FAFA for UN Agencies

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As regards the Agencies of the United Nations, the framework agreement EC/UN, the FAFA, signed on 29 April 2003 by Deputy Secretary General Fréchette and Commissioner Nielson, fixes the general legal framework for the relations between the Commission and these organisations in the domain of humanitarian aid.

The UN bodies and agencies signatories to the financial and administrative framework agreement (FAFA) are :

WFP - World Food Programme
UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF – United Nations Children's Fund
FAO – United Nations Food and Agriculture organization
UNRWA – United Nations Relief and Works Agency
OCHA – Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
WHO – World Health Organization
UNOPS- United Nations Office for Project Services
PAHO – Pan American Health Organization
UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
UNISDR – United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund
HABITAT – United Nations Centre for Human Settlements
UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation
UNMAS – United Nations Mine Action Service
UNWOMEN – UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

Financial and administrative framework agreement (FAFA)

The Financial and administrative framework agreement (FAFA):

  • establishes a general legal framework applicable to all subsidiary (contribution-specific) agreements &
  • helps define the European Commission's role connected to the evaluation and verification of EU-funded actions.
  • applies to all contribution-specific agreements between the Commission and the UN Agencies signed after 29 April 2003;
  • replaces the 9 August 1999 “Agreement between the United Nations and the European Community on the principles applying to the financing or co-financing by the Community of programmes and projects administered by the United Nations”.

Financial and administrative framework agreement (FAFA) – full text

Contribution-specific agreements – templates & guidelines

Contribution-specific agreements and related special and general conditions govern individual agreements between the EU and the UN. The EU has also drawn up a standard form for submitting humanitarian aid funding proposals and reports ('the single form') and related guidance documentation to facilitate the implementation of humanitarian aid actions.



  • Single form guidelines practical advice on completing the single form for humanitarian aid actions
  • ECHO-UN Guidance this document offers a synthesis of the rules and guidance applicable to the UN when implementing humanitarian aid actions funded by the EU.

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