NewsJoint Responsibilities in a World of Disarray: New Financing the UN Development System Report

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The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office are partnering since the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation in 2016 with the production of the annual United Nations Development System (UNDS) Financing Report.

The eighth edition is published when the United Nations system is coping with multiple complex challenges, including recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts and climate crises.

The report brings together data, analysis and expert voices with the latest on UN financing and how this can impact the achievement of SDGs. Its goal is to support policy makers, researchers, the general public and all stakeholders interested in improving their understanding of how the UN is financed to better support their shared goal

The 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.

The 2022 edition is also hosted on a specialised microsite as an interactive online version featuring data visualisations where readers can explore the latest financial flows in depth, can access data and graphs and can navigate a “marketplace of ideas” presented in different editions of the report.

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Visit the Financing the UNDS data portal

Video of the launch  Powerpoint presentation used during the launch
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