Financing for Development: The How of the Sustainable Development Goals
The year 2015 is an important one for international cooperation. We’ve written earlier on what we call Quadruple or Quits – four interlinked international negotiations that could make or break cooperation on development for the coming years: the Financing for Development summit in July, the UN Summit in September, and the UNFCCC and WTO ministerial meetings in December.
Two of those summits are on the horizon. The UN summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September will determine the what of the SDGs. Just prior to that, the Financing for Development summit in Addis Ababa in July will determine many of the hows of the SDGs.
CIC Senior Fellow Alex Evans writes in The Guardian that what happens in Addis in July will be crucial to the success of the SDGs and there is enormous potential on a wide range of issues. He warns, “Yet, if Addis disappoints, the fallout could be extensive…threatening a cascading failure that could damage prospects for international cooperation on defining global issues for a decade.”
Read Evans’ ideas for avoiding this scenario in his article, Who’s going to cough up the cash to meet global poverty targets?