Executive Summary: Financing the UN Development System: Time to Walk the Talk (2020)

This is the Executive Summary of the sixth annual report on financing the UN development system, which is produced by the Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.

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Title:Executive Summary: Financing the UN Development System: Time to Walk the Talk (2020)
Type:Financing the UN Development System
Author:Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office

The landscape of global affairs has dramatically shifted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN development system now faces significant challenges in sustaining its budget. The situation is grave, with the pandemic throwing up serious obstacles to multilateralism.

This year’s Financing the United Nations Development System report has been produced in full recognition that the effects of the pandemic demand humility, and with an acceptance of the need to prepare for the unknown. The financial data provide an important benchmark for understanding the quality and quantity of UN financing when the pandemic struck.

The report is divided into three parts. Part One examines the UN’s financial ecosystem, including revenues and expenditures for 2018, and addresses data-quality issues. As always, the intention is to let the figures, tables and graphs speak for themselves where possible. The online version also allows interaction with the data through a series of data visualisations.

In Parts Two and Three, contributors from within and outside the UN system reflect on the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals, and on embracing the UN reform. By walking the talk, Member States can ensure that the UN is properly financed to facilitate building back, and leaves no one behind.

Read the full report