Overview of Third International Conference on Financing for Development
by Margaret Chan – World Health Organization Director-General
Health is central to ending poverty between now and 2030. Good health is a precondition for poverty alleviation, but it is also an indicator and outcome of progress towards that goal. Health is thus an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
by Julia Gillard – Board Chair, Global Partnership for Education
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development hosted by the Government of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in mid-July is not only the penultimate gathering of the global education community in its quest for consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals.
It is also a moment of truth for the purpose we profess to share, and whether we will rise to the ambition behind the goals we deeply want to set.
by Erik Solheim, Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee
Today the world is more prosperous and peaceful than at any other time in human history. The multilateral system has been central to the success stories behind this progress, from the post-war reconstruction of Europe to the eradication of smallpox and the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Though there are deficiencies in the multilateral system, it works. Today – as we face challenges that are bigger and more urgent than ever before – this system needs to work better than ever.
by Homi Kharas and John McArthur, Brookings Institution
The new “final draft” agreement for the Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development includes a seminal affirmation of the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as “global in nature and universally applicable to all countries,” while taking into account each country’s unique context, policies, and priorities. This builds on the Group of Seven’s recent summit communique, which likewise asserted the universal nature of the goals.
by Yves Guicquéro, Head of International Partnerships at Agence Française de Développement
In July, in Addis Ababa, the world’s States will define a financing strategy to meet the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The resources allocated to development by developed countries will not be sufficient to finance this new agenda. There is one solution in order to achieve the SDGs: use part of ODA to leverage the domestic resources available in the South.