The United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) was established by the UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan in 1998 to serve as the interface between the United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) and the United Nations (UN) system. UNFIP is a UN trust fund that manages and accounts for the UN Foundation’s grant-making to the United Nations and also provides ongoing guidance and accountability for the Foundation’s work in accordance with the Relationship Agreement between the UN and UN Foundation. As part of its governance structure, UNFIP has an Advisory Board, which is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and comprised of senior representatives from the UN Secretariat, Member States and outside experts.
The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) was created by the UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations – both in transition and consolidation phases of democratization. UNDEF has supported over 600 projects in more than 100 countries at a total amount of almost US$170 million. UNDEF grants range from US$100,000 to US$300,000.
The UNOP also provides Partnership Advisory and Outreach Services in response to requests from the UN system, non-state actors and Member States pursuing public-private partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for action. This area of UNOP’s work includes co-convening a number of high profile events at the United Nations each year that engage non-state actors (private foundations, civil society organizations, private sector and business associations, academic institutions) together with UN entities that share a common commitment to advancing the SDGs in innovative and impactful ways through cross-sector partnerships.
The organization of UNOP is elaborated in the Secretary-General’s Bulletin dated 18 December 2009 (ST/SGB/2009/14).