A major task for policy-makers in financing the 2030 Agenda will be to devise financing solutions to attract and direct investments to areas where greater co-benefits and multiplier effects can be achieved. This online platform provides guidance to review and operationalize those financing solutions needed to implement sustainable development strategies - a national development plan, the country's biodiversity strategy or Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions.

WHAT DOES THE PLATFORM DO?

The development of the domestic financial sector and the integration of local, national, regional and international markets have increased the number of options the public and private sector can choose from to invest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This platform offers a compass to navigate across those options or financing solutions. It describes their potential, advantages, disadvantages, risks and characteristics. It profiles case studies and refers to external sources, including e-learning and advanced guidance material. The importance of investing in sustainable development is highlighted in the video below.

HOW CAN SOLUTIONS BE SEARCHED?

The search menu on the right column helps to navtigate across the different financing tools, instruments and strategies. You can search for the financial result(s) to achieve, the financial instrument(s) used, and the relevant sector(s) or Sustainable Development Goal(s). All solutions are also listed alphabetically in the "Solutions" section. For additional information on the search and tagging system please visit the "How to use this platform" section.

This website is a BETA VERSION. Suggestions and contributions are welcome at fs.sd@undp.org.

The platform is guided by three overaching principles:

  • Efficiency: public and private finance must be used catalytically. That is, to plan wisely, allocate resource for results and leverage multiple sources of finance.
  • Effectiveness: finance solutions should not be framed in silos. They should be combined to deliver multiple economic, social and environmental benefits and be risk-informed.
  • Equity: countries and people need to fairly participate and benefit. The financial market and the multiplication of financial flows have largely benefitted a fewer economies, sectors, and groups.

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