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

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

Publication details

Title: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 a significant challenge: how best to support and complement multilateral responses to the pandemic. The situation is grave and presents 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 significant future trends. 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.

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Report release online

The report release online featuring the following speakers:

Ambassador Anna-Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations

Ambassador Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations

Bruce Jenks, Senior Advisor, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

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

Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution

Moderator: Henrik Hammargren, Executive Director, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation