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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners meet with significant demand for guidance on identifying and operationalizing financing solutions across many sectors and thematic areas. For example, the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is serving 30 countries to support the financing of national biodiversity strategies. The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is revising the role it has played in catalysing Aid for Trade in Least Developed Countries. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is pushing the readiness frontier for climate finance. This microsite is a response to our partners' requests for guidance on choosing and designing the appropriate financing solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This initiative is coordinated by the Sustainable Development Cluster of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. UNDP gratefully aknowledges the contributions, inputs and peer reviews provided by its partners: BIOFIN, Blue Finance, the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, the Conservation Finance Alliance, the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Social Finance USA, The United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP - Green Economy and Trade Branch), the World Health Organization, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-USA) and The Nature Conservancy (NatureVest).  

Latest blogs

  • Impact investment to close the SDG funding gap

    A look at the current state of development funding shows a stark contrast between the price tag to eliminate poverty and protect the planet by 2030, and the actual financial resources that are available. Impact investing can close this gap.Read more 

  • What does ‘risk-informed’ development finance really look like?

    How to tackle various forms of risk – from extreme weather events to commodity price shocks, disease outbreaks and over-indebtedness – was high on the agenda of the 2017 Financing for Development (FfD) Forum at the UN. it is unsurprising there is renewed interest in financial instruments and innovations designed to reduce vulnerability to risk – and to help countries cope when crises occur.Read more 

  • Not just more, but better – effective financing of the SDGs

    Bankrolling sustainable development cannot happen through global financing agendas alone, but should instead be built from a bottom-up, holistic and context-driven approach. As countries strive to manage increasingly complex financing flows at the national level, as domestic public and private resources increase, and as the sources of external resources diversify, we need urgent and targeted solutions.Read more 

  • Dollars and 'sense': Paying for our planet

    As it is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, it is worth noting the role biodiversity and ecosystems play as the backbone of tourism in many places, and the crucial role that the tourism sector can play in conserving biodiversity. This is undeniably a nexus to pursue, particularly for financing effective conservation. Read more 

  • To leave no one behind, Least Developed Countries need new financing tools

    Current domestic resources and ODA combined will be insufficient to finance the 2030 Agenda. Against this background, the 48 Least Developed Countries’ abilities to harness and make effective use of a broader suite of financing instruments to fund their sustainable development becomes a development imperative.Read more 

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