How is the United Nations funded?
Funding out of total ODA

The UN system continues to be not only the largest and fastest-growing channel for multilateral overseas development assistance, but the channel with the biggest share of earmarked funding. OECD-DAC countries contribute a higher proportion of earmarked funding to the UN system than they do to other multilateral institutions, such as the European Union, the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, and regional development banks. The proportion of earmarked UN funding from OECD-DAC countries has also grown substantially since 2010. In 2020, the UN received nearly US$ 28 billion in funding, of which 71% was earmarked, compared to 60% in 2011. UN entities’ traditional role in crisis and emergency responses is one of the factors behind the UN’s relatively large share of earmarked contributions.

ODA to the UN was US$ 28 billion in 2020
Figure 24
Channels of total multilateral assistance from OECD-DAC countries, 2011-2020 (US$ billion)

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)