The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) was established in March 1999 with the aim of promoting human security through the protection and empowerment of people and communities threatened in their survival, livelihood and dignity. Specifically, the Fund was to support activities undertaken by organizations in the United Nations system that ensure human security in such areas as poverty alleviation, environmental problems, transnational crimes, refugees, human rights, infectious diseases, anti-personnel landmines and children under armed conflicts.


Over the past 15 years, UNTFHS projects have covered a wide range of cross-cutting issues worldwide. While not exhaustive, the following are some of the areas covered by the UNTFHS:

  • Transition to peace and sustainable development in fragile and conflict-affected communities.
  • Protecting and empowering refugees, IDPs, economic migrants and others on the move.
  • Responding to the multidimensional consequences of climate-related threats.
  • Urban violence and its impact on health, education, economic, personal and community security.
  • Poverty reduction, social inclusion and community-based development in isolated areas.
  • Economic, environmental and social components of health-related insecurities.


The UNTFHS is managed by the Human Security Unit (HSU) of the United Nations

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The contribution of UNTFHS to the total budget of the HAYAT project is US$ 4,839,396.


For more information about the UNTFHS, its scope of work and management, please visit OCHA’s website: