The eighth annual Financing the United Nations Development System report calls on all to accept moving forward and take on their Joint Responsibilities in a World of Disarray. Ongoing conflicts and war, threatening starvation, the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis plunging many countries into extreme heatwaves, runaway fires are all issues to be addressed with the support of the United Nations Development System (UNDS).
Part One is an analysis of the UN funding with the latest data, system overview and translation of ambitions into action whilst lifting areas of progress, action and lessons learnt. The UNDS received US$ 42 billion in 2020, an increase of 16% compared to 2019. More money is needed to fulfil the mandates and secure Sustainable Development Goals results for peace, prosperity, people and the planet.
Part Two reviews key data, providing an overview of how funding is used and highlights areas for funding or resource redirection. Examples are human development, environmental protections, gender-based violence and the need for global upscaling in along with the expectations, including listing achievements and actions needed to meet the SDGs delivery.
Part Three A revisits the Funding Compact and highlights positive trends on the availability of assessed contributions. In the concluding three articles Part Three B provides tangible recommendations on how to position development projects on longer-term scaling pathways, including systematic handovers that enable continued scaling at project end. Also spotlighted is the convergence between development finance and private finance. The report ends with key takeaways from the UN high-level meeting on financing for peacebuilding and the various roundtables leading up to it.