areas

The United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) serves as the operational arm of the Secretary-General in the partnership between the United Nations system and the United Nations Foundation (UNF), a public charity responsible for administering Ted Turner’s US$1 billion contribution in support of UN causes. The Fund was established by the Secretary-General in 1998 and set up as an autonomous trust fund.

UNFIP, supervised by Ms. Shari Klugman, Chief Operating Officer, facilitates innovative partnerships with companies, foundations and civil society organizations to create sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. Engaging partners at various levels, UNFIP mobilizes expertise, technology, delivery systems, funding and other resources in support of the Millennium Development Goals. UNFIP efforts focus on four thematic categories:

(i) The Children’s Health Programme supports the UN’s approach to enhance global public health systems through preventive interventions. The main areas of interest include: eradication of polio and other infectious diseases; prevention of tobacco use; and reduction of child mortality.

(ii) The Women & Population Programme supports UN efforts to improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health. Programme activities also focus on encouraging significant social and economic progress for adolescent girls and women.

(iii) The Environment Programme fosters renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to combat climate change in developing nations and supports long-term initiatives to protect the world’s biodiversity.

(iv) The Peace, Security & Human Rights Programme promotes integrated structural approaches to conflict prevention, while also strengthening the United Nations’ central position in the cause of human rights.

II. Engagement with External Actors

UNFIP only engages indirectly with civil society and the private sector, and proposals are only accepted from the UN system. However, in line with the Secretary-General’s approach to engage all actors, UNFIP and UNF are strongly interested in involving civil society and the private sector. They are encouraged to contact appropriate UN agencies, funds and programmes to establish constructive partnerships where possible.

The development of partnerships as a framework for collaboration with civil society and private sector partners is one of the key funding criteria for UNFIP grants. Public-private partnerships and alliances are seen as crucial in addressing global problems.

The Fund promotes new public-private partnerships and alliances worldwide by: identifying and opening avenues of collaboration; assisting in the design and evaluation of projects; providing advice on UN rules, funding modalities, best practices and lessons learned; facilitating networks; and creating an enabling environment for corporate and individual philanthropy. As of 2004 UNFIP has facilitated over 200 project and partnership requests which included 19 UN entities, five academic institutions, 65 companies, 35 foundations, ten governments, and 65 NGOs.

Examples of partnership initiatives which have been supported by UNFIP/UNF include the Equator Initiative1 and the Cisco Networking Academy Initiative2 in the LDCs. The Equator Initiative brings together UN agencies, governments, civil society, businesses and foundations to help build the capacity and raise the profile of local enterprises in the tropics that link economic improvement and job creation with protecting the environment. In cooperation with UNDP and other partners, the Cisco Networking Academy Programme provides students in least developed countries with skills that enable them to design, build and maintain computer networks. Another UNFIP grant which involves external actors is the Rollback Malaria Partnership - an inter-agency initiative led by WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and The World Bank to halve the world’s malaria burden by 2010. The initiative brings together the private sector, foundations, academic institutions, civil society and governments to contribute their expertise and funding .

III. Organizational Resources

Contact Info

Name: Ms. Lucie Hrbkova
Title: Chief of Office
Address: One UN Plaza, Room DC1-1330 , New York, NY 10017, United States
Telephone: +1-212-963-1000
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IV. Information Resources

* UNFIP website
* Equator Initiative
* Cisco Networking Academy Initiative

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