The United Nations Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) was established in March 2007 to complement the Government’s Nepal Peace Trust Fund (NPTF) and mobilize resources for activities of clear, short-term relevance to the peace process. This Sixth Consolidated Annual Progress Report on Activities Implemented under the UNPFN reports on the implementation of projects approved for funding as of 31 December 2012, both funded directly by the UNPFN as well as projects funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).
To ensure non-duplication of efforts and strategic coherence in support of the peace process, the UNPFN operates within the same overall governance framework as that of the Government’s NPTF. In accordance with its revised Terms of Reference (TOR), the UNPFN focuses on five main clusters: Cantonments and Reintegration; Elections, Governance and Mediation; Recovery/Quick Impact Projects; Security; and Rights and Reconciliation. During the current reporting period, $2,37 million was net funded, bringing the cumulative net funded amount by the UNPFN to almost $25 million. In line with its first Priority Plan, the PBF has contributed $10 million to the UNPFN. A second Nepal Priority Plan was formulated in consultation with the Government of Nepal and final approval for an additional envelop of $8 million of PBF funding for Nepal was approved by the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in June 2012. Seven new projects approved under this additional PBF funding commenced in the first quarter of 2013. In terms of project implementation, five projects were operational during the reporting period, three of which were joint projects. Three projects completed their activities during 2012, including all PBF funded projects.