Trust Fund contributes to good governance

  • Last updated: 21 Aug. 2008 15:07

NATO launched a Trust Fund to build integrity and promote best practices in defence establishments on 1 July 2008. The official agreements were signed at the Alliance’s headquarters by NATO Deputy Secretary General and representatives of the three lead nations - Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

This is the first trust fund project aimed at providing practical support to defence institution building. It involves building integrity courses for civilian and military personnel which will be offered on a trial basis at the United Kingdom Defence Academy, the NATO School in Germany and The Peace Support Operations Training Centre in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The training also includes the development of a self assessment tool, which will be completed by the end of the year, and the publication of a handbook to promote best practices early next year. 

This project has been developed in close consultation with Partnership for Peace (PfP) training centres and representatives of other international organizations.  In addition to supporting PfP priorities, this project will also help nations to meet their obligations within the UN framework, including the implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

The PfP Trust Fund policy was first established by the North Atlantic Council in 2000. Since then more than 40 million euros have been contributed to projects focusing primarily on the safe destruction of excess stockpiles of arms and munitions and retraining of surplus personnel.