What is the UN Fund for International Partnerships?

Established by the Secretary-General in March 1998, the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) serves 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.

In 1997 Ted Turner announced a $1 billion pledge to support UN causes and set up the UN Foundation to administer the gift. In turn, the Secretary-General established UNFIP as the central interface with the UN Foundation. In making his historic contribution, Mr. Turner paved the way for other foundations to engage with the UN and in the process spurred a multiplier effect that has enabled the Office for Partnerships and the UN to attract and foster additional partnerships.

Funding Priorities

Through UNFIP, funds mobilised by the UN Foundation are channelled to the UN system, for implementation of projects focussed on Children’s Health, Women and Population, Environment, and Peace, Security and Human Rights. To date over US$1 billion has been programmed for 400 projects implemented by 39 United Nations entities in 123 countries.

Advisory Board

Reflecting the changing world and growing role of civil society, the Secretary-General designed an advisory board comprised of UN leaders and outside experts from the fields of philanthropy, development and humanitarian affairs. The UNFIP Advisory Board is responsible for the following functions:
- To provide broad policy guidance to the Secretary-General and monitor operations and activities of UNFIP;

- To advise the Secretary-General in the review of project proposals; and,
- To contribute to identifying projects and activities to be funded and supported by the Foundation, based on new developments and factors that may arise from time to time.

Current members:

Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General (Chairperson)

Ms. Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Under-Secretary-General for Management

Ambassador Léo Mérorès, President of the Economic and Social Council

Dr. Lincoln C. Chen, President, China Medical Board of New York

Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen, Chairman of the Second Committee, UN General Assembly
Ms. Mary Oakes Smith, Fellow, Information Technology for Education and Health, World Bank

Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Head, The Ford Foundation Study Group

Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships