Panel discussion

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 18:30 - 20:00

Financing the United Nations Development System

Co-organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Programme for the Study of International Governance

Room S8, Maison de la paix, Graduate Institute, Geneva

The ambition and breadth of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents an extraordinary opportunity for the United Nations Development System (UNDS) to reaffirm its role and relevance in a rapidly changing world. Doing so requires bold reform of the UNDS, particularly relating to a financing system that is fit for purpose and aligned to Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Yet, it is far from clear what the appetite is for financing reform and which reforms should be prioritised. A robust and probing debate is needed if the UNDS is to emerge with a serious financing reform package.

This report on financing the UNDS seeks to contribute to this debate by gauging the major trends, opportunities and challenges around financing in the UNDS. Some 25 individual expert contributors cover a range of critical issues facing the UNDS, including the financing dimensions of UN Reform, the implementation of Agenda 2030, the sustaining peace agenda, and the role of the UN in leveraging and going to scale.

Download the full report.

Presentation by co-authors:

  • Bruce Jenks, Senior Advisor, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
  • Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator, UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office
  • Careen Abb, Programme Manager, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative


  • Cecilia Cannon, Head of Research, Programme for the Study of International Governance, Graduate Institute


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