UNOP traces its origin to the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, which was established on 1 March 1998 by the Secretary-General pursuant to the agreement between the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation, as an autonomous trust fund. The purpose of the Fund is to serve as the interface with the United Nations Foundation, which was established on 2 February 1998 by Mr. Turner as a public charity to channel $1 billion to United Nations causes within 10 years. The original Relationship Agreement, as established in 1998 and subsequently renewed in 2007, was revised and the new Revised and Restated Relationship Agreement was signed on 23 October 2014 by the Deputy Secretary-General and the President of the UN Foundation. The Agreement renews the partnership for an additional ten year period.
UNOP oversees three areas:The United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), established by the Secretary-General in March 1998 to serve as the interface for the partnership between the United Nations system and the United Nations Foundation - the public charity responsible for administering Ted Turner's $1 billion contribution in support of UN causes. The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), established by the Secretary-General in July 2005, which supports democratization throughout the world focusing on democratic institutions, promoting human rights, and ensuring the participation of all groups in democratic processes.
Partnership Advisory and Outreach Services provide assistance to a variety of entities, including academic institutions, companies, foundations, government agencies and civil society organizations. Investment in high-impact initiatives is encouraged by: