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High-Level SDG Financing Lab

18 April 2017


As part of his SDG Action Events to push for momentum on SDG implementation across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on 18 April 2017, the President of the General Assembly is convening a high-level SDG Financing Lab.

This one-day event will highlight the critical importance of sustainable finance for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, including climate action. It will focus on how to drive the transformation to align financial markets with sustainable development, as well as showcase concrete ways in which Member States can approach the financing of different SDGs.

Whereas the FFD Forum in May 2017 will review implementation of the entire Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA),  the overall objective of the PGA’s Financing Lab is to generate momentum for SDG implementation by growing support for the alignment of the global financial system with sustainable development and the SDGs, and strengthening the role of the UN in fostering sustainable finance, in line with Chapter II of the AAAA.

By providing a platform to take stock of what is currently being done in SDG Financing, the SDG Financing Lab aims to increase awareness among Member States of the significant business opportunities provided by the SDGs, and of different strategies to partner with the private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Lab will offer opportunities for interaction between Member States and private sector actors involved in SDG implementation, with a view to fostering new partnerships and implementation initiatives.

This one-day event will comprise an opening ceremony, to be followed by two panel discussions that will set the scene for thinking and action around SDG financing. The morning will be concluded with a high-level intergovernmental plenary debate. In the afternoon, three parallel workshops will showcase concrete approaches to financing specific groups of SDGs. A summary of the takeaways from each Workshop will be discussed in a final plenary session, which will be followed by a short closing segment.

The SDG Lab will be open to all Member States, as well as accredited civil society and private sector organizations. Public and private financial sector actors will also be invited. Member State participation at ministerial level is encouraged. Speakers will include government officials, UN system representatives, CEOs, investors, international organizations, as well as representatives from civil society and academia.


At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is facilitating a process to identify four civil society or social entrepreneur speakers, as well as stakeholders wishing to attend the event as observers.

Civil society or social entrepreneur speakers to be identified for the following four roles through this process:

  1. High-level Panelist for Interactive Panel Discussion on “Setting the scene – What will it take to finance the SDGs?”
  2. Workshop 1 – Building an inclusive and peaceful future for all (SDGs 1-5, 16)
  3. Workshop 2 – Fostering economic growth and development, building resilient infrastructure, and tackling inequality (SDGs 7-11)
  4. Workshop 3 – Protecting our world in the present and the future (SDGs 6, 12-15)

UN-NGLS will facilitate a stakeholder Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of the civil society and social entrepreneur candidates for the speaking roles, to be presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the speakers for this event.


22 March 2017 – Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee
23 March 2017 – Apply for stakeholder speaking roles
12 April 2017 – Apply to attend the event as an observer

All applications received to speak at the event, or attend as an observer can be viewed here 



6 July 2017

Summary – SDG Financing Lab

8 March 2017

Concept note and programme – SDG Financing Lab

10 February 2017

High-Level SDG Action Events



22 August 2017

Final Summary Report

13 April 2017

Logistics note

10 April 2017

SDG Financing Lab Programme with speakers [10 April 2017]

28 March 2017

Revised concept note and programme

17 March 2017

UN Environment Inquiry into the design of a sustainable financial system (website) / (latest report)

Links in the Chain of Sustainable Finance (website) / (full report)

New Climate Economy (website) / (Report 2016 Executive Summary)

Business and Sustainable Development Commission (website) / (Better Business, Better World Executive Summary)


Media Advisory



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18 April 2017
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