FFD3_logo_vertical-hires_websiteTo ensure sustainable development for all, a multi-faceted finance framework is needed, including inputs from domestic, international, public and private sources. The arrowheads in the logo represent this multi-stakeholder Financing for Development process, Wu said, while “the sun implies the outcome of the Conference, including a comprehensive financing framework and concrete deliverables.”

The newly-launched website (www.un.org/ffd3) will play an important role “as the main online information platform for the Conference,” Wu added, clarifying that it will contain “substantive and organizational information, materials and documents regarding the host country, the Conference venue, the preparatory process, the Conference programme and the outcome document”.

Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information also addressed delegates at the Financing for Development drafting session, providing the bigger picture on public and media outreach planned ahead of the upcoming Conference. The meeting in Addis Ababa is “a major milestone” in a critical year, she said, positioning Conference communications in the context of the UN’s flagship “2015: Time for Global Action” campaign.

Outlining the next steps for Financing for Development outreach, Gallach mentioned the production of multilingual posters, banners and promotional materials, the engagement of global media outlets, and collaboration with the international network of 63 United Nations Information Centres. “Our aim is to ensure that the message reaches every corner of the world,” she said.

H.E. Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative for Ethiopia, emphasized that “Addis is ready,” explaining that the logistical preparations for the meeting are already well underway and that it will be “a great honour and privilege” for Ethiopia to host high-level delegates from around the world in July.

The current drafting session of the Addis Ababa Accord will continue in New York until 17 April, with the third and final drafting session taking place in the same location from 15 to 19 June. From 13 to 16 July, countries will gather at the third International Conference on Financing for Development at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, to help unlock public and private resources and direct long-term investments that deliver results.

Source: United Nations 2015 Time for Global Action website