30 July 2014, 07.39 AM
The Chile Fund was established by the Government of Chile and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in order to promote Chile´s international cooperation policy through the creation and implementation of a fund to fight hunger and poverty, in accordance to Chile´s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The creation of this Fund seeks to promote actions and projects for South-South Cooperation (SSC), sharing Chile´s experiences economic and social matters and in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies with countries of the same or lower relative development in Latin America and the Caribbean, the island nations of the Pacific and Africa.
“This Chile Fund is a concrete expression of our country´s commitment to South-South Cooperation, oriented towards countries which are less developed than we are. In association with UNDP, we are acting to help those who most need our support.”
Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile.
UNITAID, the international Drug Purchase Facility, was created in 2006. Its purpose is to help to expand access to diagnosis of and treatments for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in low-income countries. Chile is a founding member, together with Brazil, France, Norway and the United Kingdom.
To finance Chile´s contributions to UNITAID and other iniciatives to fight hunger and poverty in the world, the Chilean National Congress approved Law N° 20.138 on 1 December 2006. This measure authorises the dollars per year, which are agreed as part of international initiatives against hunger and poverty and are channelled to the funds, programmes and agencies of the United Nations System.
One of the prime targets proposed for the Country Programme 2011-2014 agreed between the UNDP and the Government of Chile is the commitment to support the consolidation of South-South Cooperation (SSC) between Chile and countries with economic and social needs, and to promote international recognition of its contributions to development.
In this context, the Government of Chile -through its Foreign Affairs Ministry (MINREL) and with part of the resources alloated under Law N° 20.138- has decided to launch a special fund to fight hunger and poverty in equally or less developed countries in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Since it was launched in 2012, the Chile Fund has helped to fund various projects intended to improve the quality of life of communities. Excellent results have been acheved with projects implemented by civil society organizations, corresponding to the Fund´s FIRST WORK TRACK.
In the Fund´s SECOND WORK TRACK, technical assistance initiatives managed by institutions of the Chilean Government of United Nations bodies with a presence in Chile have produced a positive impact.
In its THIRD WORK TRACK, the Chile Fund has responded quickly to request for humanitarian aid.
The establishment of the Chile Fund was accompanied by an energetic commitment to assist victims of emergencies world-wide.
The object of the Fund is to provide a quick response to help people living in areas affected by natural or man-made disasters, regardless of their nationality, religion, gender, sexual identity or ethnic origin.