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.