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LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund

In 2012, the Human Rights Council through resolution 19/26 established the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to support the participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the work of the Council.  The LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund, operational since 2014, runs on voluntary contributions from UN member States.

The LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund aims to ensure that LDCs and SIDS, in particular those without permanent representation in Geneva, are able to participate and contribute to the work of the Council.  It does so by providing training on human rights and engagement with the Council, fellowship programmes and practical induction trainings for delegates.  More recently, it also provides annual briefings to delegates in New York on the engagement with the General Assembly, conducts regional workshops, and mandated the OHCHR to prepare an evaluation report to be presented at the 49th Council session.

Currently, 72 LDCs/SIDS are eligible to apply for the Trust Fund (14 Latin American and Caribbean States, 22 Asia-Pacific States, and 36 African State).  Up to 10 delegates are supported per Council session and up to eight delegates per year for the fellowship programme. Participation of LDCs and SIDS delegates in Council sessions enables them to better advance and promote human rights issues that are of primary importance for their respective countries, such as climate change.


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Funding Opportunities for LDCs/SIDS in 2021

  1. Deadline for applications 47th session (21 June to 9 July 2021) and 48th session (13 September to 1st October 2021) of the Human Rights Council: 1 APRIL 2021

    Note Verbale sent to all LDCs/SIDS Permanent missions in Geneva and New York and 2 related documents:

    1. Sample Note Verbale delegate
    2. Visa information note

    ONLY FULLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS THAT ARE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE (1 APRIL 2021) WILL BE ACCEPTED.


  2. Deadline for application to 2021 Fellowship Pogramme: 1 MAY 2021

    Note Verbale sent to all LDCs/SIDS Permanent missions in Geneva and New York and the 3 related documents:

    1. Application form fellowship
    2. Sample Note Verbale for 2021 Fellowship Programme
    3. Visa information form

    ONLY FULLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS THAT ARE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE (1 MAY 2021) WILL BE ACCEPTED.

For information on how to apply please visit the following link: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/TrustFund/Pages/Apply.aspx



Contact

LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund Coordinator: Ms. Fatou Camara Houel, fhouel@ohchr.org

LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund Secretariat: sidsldc@ohchr.org

HRC Help Desk for Small States: hrcdesksmallpm@ohchr.org
+41 (0)79 500 0032 (WhatsApp)

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