Financing the UN Development System: Time for Hard Choices

This is the fifth annual report on financing the UN development system produced by the Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.

Publication details

Publication:Financing the UN Development System: Time for Hard Choices
Type:Financing the UN Development System
Author:The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office

This is a report about hard choices ahead of us. Choices that governments, leaders, investors and citizens need to make about when and how to fund a multilateral approach to address today’s most stubborn and urgent global development challenges– climate change, health, migration, armed conflict and inequality. The case for a multilateral approach needs to be based on evidence that shows effectiveness and impact in addressing these challenges.

The overall ambition of this fifth annual report, Financing the United Nations Development System, is to advance the quality of this evidence-based debate and to expand the marketplace of ideas related to the United Nations and development financing. It showcases the complex funding dynamics of the UN development system and its role in spurring greater and more diverse financing flows for the 2030 Agenda.

With a firm platform of data and a strong portfolio of ideas presented in this report, we hope that when hard decisions are made – bilateral, multilateral or other – they will deliver on our shared goals.

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Video from the launch event

This report was launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York 6 September 2019. Here is the video of the launch of the report: