Since several developing and least developed countries are unable to bear the expenditure on travel/stay for Codex Meetings. FAO and WHO have set up a Codex Trust Fund (CTF) which is managed in a transparent manner by the Codex Trust Fund Secretariat in WHO.
The Trust Fund was launched in 2003 by Director-General FAO and WHO. The Fund is seeking US$40 million over a 12-year period to help developing countries and countries in transition to increase their participation in the vital work of the Commission. Fund operations are guided by an FAO/WHO Consultative Group consisting of senior FAO and WHO staff. Daily management of the Project and associated funding is implemented by WHO following normal WHO procedures, through its Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses and in close coordination with FAO, particularly regarding applicant review and identification and capacity building activities.
The CTF will now come to an end in December 2015. It will be followed by a successor initiative. More information about the CTF can be found at http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/trustfund/en/