On 7 June 2013, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs launched the multi-donor United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR).

UNSCAR will work closely with complementary international assistance initiatives to ensure better coordination, coherence and information sharing.

Press release


UNSCAR is a flexible, results-focused facility created to:

  • Support the preparation for ratification and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty;
  • Ensure the complementarities of implementation activities of the United Nations Programme of Action on small arms;
  • Support projects focused on implementing the Programme of Action on small arms;
  • Promote increased sustainability through more predictable sources of funding.


Information on how to apply for UNSCAR funding is available on the UNSCAR webpage.

Organizations eligible to submit project proposals are:

  • Relevant United Nations agencies
  • International organizations, including (sub-) regional organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Research institutes, including universities


The priority areas of action for the 2013 Call for Proposals are:

  • Support for the early ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty, including through legal or legislative assistance
  • Analyze complementarity between the Arms Trade Treaty and the Programme of Action on small arms
  • Identify synergies between implementing requirements of the Arms Trade Treaty and other existing regional and global instruments and efforts

UNSCAR will also accept proposals to implement special or rapid response activities, both in conflict prevention and immediate post-conflict situations.


To date, donors of UNSCAR include:

  • Australia
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom

Interested States are invited to contribute to UNSCAR. For further information, please contact conventionalarms-unoda@un.org