Overview of Third International Conference on Financing for Development

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Finding new financing is vital for sustaining health in the post-MDGs world

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.

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The Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Our Moment of Truth

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.

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Can We Finance the Sustainable Development Goals? Inaction Is Our Biggest Threat

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.

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Bringing the Social Compact to Life
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.

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Financing Sustainable Development: The Resources Are Already in the South

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.

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