Ecuador Yasuni ITT Trust Fund contributions to be fully reimbursed

07 Nov 2013

On 2 September the Government of Ecuador formally notified the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that it had brought the Yasuní ITT initiative to an end. Subsequently, on 8 October the Trust Fund’s Steering Committee agreed that the Trust Fund would reimburse all contributions received. The Yasuní ITT Trust Fund Steering Committee is responsible for the strategic focus and supervision of the Fund, and is composed of representatives from the Government of Ecuador, contributing governments, and Ecuadorian civil society.

UNDP, in its role of Trust Fund manager, welcomes the decision taken by the Government to enable the full reimbursement of all contributions.

The liquidation mechanisms agreed by the Steering Committee of Ecuador’s Yasuní ITT trust are:

  • Reimbursement of 100 percent of all contributions;
  • Contributors will have the option to reinvest all or part of their contributions in development programmes and projects in Ecuador;
  • A six month timeframe has been set for the complete liquidation of the ITT Yasuní Trust Fund.

UNDP, through its Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), is in charge of contacting contributors to inform them about the reimbursement mechanism or, if preferred, the option to reinvest in development programmes and projects in Ecuador.

UNDP and the UN family stress their commitment to continue working with the people of Ecuador and its Government to promote sustainable human development, protect biodiversity and the environment, and guarantee human rights.