The Office for Partnerships serves as a gateway for partnership opportunities with the United Nations family. It promotes new collaborations and alliances in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provides support to new initiatives of the Secretary-General.

The Office provides Partnership Advisory Services and Outreach to a variety of entities, including academic institutions, companies, foundations, government agencies, and civil society organizations.

The Office manages two innovative mechanisms: The United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) established by the Secretary-General in March 1998 to serve as the interface in the partnership between the UN system and the UN 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 to support democratization throughout the world focused on supporting democratic institutions, promoting human rights, and ensuring the participation of all groups in democratic processes.