About UNDEF

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund offers the Secretary-General policy guidance for the development of programme frameworks and funding guidelines, considers proposals for funding, and recommends funding proposals for approval by the Secretary-General. The Board comprises 18 members: 13 Member States, including the seven largest contributors to UNDEF over the previous three years and six countries reflecting geographical diversity and commitment to democratic principles; three individual members, including the Chair of the Board; and two civil society organizations. The Advisory Board also has Group of Experts which serves as the working level of the Board. 

The composition of the Advisory Board for 2014-2015:

Seven largest contributors to UNDEF during 2011-2013

  • United States of America
  • India
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Poland
  • Chile

Six countries reflecting geographical diversity and commitment to democratic principles:

  • Bhutan
  • El Salvador
  • Latvia
  • Libya
  • Sierra Leone
  • Suriname

Individual members:

  • Ms. Aracelly Santana of Ecuador, former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Nepal and former Deputy Director of UN Electoral Assistance Division (retired).
  • Ms. Marjorie Tiven of the United States, former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs and incoming head of Global Cities, Inc., a programme of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
  • Mr. Jeffrey Wright of the United States, Actor and Founder of Taia Peace Foundation and Taia Lion Resources.

Civil society organizations: 

  • Action Aid International
  • Avaaz