The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is a special initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, launched in 2005. The Secretary-General has established a voluntary Trust Fund for UNAOC that supports the UNAOC projects, activities and outreach, undertaken by the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in his official capacity, and core operational and human resources needs. The special status and mandate of UNAOC have been recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolutions dated 10 November 2009 (A/RES/64/14) and 6 July 2015 (A/RES/69/312).
UNAOC Trust Fund Administration and Status
The Trust Fund for UNAOC is administered by the United Nations Secretariat in accordance with the United Nations Financial Regulations and Rules. Project management services for UNAOC are being provided by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) through a memorandum of understanding between the United Nations and UNOPS.
The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations prepares an annual report to the attention of the Secretary-General on the main achievements, implemented activities and priorities of the initiative for the coming months. The report is published as an official United Nations document and presented to the United Nations General Assembly membership for information. The UNAOC annual activity reports for the period of 2007-2017 can be found here.
As one of the general trust funds administered by the United Nations headquarters, the Trust Fund for UNAOC is subject to an audit by the United Nations Board of Auditors in conformity with the International Standards on Auditing and the United Nations Financial Regulations and Rules. The biennium financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors can be found here. The Schedule of Individual Trust Funds, published by the United Nations Secretariat on an annual basis, can be retrieved from the Official Document System (ODS). Detailed project activity and financial reports are prepared by the UNAOC Secretariat in line with the project agreements, concluded between the donor and the United Nations.
UNAOC receives voluntary contributions from member states, international organizations, private sector and foundations. It has no financial implications for the regular budget of the United Nations.
Since the UNAOC establishment, the top ten donors that provided contributions to the Trust Fund for UNAOC are:
Donor statistics by year during 2005-2019, of which specified and non-specified contributions ratio:
UNAOC welcomes contributions from state and non-state entities, which wish to support its mandate and activities. To find out how to make a contribution to the voluntary Trust Fund for UNAOC, please review this note. Through a special partnership agreement with United Nations Foundation (UNF), UNF provides Internal Revenue Service tax recognition under IRS Code 501(c)(3) in order to qualify for tax deductions for USA-based private sector contributors and philanthropists.
Since UNAOC has a global mandate, it does not appear on the list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients. However, earmarked contributions for developmental purposes to UNAOC can be reported by governments as ODA, as formally agreed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).