UN Talks: Securing financial pathways to Agenda 2030 during COVID-19

With only ten years left to achieve the SDGs, challenges related to climate change, poverty, displacement, violence and conflict require urgent action and a multilateral approach.

Event details

Date:12 October 2020
Time:3-4.30 pm
Venue:Zoom webinar

The humanitarian, health, social, political and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are complicating difficult decisions on multilateral financing as states seek to evaluate how to balance national needs with commitments to prevent development losses. Using Sweden as an example, this UN Talks seminar explored a number of difficult decisions on development resources and their allocation, with a focus on demonstrating leadership under challenging circumstances.

The seminar explored a number of key questions. How might bilateral and multilateral flows be respectively impacted as development financing shrinks? Beyond reductions associated with the contracting GDP, what other factors are likely to effect ODA levels in the coming year? How could major changes in development financing impact on Swedish civil society organisations and the people they work with? As an important contributor to development financing and a longstanding advocate for international cooperation, how should Sweden support the multilateral system in the wake of the COVID crisis?



Sigrún Rawet
Head of Department, Agenda 2030, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Jennifer Topping
Executive Coordinator, UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office

Åsa Thomasson
Policy Coordinator, CONCORD

Moderator: Henrik Hammargren
Executive Director, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

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UN Talks

This seminar is the seventh in the #UNTalks series, jointly organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Sweden with the aim to contribute to critical reflection and deeper understanding of the role and work of the United Nations.

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