The UN Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) was established in March 2007. The UNPFN channels resources for focused, time–limited activities deemed critical to the peace process and subject to the strategic priorities articulated by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Nepal in close consultation with the Government of Nepal (GoN) and Nepal’s development partners. The UNPFN was established to complement the government’s Nepal Peace Trust Fund (NPTF) and focuses only on tasks that cannot be funded or implemented through existing mechanisms.
The UNPFN has received contributions from the governments of the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Canada and Switzerland, as well as from the global UN Peacebuilding Fund (which has over 50 donors). To date, the UNPFN had allocated US$46m through 31 projects (closed / ongoing).
A four member UNPFN Executive Committee oversees and coordinates the operations of the UNPFN in accordance with the Terms of Reference of the Fund. The Committee is chaired by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (UN RCHC).
The UNPFN has ensured a strategic UN approach to support peace-building in Nepal, and has more broadly been an instrument to enhance UN and donor coordination and alignment in the interest of more efficient, transparent support to Nepal.
The UNPFN has been successful in harnessing the different types of UN expertise required for peace-building, and gone from funding 4 PUNOs in 2007 to 12 PUNOs in 2010.
The UNPFN has funded activities under five clusters of activities:
UNPFN Support Office: