In accordance with its resolution
19/26 of 23 March 2012, the Human Rights Council (HRC) established the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the work of the HRC.
The Fund, which is managed by the Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), provides funding for the following activities:
A strengthened mandate on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Trust Fund
On 24 March 2017, the Human Rights Council adopted without a vote resolution
34/40 entitled "Promoting the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the Work of the Human Rights Council". Resolution 34/40 was sponsored /co-sponsored by 120 countries being the second most sponsored Human Rights Council resolution at the time. In this resolution, the HRC decides that the Trust Fund:
Statistics on the support provided by the LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund cover the period from 1 January 2014 to 12 February 2020.
Since it became operational on 1 January 2014, the LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund has supported:
For 95% of the LDCs/SIDS Beneficiary delegates supported by the Trust Fund, it was their first time participating in a regular HRC session though they are responsible for the HRC in their respective countries.
144 of the 153 Beneficiary delegates supported by the Trust Fund were based in their respective capitals at the time of their participation. The 9 others were based in their Permanent Missions in New York.
One of the women delegates who was supported by the Trust Fund was visually impaired.
All the SIDS without a Permanent Mission in Geneva have been supported at least once by the LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund.
Since 2016, all beneficiary delegates and fellows of the Trust Fund have been requested to undertake the
E-learning tool on the HRC prior to participating in the LDCs/SIDS s Programmes.
In June 2016, the Secretariat of the LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund launched the first online training tool on the HRC and its mechanisms for LDCs/SIDS government officials working in the field of human rights, as mandated by HRC resolution
This online course developed is free of charge, interactive, accessible and gender aware. It is available in English and French and "offline mode" (USB keys can be delivered upon request of LDCs/SIDS). Since its launch around 300 persons have taken the course.
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