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OHCHR’s Funding and Budget


OHCHR’s global funding needs are only covered by the United Nations regular budget at a rate of some 40%, with the remainder coming from voluntary contributions from Member States and other donors. The United Nations regular budget, approved by the General Assembly every two years, is funded from “assessed contributions” of each Member State according to a formula that takes into account the size and strength of its national economy

OHCHR funding overview 2000-2013

Human rights is recognized as one of the three pillars of the UN system, the other two being development and peace and security. Yet human rights still only receives a tiny percentage of the resources provided to the other two pillars. Overall, just 3% of the total UN regular budget is allocated to human rights. For the 2014-2015 biennium, US$173.5 million was allocated to OHCHR, compared with US$177.3 million for the 2012-2013 biennium. This amount is not enough to implement human rights mandates established by the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. Mandated work should ideally be financed entirely by the regular budget, however as this is not the case, the Office uses a substantial portion of extra-budgetary funds to supplement these activities.

Until 2008, the level of voluntary contributions to OHCHR steadily increased, from US$41 million in 2002 to a peak of US$120 million in 2008. Contributions dropped slightly to US$118.1 million in 2009 and more sharply to US$109.4 million in 2010, before a slight recovery both in 2011 and 2012 to a level of US$111.1 million. However, in 2013, voluntary contributions increased by some US$10 million to reach US$121.2 million. Approximately 54 per cent of all voluntary funding was used in 2013 to support work in the field, which receives very little support from the regular budget. The remainder was distributed between other areas of the Office’s work, often supplementing the limited resources made available under the regular budget and enabling the Office to achieve a far greater impact than would otherwise have been possible.

OHCHR Annual Report 2013

The OHCHR Report 2013 presents results achieved under 11 expected accomplishments as set out in the OMP 2012-2013. It also provides information about OHCHR management, funding and expenditure.

OHCHR Annual Appeal 2014

After a thorough review of the Office’s financial situation, the extrabudgetary plan for 2014 has been fixed at US$149.9 million for new and ongoing programmes. The annual cost plan will be revised at the 2014 mid-year review in July to take into account funding received and projected for the year.

Download: OHCHR Annual Appeal 2014

Latest voluntary contributions to OHCHR in 2015
(as at 15 January, in chronological order from most recent to oldest)

Donor Currency Amount in US$
Flag of Japan Japan
Flag of Hungary Hungary
€ 20,000
Flag of Qatar Qatar
CHF 10,000
Flag of UN UNDP (UN managed pooled and trust funds funding)
Flag of India India
Flag of UN UNDP (UN managed pooled and trust funds funding)
Flag of France France
€ 8,000
Flag of Ireland Ireland
€ 210,000
Flag of UN UNDP (UN managed pooled and trust funds funding)
Flag of UN OCHA (ERF)

Archive of voluntary contributions

Contact Us

OHCHR accepts contributions from Member States, international organizations, foundations, voluntary associations, non-governmental organizations and individuals. If you or the organization you represent would like to make a contribution, please contact the OHCHR Donor and External Relations Section in Geneva.

Tel: +41 22 917 96 44
Fax +41 22 917 90 08

Email: DexRel@ohchr.org