( United Nations Fund for International Partnerships UNFIP) was established in March 1998 by then- Secretary-General Kofi Annan. UNFIP is responsible for administering and developing partnerships between UN agencies, departments, and programmes and the private sector. UNFIP works with foundations and corporations that wish to support UN causes to identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration. In particular, UNFIP facilitates the UN's work with the UN Foundation, which Ted Turner established to donate US$1 billion to the UN over 15 years, though UNFIP has also worked closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Synergos Institute, and the LTB Foundation, among others. The companies which UNFIP has engaged in partnerships include Google and Microsoft. 1
The partnerships developed and managed by UNFIP all work towards achieving the eight
Millennium Development Goals. UNFIP's priority areas within the MDGs, as identified on its website, are children's health; population and women; the environment, including biodiversity, energy, and climate change; and peace, security, and human rights.
UNFIP is overseen by an Advisory Board chaired by
Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. The Fund's offices are located at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
UNFIP is one component of the
United Nations Office for Partnerships, which also includes the UN Democracy Fund.
It is a sitting observer of the
United Nations Development Group. 2