The Voluntary Fund for Financial and Technical Assistance in the implementation of the universal periodic review was established in 2009 pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution
6/17 and further strengthened in 2011 by resolution
16/21. The Fund provides financial and technical assistance to help countries, in particular least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), implement recommendations emanating from the universal periodic review in consultation with, and with the consent of, the country concerned.
As established in its
TOR, the Fund provides support to a wide range of activities, including:
Policy guidance to the operationalization of the fund is provided by the Board of Trustees of the Voluntary Fund, composed of the
members of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights. In accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 6/30 on integrating the human rights of women throughout the United Nations system, the Voluntary Fund encourages proposal aimed at achieving gender equality and advancing women rights.
Since its establishment, the Voluntary Fund has supported projects in 65 countries in all regions of the world, with a total disbursement of USD 5,793,303 as at 31 December 2020. All the projects supported by the Fund are implemented in coordination with the States concerned and benefit from the technical assistance provided by OHCHR, including through its field presences. They focus on five areas, which reflect the criteria that guide funding decisions in accordance with the TOR of the Voluntary Fund.
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Contributions to the Voluntary Fund can be made by States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations or private institutions and individuals. Since the establishment of the Fund, 18 countries have made financial contributions:
Contributions to the Voluntary Fund for financial and technical assistance in the implementation of the universal periodic review
2008 - 2009
Colombia Russian Federation United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Germany Morocco Russian Federation United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Australia Germany Kazakhstan Norway
Germany Kazakhstan Netherlands Norway Oman
France Germany Kazakhstan Norway Paraguay Republic of Korea Saudi Arabia Spain United Arab Emirates
France Germany Norway Pakistan Republic of Korea Russian Federation Saudi Arabia Singapore Spain
France India Kazakhstan Pakistan Republic of Korea Singapore
For a more detailed overview about the activities of the Voluntary Fund, please consult the latest Annual Reports on the operations of the Voluntary Fund:
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