Selected Recent Donor Contributions:

The EU  contributed Euro 6.5 million to a drug demand reduction project in the Andean Community.

Japan has pledged the amount of US$6.5 million for UNODC Sahel Programme for three years.

The Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking has pledged  US$5.3 million for the Arab Trafficking in Persons Initiative for three years.

Denmark tripled its contribution to the General Purpose Fund in 2013 to DKK 15 million (US$2,623,295).

Funds and Partners

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UNODC Budget

The UNODC consolidated budget for the biennium 2014-2015 is US $760.1 million, including around US$ 88,9 million (11,7%) from the UN regular budget.

Donor contributions

Voluntary contributions to the activities of UNODC are provided by governments, consisting of major and emerging and national donors, UN Agencies, Multi-Donor Trust Funds, Inter-Governmental Organizations, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and private donors, including private sector entities and foundations.

Voluntary donor contributions comprise two types:

  • General-purpose funds (GP), i.e. unearmarked voluntary contributions which are used for i.a. provision of policy and strategic direction; support to technical norms and standards for Members States; research; and programme development, to name but a few areas.
  • Special-purpose funds (SP), which are earmarked voluntary contributions to finance UNODC's technical cooperation and other substantive activities at Headquarters (Vienna) and in the field.


Pledges for voluntary contributions in 2014 amounted to $287.8 million. The largest donors (more than US$ 3 million) included Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, the European Union, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UNAIDS, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

The distribution of the funding was as follows:

  • Earmarked or special purpose funding - US$ 280.6 million (98 per cent)
  • General purpose funding - US$ 7.2 million (2.5 per cent)

General-purpose funds amounted to US$ 7.2 million for  2014. Donations came almost exclusively provided by a small group of donors: Austria, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR of China, India, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Significant cost-sharing of the local support budget was provided by Brazil, Mexico and Panama.

In terms of type of activity, the funding distribution between drugs and crime programmes was as follows:

  • Drugs Programme - US$ 160,6 million (56 per cent )
  • Crime Fund - US$ 127,2 million (44 per cent)

UNODC has experienced a marked shift in the composition of its funding over the past few years. Since the creation of UNODC, the share of the major donor group in total funding has declined from 85 per cent to about 60 per cent in 2014. Newly emerging and national donors accounted for about 33 per cent of UNODC funding in 2014. Other non-traditional donors and partners, including United Nations entities and multi-donor trust funds, other intergovernmental institutions are gradually but steadily increasing their share in the overall funding of UNODC compared to previous years:

Distribution by donor's categories in 2014:

Major Donors (60%); Emerging and National Donors (33%); UN Agencies (3%); Multi-Donor Trust Funds (3%); International Financial Institutions (IFIs) & other Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs) (1%) - see the top-20 donors list.

United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/293, Article 38, of 12 August 2010, also known as the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, established the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons (UNVTF) and assigned UNODC with the management of the Fund. The UNVTF's mandate is to provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking in persons worldwide. The Trust Fund is guided by 5-member Board of Trustees appointed by the UN Secretary General, with due regard to geographical representation.

The UNVTF has received contributions of over US$ 2 million from Member States, private sector entities and individuals. To date, the Trust Fund has allocated US$ 1.7 million in grants to 28 non-governmental organizations providing direct and effective assistance to victims of human trafficking through specialized services and activities, tailored to provide support with recovery, restitution and redress. Through two global calls for proposals held so far, NGOs have been applying for grants of up to US$25,000 per year for a project duration of up to three years.  

More information, including on how to contribute to the Trust Fund, can be found on the UNVTF website: