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 2012-2013 is US $576.7 million, including around US$ 43 million (7.4%) from the UN regular budget. Voluntary contributions are budgeted for an amount of US$ $533.7 million, of which US$ 274.2 million (51.4 per cent) is for the drugs programme and US$ 259.5 million (48.6 per cent) for the crime programme. Within the segment of voluntary contributions, general purpose resources for drugs and crime are projected to reach US$ 21.2 million for the biennium.

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 finance UNODC's executive direction and management;
  • 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.


In 2012, actual voluntary contributions for both drugs and crime programmes were pledged to an amount of US$ 302.7 million which represents an increase of 24 per cent compared to last year (2011:US$ 244.3 million). So far, in this budget cycle, the largest donors include: Colombia, USA, the European Union, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, Denmark, UNAIDS, Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States to Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, Mexico, the Netherlands, France, Finland, the United Arabian Emirates, Libya, the Russian Federation and the Qatar Foundation on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

The distribution of the funding was as follows:

  • Earmarked or special purpose funding - US$ 292.8 million (96.7 per cent)
  • General purpose funding - US$ 9.9 million (3.3 per cent)

In 2012, general purpose funding almost exclusively came from a small group of major donors (Japan, Sweden, Germany, USA, Finland, Denmark, Norway, France, Turkey, Luxembourg, Austria, Ireland). The Republic of Korea, Thailand, China, India, Liechtenstein, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, United Arabian Emirates, Chile, Portugal also provided contributions for general support.

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

  • Drugs Programme - US$ 185.2 million (61.2 per cent, compared with 54 per cent in 2011)
  • Crime Fund - US$ 117.5 million (38.8 per cent, compared with 46 per cent in 2011)

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 2012. Newly emerging and national donors accounted for about 32 per cent of UNODC funding in 2012. Other non-traditional donors and partners, including United Nations entities and multi-donor trust funds, other intergovernmental institutions and the private sector, are gradually but steadily increasing their share in the overall funding of UNODC compared to previous years :

Distribution by donor's categories in 2012:

Major Donors (60%); Emerging and National Donors (32%); UN Agencies (3%); Multi-Donor Trust Funds (2%); International Financial Institutions (IFIs) & other Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs) (less than 1%) and private sector (2%) - see the top-20 donors list.

Trust Funds

In accordance with resolution A/RES/64/293 Article 38 of the General Assembly on 12 August 2010 - United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, UNODC administers the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children which aims to provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking in persons.

Since inception, a total of US$ 798,791 from 12 Member States, private sector entities and individuals has been deposited to the Trust Fund account. To-date, the Board of Trustees of the Trust Fund has approved grants to 11 non-governmental organizations through the Small Grants Facility.