NEW YORK, 16 March (Office for Disarmament Affairs) — The United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) is calling for applications for rapid response funding to emergency situations in the field of weapons management. Proposed activities must aim to support implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty and/or the Programme of Action on small arms.
Interested partners, international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations and research institutes can submit proposals for rapid response activities at any time of the year via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applicant may request funding of up to $200,000. Governments should work with an eligible organization to request funding to relevant activities funded through UNSCAR.
The Trust Facility provided rapid response funding for the emergency clearance of munitions in Tacloban, Philippines, following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and for the establishment of a reliable baseline assessment of armed groups in Ukraine, as well as their weapons and ammunition, in 2014.
UNSCAR was established in 2013 in response to the need for focused and effective funding to support conventional arms regulation. The multi-donor flexible funding mechanism also provides funding to non-emergency projects through an annual Call for Proposals published at www.un.org/disarmament/unscar. The next Call will be published in the second quarter of 2016.
Since its inception, UNSCAR has supported 39 projects with funds amounting to approximately $6 million around the world.
For further information about UNSCAR and the submission of proposals, please visit www.un.org/disarmament/unscar.