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

Advocacy and Communication

One of the highest value activities the UN Foundation brings to the United Nations are the advocacy and communications platforms it has built over the years to tell the UN’s story and broaden the base of supporters that interact directly with the UN. These platforms include the Social Good Summit, Talk Radio Day at the UN, UN Press Fellowships, and ongoing press roundtables that serve to complement the more formal press briefings that occur at the UN. An exciting development is the increased global reach of these activities through new technology and the collaboration with UNDP country offices, which has allowed the UN Foundation to engage local communities around the world and link them to events in New York.

Accelerating MDG Achievement

In 2013, the United Nations launched the MDG Momentum campaign, focused on using the remaining 1,000 days to achieve the goals in as many countries as possible. The Foundation has been working to accelerate action by supporting the Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child multi-stakeholder movement through global advocacy, communications, and managing private sector engagement to reduce child mortality and improve women’s health, and the Deputy Secretary-General’s Call to Action on Sanitation, which remains one of the most lagging MDG targets.

Support to the UN's Creative Community Outreach Initiatve

The UN Foundation continued to provide valuable support to the UN’s Creative Community Outreach Initiative, which harnesses the power of film, television and other creative media to reach new and mass audiences. As part of this effort, key moments are identified on the global calendar, such as the Olympics and major entertainment events, and connections are facilitated between the UN and UN Foundation’s digital communications partners, such as Facebook, Mashable and the Huffington Post, in an effort to reach a global audience with messaging that profiles and supports the UN’s work.

Previously Supported Projects

Peace, Security and Human Rights Programme

The peace, security and human rights programme portfolio consisted of 61 projects valued at $54.1 million. The programme, which ended in 2007, focused primarily on funding United Nations supported programmes related to recovery from natural disasters, including increasing the United Nations disaster response capacity; the protection of women and children in armed conflict and post-conflict situations; strengthening good governance and the rule of law; and the promotion of human rights.

In the area of human rights, the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and UNFIP provided funds to respond to the high number of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeeping personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations, as the implementing partner, developed model guidance and training materials.

In the area of good governance and the rule of law, funding has been provided to the International Court of Justice to conduct a forum for senior legal advisers on how to streamline the procedures pertaining to the jurisdiction and proceedings of and access to the Court.

UNF and UNFIP have also supported a grant to the UN Department of Political Affairs to strengthen democratic governance in Latin America. With the overall goal of developing a regional strategy for reform of the security sector, this project focuses on aspects such as cooperative security policies, confidence-building and civilian leadership of the armed forces.

In addition, support was provided to UNDP to provide immediate relief to the victims of the earthquake on 8 October 2005 in Pakistan. These funds contributed to the United Nations effort to provide transitional shelters for the victims affected by the earthquake.

Further, the United Nations capacity to efficiently respond to natural disasters was strengthened by a joint effort of the World Food Programme and the United Nations Foundation. Through this cooperation, the United Nations will create a communications system that will deliver critical information to the humanitarian community in a timely manner by delivering emergency alerts by e-mail and short message service (SMS) to registered users in the occurrence of a natural disaster.