Financing the SDGs: Mobilising Finance for Sustainable Development



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United Nations System Staff College

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5 days
25 hours
Bonn, Germany
2500 USD
Start date
29 October 2019
End date
1 November 2019
Registration deadline
14 October 2019

Course summary

This course is designed to equip UN staff, private sector representatives as well as key partners with knowledge and skills to engage in and catalyse the development and implementation of sustainable financing strategies and mobilising public and private investments for the SDGs.

About this course

Despite growing momentum for sustainable development investments, financing gaps remain large. The mobilization of both public and private resources and investments falls far short of what is needed. National governments are taking the lead and are working to unlock the large levels of financing necessary to implement the 2030 Agenda. According to the Secretary-General’s High Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, actions need to focus on three broad areas: first, increasing domestic resource mobilization to create a sound fiscal base for public investments in the SDGs; second, creating enabling environments to catalyse private investments; and third, enhancing international cooperation to support these domestic efforts.

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda calls for innovative sources of finance. It is critical to build up capacities of Member States to mobilise domestic resources, including through tax reform, good governance and creating an enabling environment for investment and entrepreneurship. This must be accompanied by a stronger commitment to fight tax evasion, money laundering and illicit financial flows.

The United Nations has a critical role in supporting the mobilization of finance for sustainable development. The Secretary-General’s Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2018 – 2021) sets out the key elements of this role, and the actions the United Nations will take to help accelerate and deepen the transformation of financial systems to provide development finance efficiently.

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Target audience

UN staff: Programme and Policy Specialists engaged in financing for the SDGs, Coordination Officers, Financing and Partnership Specialists and Officers.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the development finance landscape;
  • Be aware of approaches and catalytic actions to support the development and implementation of sustainable financing strategies;
  • Be able to identify possible sources of finance and demonstrate an enhanced understanding of strategies to mobilise public and private resources and investments for SDGs