Human Rights Council resolution 6/17 and
16/21, the Voluntary Fund for participation in the universal periodic review facilitates the participation of developing countries, particularly least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), in the universal periodic review mechanism. As established in its
TOR, the Fund provides financial support to cover travel to Geneva by one Government representative in order to participate in:
In addition, the Voluntary Fund covers:
Since its establishment in 2008, 112 countries have benefitted from the travel assistance under the Voluntary Fund. Out of these 112 States, approximately 40 per cent are LDCs and 33 per cent are SIDS.
In accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 6/30 on integrating the human rights of women throughout the United Nations system and also bearing in mind that resolution 5/1 that established the universal periodic review stipulated that the mechanism should fully integrate a gender perspective (para. 3(k)), the UPR Secretariat has been encouraging States to consider gender balance in the composition of their delegation and in the sharing of responsibilities among its members. In the third cycle of UPR, 33 women and 43 men have so far been funded.
Since May 2017, OHCHR has been organizing informal briefings during the sessions of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review for members of delegations participating in the review, especially those who have travelled from their capitals.
The total expenditure of the Voluntary Fund as at 31 December 2020 was USD 3,255,372.88.
The Fund can receive voluntary contributions from States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations or private institutions and individuals. Since the establishment of the Fund in 2008, 19 countries have made financial contributions:
Austria, Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland.
Furthermore, in 2019, for the first time since the establishment of the Fund, an intergovernmental organization, the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), made a contribution to the Fund.
Contributions to the Voluntary Fund for participation in the universal periodic review
2008 - 2009
Austria Germany Italy Japan Romania Russian Federation Saudi Arabia
Colombia Denmark Germany Hungary
Japan Kuwait Singapore
Australia Hungary Japan Saudi Arabia Sweden
Australia Cuba Germany Hungary Singapore
Cuba Republic of Korea Singapore
Belgium Republic of Korea Singapore
For a more detailed overview about the Voluntary Fund, please click
here or consult the latest
Annual Reports on the operations of the Voluntary Fund:
For information please contact: UPRStates@ohchr.org
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