Executive Summary – Financing the United Nations Development System: Current Trends and New Directions

This is the Executive Summary of the annual report on financing the UN Development System produced by the foundation and the UN MPTF Office.


The UN Development System has a considerable task ahead: playing its part in fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Adequate, long-term and predictable financing is at the very heart of realising Agenda 2030, which strives to achieve 17 universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will require both traditional and new approaches to be leveraged, catalytic connectors across the UN system to be strengthened, and an openness to innovative financing.

In 2014 the resources of the UN system amounted to $48 billion from a wide spectrum of sources and through different financing mechanisms. Analysing the characteristics and potential of these contributions and mechanisms is critical to ensure a better and smarter resourced UN Development System in the implementation of Agenda 2030.

This paper tackles this endeavour and is the Executive Summary of the full report with the same name, available here.