Member States Announce Contributions at 2017 United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities

Commitments Represent Decline over 2016

Some 20 countries pledged a total of $398.98 million at today’s United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities, reflecting a significant decrease from 2016.

In opening remarks, Navid Hanif, Director of Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said the total contributions for United Nations operational activities for development in 2016 totalled $29.9 billion, which represented an increase of 8 per cent over 2015.

He said that core contributions to the United Nations development system in 2016 amounted to under 22 per cent of total contributions or $6.5 billion, of which seven donors accounted for half of the core funding.  That funding included a 5 per cent increase in core contributions compared to 2015, ending two consecutive years of decline.  Some $23.4 billion in non‑core funding was provided in 2016, of which only 7 per cent or $1.7 billion were channelled through inter‑agency pooled funds, despite acknowledgement by the General Assembly that those funds were useful mechanisms for strengthening system‑wide coherence, reducing fragmentation and generating economies of scale.

Noting significant challenges in broadening the funding base, he said available support could not keep pace with the growing humanitarian demands and accentuated the importance of protecting development gains.

The Conference elected Zohrab Mnatsakanyan (Armenia) as President of the 2017 Pledging Conference by acclamation, and Juergen Schulz (Germany) and Hessa AlAteibi (United Arab Emirates) as Vice‑Presidents.

Mr. Mnatsakanyan said States in 2016 pledged a more than $1 billion, which marked a historic increase in financial commitments compared to previous years’ Pledging Conferences.  Nonetheless, combined contributions to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN‑Women) increased by only 0.4 per cent, while their core contributions declined by 2 per cent.  As funding remained below current needs, he encouraged all States to renew and increase their financial contributions.

A number of Member States then made their pledges.

Concluding the Pledging Conference for Development Activities, Nick Hartmann, Director of the Resources Partnerships Group, UNDP, said resources to the Programme dropped by 36 per cent from 2010 to 2016.  By the end of 2017, he said the Programme expected $600 million for core resources, which represented a decrease of 15 per cent from 2015.

Sanjay Wijesekera, Acting Director of Public Partnerships for UNICEF, said the Fund’s revenue trend had been positive overall at $20 billion from 2014 to 2017, with unrestricted regular resources making up 27 per cent of that amount.  Noting challenges, he said public sector funding had fallen almost $100 million, insecurity had driven up operational costs in countries like South Sudan and Somalia and 50 per cent of UNICEF appeals had remained unfunded.

Klaus Simoni Pederson, Chief of UNFPA’s Resource Mobilization Branch, said his Fund’s projected total contribution revenue of $849 million would result in a decrease of 26 per cent from the 2017 strategic plan contribution target of $1.142 million.  To bridge the funding gap, he appealed to all States to consider increasing the amounts for regular resources for UNFPA in 2018 and future years.

Linda Kalenga, Officer‑in‑Charge of the Resource Mobilization Section, UN‑Women, said that several Member States in 2016 had expanded their support to the Entity, resulting in its fastest growth since 2012.  She expressed optimism that such growth would translate into substantial increases in pledged contributions.

Delegates also approved the 2017 United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities draft report (document A/CONF.208/2017/L.1).

Pledges Made

Country/Agencies

Amount Pledged

Notes

Kuwait

   

UNRWA

$2,000,000

 

UNHCR

$1,000,000

 

CERF

$1,000,000

 

UNDP

$570,000

 

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

$500,000

 

OHCHR

$500,000

 

UN-HABITAT

$354,000

 

UNICEF

$200,000

 

UNEP

$200,000

 

UN-Women

$50,000

 

UNITAR

$20,000

 

UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

$10,000

 

UNFPA

$10,000

 

UNDCP

$5,000

 

Albania

   

UNDP

$500

 

UNFPA

$500

 

UN-Women

$500

 

UNICEF

$500

 

Luxembourg

€45,000,000

subject to parliamentary approval

UNDP

€2,750,000

Thematic

€2,600,000

UNFPA

€2,750,000

Thematic

€2,800,000

UNICEF

€2,750,000

Thematic

€2,850,000

UN-Women

€1,300,000

UNCDF

€550,000

Thematic

€250,000

UNRWA

€3,750,000

Singapore

$640,000

 

UNICEF

$50,000

 

UN Women

$50,000

 

UNDP

$300,000

 

G77 Account for Economic Cooperation

$5,000

 

UNHCR

$60,000

 

OCHA

$20,000

 

CERF

$50,000

 

UNFPA

$5,000

 

UN Voluntary Fund for Trafficking in Persons

$5,000

 

OHCHR

$15,000

$10,000 for Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States; and $5,000 for Voluntary Fund for implementation of the Universal Periodic Mechanism

UNEP

$50,000

 

Trust Fund of the East Asian Seas

$20,000

 

UNDCP

$10,000

 

Denmark

 

no numbers provided for 2018

Slovenia

   

UNICEF

$30,400

core resources

Thailand

$2,600,000

UNDP

$865,112

 

UNDP local office

$466,126

 

UNICEF

$174,313

 

UNICEF office for Thailand administrative expenses

$61,813

 

WHO South-East Asia

$500,000

 

WHO South-East Asia Regional Office Building Plus the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund

$200,000

 

UNFPA

$150,000

 

UNRWA

$40,000

 

UNDCP

$30,000

 

UNHCR

$20,000

 

CERF

$20,000

 

OHCHR

$20,000

 

Trust Fund for the support of the Centre for Human Rights

$20,000

 

UN-Women

$20,000

 

Implementation Support Unit of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

$9,987

 

Trust Fund for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

$10,000

 

Economic Cooperation among Developing Countries

$5,000

 

United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific

$3,000

 

United Nations Capital Development Fund

$2,500

 

UNITAR

$2,000

 

UNV

$1,500

 

United Nations Disarmament Information Programme

$1,000

 

Trust Fund for the Pacific Island Countries

$1,000

 

Myanmar

   

UNDP

MK 1,080,000

equivalent of $900

UNDP Local Office Cost

MK 660,000

equivalent of $550

UNDFPA

$3,000

 

UNESCAP

$2,000

 

Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific

$1,000

 

UN Capital Development Fund

$5,000

 

UNIDO

$5,000

 

Indonesia

$717,000

UNODC

$45,000

broken down as follows:
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Fund, $15,000;
Fund of the UN International Drug Control Programme, $15,000;
UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme, $15,000

OHCHR

$20,000

 

UNCITRAL

$20,000

 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

$70,000

 

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

$75,000

 

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

$110,000

 

UN-Women

$147,000

 

CERF

$220,000

 

Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation

$10,000

 

UNFPA

Rp 190,000,000

earmarked for UNFPA activities in Indonesia

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

   

UNDP

$60,943.49

 

UNICEF

$120,883.05

 

UNFPA

$29,782.53

 

India

$100,000,000

 

UNDP

$4,500,000

 

WFP

$1,920,000

 

UNRWA

$1,250,000

 

UN-Women

$1,000,000

 

UNICEF

$862,000

 

UNFPA

$500,000

 

UN-Habitat

$150,000

 

UNEP

$100,000

 

UNODC

$100,000

 

UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation

$200,000

 

Norway

 

subject to parliamentary approval

UNDP

NKr 535,000,000

equivalent of $65 million

Thematic

NKr 35,000,000

 

UNICEF

NKr 410,000,000

equivalent of $50 million

Thematic

NKr 70,000,000

 

UNFPA

NKr 500,000,000

equivalent of $61 million

UNHCR

NKr 350,000,000

equivalent of $43 million

WFP

NKr 290,000,000

equivalent of $35 million

UNRWA

NKr 125,000,000

equivalent of $15 million

UNAIDS

NKr 130,000,000

equivalent of $16 million

UN-Women

NKr 85,000,000

equivalent of $10 million

China

 

no numbers provided

Russian Federation

 

depends on implementation of national budget

WFP

$20,000,000

 

UNIDO

$2,600,000

 

UNHCR

$2,000,000

 

OHCHR

$2,000,000

 

UNDOC

$2,000,000

 

CERF

$1,500,000

 

UNDP

$1,100,000

 

OCHA

$1,000,000

 

UNICEF

$1,000,000

 

UNEP

$900,000

 

UNAIDS

$500,000

 

UN-Habitat

$400,000

 

UNFPA

$300,000

 

UNITAR

$200,000

 

Bangladesh

   

UNDP Headquarters

$500,000

 

UNDP Local Office

Tk 1,500,000

UNICEF

$50,000

 

UNFPA Headquarters

$35,000

 

UNFPA Local Office

$3,800

contribution made in Tk equivalent

UN-Women

$15,000

 

UNEP

$2,000

 

UNV

$2,000

 

UN Fund for Drug Abuse Control Programme (UNODC)

$2,000

 

UN Fund for South-South Cooperation

$15,000

 

Mongolia

   

UNDP

$17,000

 

UNICEF

$11,000

 

UNFPA

$4,000

 

CERF

$10,000

 

UN-Women

$7,000

 

UNEP

$1,000

 

Andorra

€230,000

no specific breakdown given

Estonia

   

UNICEF

€150,000

UN-Women

€80,000

UNDP

€75,000

UNFPA

€60,000

OCHA, CERF, UNRWA, UNHCR

 

no numbers given

United Arab Emirates

 

not exhaustive, further contributions to be announced when finalized/approved

UN-Women

$5,000,000

as part of $15 million commitment to be disbursed over the next 3 years as previously announced

UNRWA

$1,000,000

 

Trust Fund for Strengthening of OCHA

$500,000

 

CERF

$20,000

 

UNDP

$324,000

core budget

UNHCR

$200,000

 

UNICEF

$100,000

core budget

OHCHR

$50,000

 

UNEP

$40,000

 

UN Fund for South-South Cooperation

$40,000

 

UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Fund

$30,000

 

Fund of the UN International Drug Control Programme

$10,000

 

UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

$30,000

 

Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation

$20,000

 

UNITAR

$10,000

 

UNFPA

$10,000

 

UN Voluntary Fund on Disability

$10,000

 

UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

$10,000

 

UN Voluntary Trust Fund for the Convention to Combat Desertification

$10,000

 

UNIDR

$10,000

 

Cooperative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

$100,000

aid to navigation fund

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

   

UNDP

$25,000

 

UNICEF

$5,350

 

UNFPA

$3,000

 

UN-Women

$1,000

 

UN Office for South-South Cooperation

$2,000

 

UNCDF

$1,500

 

UNV

$1,000