UN Talks on Securing Financial Pathways to Agenda 2030 during COVID-19

6 October 2020

Webinar via Zoom at 15:00 - 16:30 CET on Monday, October 12 2020

With only ten years left to achieve the Global Goals, challenges related to climate change, poverty, displacement, violence and conflict require urgent action and a multilateral approach. Meanwhile, the Coronavirus pandemic’s humanitarian, health, social, political and economic impacts are complicating difficult decisions on multilateral financing as States try to evaluate how to balance national needs with commitments to prevent development losses. Using Sweden as an example, this seminar explores difficult decisions on development resources and their allocation with a focus on demonstrating leadership under challenging circumstances.

How might bilateral and multilateral flows be respectively impacted as development financing shrinks? Beyond reductions associated with the contracting GDP, what other factors are likely to effect ODA levels in the coming year? How could major changes in development financing impact on Swedish civil society organisations and the people they work with? As an important contributor to development financing and a longstanding advocate for international cooperation, how should Sweden support the multilateral system in the wake of the COVID crisis?

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  • Sigrún Rawet, Head of Department, Agenda 2030, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 
  • Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator, UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office
  • Åsa Thomasson, Policy Coordinator, CONCORD

Moderator: Henrik Hammargren, Executive Director, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

The seminar is the eigth in a series of #UNtalks, jointly organized by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Sweden with the aim to contribute to critical reflection and deeper understanding of the role and work of the United Nations.