Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

About Us

The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) serves as a gateway for collaboration between the private sector, foundations, and the United Nations family. It promotes new partnerships and alliances in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals and provides support to new initiatives of the Secretary-General.

UNOP was created in 2006 to strengthen system-wide coherence in the establishment of operational relationships with global partners of the United Nations; to provide support for the United Nations Democracy Fund; and to support partnership initiatives from non-State actors or United Nations entities in the light of General Assembly resolutions on the importance of engaging public and private sector stakeholders in the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, as well as the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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 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 agreement was renewed on 18 April 2008 for an additional 10 years ending 31 December 2017 to raise an additional $1 billion in support of United Nations causes.

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. UNDEF is overseen by Ms. Annika Savill, the Executive Head, a.i.

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:

UNOP is headed by Ms. Ann de la Roche, Officer-in-Charge and Chief of Operations.

UNOP Mandate

For details regarding the structure and mandate of the UN Office for Partnerships, please see the Secretary-General's bulletin ST/SGB/2009/14 below.

Secretariat-General's bulletin