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Annex IV: Other Trust Funds

Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund

The original Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund was set up in 1988 to support emergency response and early recovery projects to be administered by OCHA and implemented by United Nations Agencies.

Following the signing of the Bonn Agreement in December 2001 and the subsequent establishment of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), OCHA ceased its activities in the country; however, there was US$ 20 million remaining in the fund at that time. Of this amount, a USAID contribution of US$ 800,000 was immediately withdrawn, US$ 3 million was transferred to United Nations Mine Action Services, US$ 1 million was transferred to the Office of the United Nations Security Coordinator (the precursor to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security) and US$ 400,000 was transferred to the United Nations Office for Project Services under the Disaster Relief Response Fund. The remaining US$ 14.8 million was made available to UNAMA in 2002 through a reconfigured Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund to implement emergency response and early recovery projects.

In 2007, taking into consideration the fact that the security situation and related lack of access had continued to adversely impact upon the implementation of projects, the timeframe for implementation of activities funded by the remaining amount in the Trust Fund was extended to 30 June 2008.

To date, the reconfigured Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund has supported 97 projects with more than US$ 15.5 million (105 per cent of the initially available US$ 14.8 million). In addition, US$ 2.4 million of the Fund was used in 2007 by OCHA to strengthen the capacity of the newly created Humanitarian Affairs Unit within UNAMA. The growth in funds in comparison to the initially available amount is due to the reprogramming of previously closed projects that had been implemented under the original Trust Fund. Additional savings are expected following the closure of some other existing projects.

Statement of Income and Expenditure 2007 (US$)

1
Opening Balance
10,482,168
2
Adjustments
3
Income from Contributions
4
Transfers, Refunds, Savings
5
Other Funds Available
278,174
6
Total Funds Available
10,760,342
7
Expenditure
2,762,871
8
Closing Balance
7,997,471

Income and Expenditure Breakdown (US$)

Income from Voluntary Contributions
EXPENDITURES
Staff Costs
910,517
Consultant Fees and Travel
Travel
79,155
Operating Expenses
671,482
Contractual Services
17,247
Supplies, Materials, Furniture and Equipment
894,433
Fellowships, Grants and Contributions
79,496
Programme Support Costs
110,541
Closing Balance
2,762,871

Reserves and Fund Balances as at 31 December 2007
7,997,471
Outstanding Advances and Commitments against MOU I with UNAMA
Outstanding Advances and Commitments against MOU II with UNAMA
4,432,891
Outstanding Advances and Commitments against MOU with UNOPS
Outstanding Advances with Mine Action NGOs
Unallocated Mine Action Funds to be transferred to UNMAS
Other Outstanding Advances
116,279
Balance of Funds for Other Activities in 2008
3,448,301

 

Tsunami Trust Fund

In 2007, the Emergency Preparedness Section coordinated OCHA’s contribution to the ‘Strengthening National Capacities for Tsunami Early Warning and Response Systems in the Indian Ocean’ initiative, which was launched in March 2006 by the United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Through a consortium of International Strategy for Disaster Reduction partners (the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the World Meteorological Organization, UNDP, UNEP, the World Bank, the International Federation of Red Cross and OCHA), efforts were made to enhance tsunami early warning systems in Indian Ocean countries.

In response to a number of government requests during the year, projects were implemented in seven countries (Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Thailand, Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles and Tanzania) with the support of three OCHA regional offices (Asia and the Pacific, Central and East Africa and Southern Africa). A total of US$ 560,000 from the Tsunami Trust Fund was disbursed to support these projects aimed at building sustainable capacity among national authorities and communities in tsunami preparedness.

Statement of Income and Expenditure 2007 (US$)

1
Opening Balance
4,444,847
2
Adjustments
(276,847)
3
Income from Contributions
4
Transfers, Refunds, Savings
264,901
5
Other Funds Available
2,815,723
6
Total Funds Available
7,248,624
7
Expenditure
3,528,400
8
Closing Balance
3,720,224
*All figures are subject to audit.
1.
The Opening Balance reflects the situation of the Trust Fund as of 1 January 2007.
2.
Includes adjustments to the prior period’s income and expenditure.
3.
Includes contributions from donors for 2007.
4.
Includes transfers between Trust Funds, refunds to donors and savings on the prior period’s obligations.
5.
Consists of interest, miscellaneous income and exhange adjustments for 2007.
6.
Consists of the opening balance and income (1+2+3+4+5).
7.
Includes disbursements and unliquidated obligations as of 31 December 2007.
8.
Includes operating cash reserves and fund balances as of 31 December 2007.