Regular Process Trust Fund

Voluntary trust fund for the regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects

Eligibility for Assistance

Assistance may be provided to an expert from a developing country accepted into the pool of experts for the Regular Process.


Completed applications for assistance, and proof of relevant visas must be received by the respective deadlines.

A completed application consists of: 

  1. Completed application form;

  2. A copy of the biodata page of the passport; and

  3. A copy of relevant visa(s), including transit visas as may be required


Assistance may be provided from the Trust Fund for the following:

  1. UN purchased economy-class roundtrip ticket to New York City; and 
  2. UN Daily subsistence allowance (DSA) to facilitate living expenses (subject to the availability of funding).

Note: the United Nations will make arrangements for travel funded under this Trust Fund, and in all cases assistance will be provided an economy class airfare which follows the most cost-effective route, arriving the day before the proceedings and departing the evening of the last day of the proceedings, or the following day if necessary for travel-related reasons.


At the World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002, States agreed to establish a regular process under the United Nations for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects, both current and foreseeable, building on existing regional assessments. In paragraph 157 of resolution 63/111 of 5 December 2008, the General Assembly established an Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole to recommend a course of action at its sixty-fourth session.

More about the establishment of this Trust Fund

The Trust Fund was established by General Assembly Resolution 64/71 para. 183 (4 Dec 2009) in order to support the operations of the regular process by providing assistance to the experts from developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing States, so that they may attend the meetings of the Ad hoc Working Group of the Whole.