Donations proposed by private individuals and non-governmental,
non-profit organizations or foundations (non-governmental donors) may
be considered. These may include donations of goods or services “in
kind”; however, secondment of staff from non-governmental donors to
the WTO is prohibited.
Donations from non-governmental donors which are for-profit
organizations or companies shall not be accepted.
The activities, aims and motivations of the non-governmental donors
mentioned under 1 above shall not be incompatible with the policies,
aims and activities of the WTO and, as mentioned above, shall not give
rise to a conflict of interest.
All proposed donations from non-governmental donors shall be notified
to the Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration which shall
promptly consider the proposals. The Director-General shall accept a
proposed donation only after the Committee has approved(1)
the proposed donation and its intended use(s). It is recognized that
the Committee may wish to consider establishing a subsidiary working
group to make recommendations to it relative to proposed donations.
All accepted donations from non-governmental donors shall be placed in
a single trust fund and be disbursed in an manner that takes into
account the broad objectives of the Committee on Trade and
Development, the Memorandum of Understanding Establishing the Global
Trust Fund and any additional modalities to be established for the
purpose of disbursing the resources of the trust fund.
Non-governmental donors shall be encouraged to make donations to the
trust fund at large. The non-governmental donor may specify one or
more activity associated with the WTO Programme for Technical
Cooperation or other WTO-sponsored capacity building and training
activities not covered by the regular budget supported training
programme as the purpose of the donation. More specific earmarking
shall be strongly discouraged by the WTO. Donations from
non-governmental donors covered by these guidelines may also be
utilized for other activities which Members may decide by consensus
should be supported through the trust fund.
Full details relative to all accepted donations from non-governmental
donors and their uses shall be entered into a public registry which
shall be readily accessible including through the WTO internet web
Donations shall not entitle non-governmental donors to use of the WTO
name or logo in any way.
The WTO Secretariat shall report regularly to the Committee on Budget,
Finance and Administration on the administration of the trust fund and
the actual use of the resources therein.
A review of these guidelines and any additional modalities established
for the purpose of their implementation shall be initiated by the
Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration not later than January
2003. The review shall be completed within twelve months of its