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Financement des ODD

Filling the gap and reorienting public and private investment towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Why SDG Financing?

World leaders have made ambitious commitments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, securing enough resources remains a major challenge, with developing countries facing a gap estimated between US$2.5–3 trillion per year. Financing is theoretically available, given the size, scale and level of sophistication of the global financial system—with gross world product and global gross financial assets estimated at over US$85 trillion and US$ 200 trillion respectively.

While the world has never been as rich as it is today, financial flows and wealth, mostly private, do not (or cannot) reach the geographies and people that need them the most. There is no lack of opportunities to fill the gap and reorient public and private investment towards the SDGs. SDGs are being increasingly integrated into public budgets and development cooperation. Not only Governments, but also the financial markets and investors have positively reacted, by starting to demand and claim a stronger integration of the SDGs in public and private investment decisions. Despite opportunities, bottlenecks, and intensified risks—from vulnerability to climate change and economic recessions to health epidemics—persist. Most private investments are still not channeled towards sustainable development at the scale and speed required.

    Crafting a UN Systemic Response

    The UN Joint Fund aims to close the financing gap to achieve the SDGs in developing countries through systemic action by the UN system. This work is fully aligned with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, while interventions are guided by the Secretary-General’s Strategy and Road Map for Financing the 2030 Agenda.

    The Fund is committed to forge paths and partnerships that unlock public and private capital for the SDGs at scale. The work on SDG Financing is structured around two components:

    • Reinforce the SDG financing architecture (Component 1): The Fund supports the development of financing strategies and enabling frameworks for SDG investment.
    • Catalyze strategic investments (Component 2): The Fund will support key initiatives that can leverage public and private financing to advance the SDGs.

    The Fund operates through open calls for proposals. The 1st Call for a total envelope of $US100 million was closed on March 31, 2020. Download call documents here and read our blog celebrating its launch here.

    In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis 258 proposals were submitted from +100 countries, reflecting a UN systemic response to accelerate the achievements of the SDGs at the time of COVID-19. They all aim to contribute to a future that is more sustainable, climate-resilient, and inclusive.



    An integrated national financing framework (INFF) helps countries strengthen planning processes and overcome existing impediments to financing sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the country level. It lays out the full range of financing sources – domestic and international sources of both public and private finance – and allows countries to develop a strategy to increase investment, manage risks and achieve sustainable development priorities, as identified in a country’s national sustainable development strategy.


    Portfolio Overview

    Country Joint Programme Title
    Angola Impact Angola Catalytic Financing
    Barbados Blue Invest: A facility for Caribbean SIDS' Financial Expansion
    Bolivia Green, Social and Gender Investments for Sustainable Development in a post Covid-19 Recovery Context in Bolivia
    Cambodia CLEAN – Innovative Climate Adaptation & mitigation financing mechanism
    Egypt Catalyzing private investments for a green and competitive Egyptian economy
    Fiji Investing in Coral Reefs and the Blue Economy
    Ghana Innovative Financing to rapidly improve sustainable basic sanitation and waste management in Ghana
    Indonesia Driving Public and Private Capital Towards Green and Social Investments in Indonesia
    Iraq Sustainable Communities: Eco-Innovative gender responsive Economic Growth
    Jamaica Financing the SDGs: Jamaica's Innovative Outcome Fund
    Jordan Investing in SDG Acceleration
    Kazakhstan SDG Finance Accelerator
    Kenya UN Kenya Champions operationalization of world's first Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Development Impact Bond
    Libya Public -Private-Community Partnership for Solid Waste Management
    Madagascar Unlocking Sustainable and Structural Investments for an Inclusive and green Development of Madagascar Joint Programme
    Malawi "Build" Malawi Window under the Build Fund
    Mexico Innovative financing schemes for climate resilience, gender equality and the creation of green jobs, aimed at strengthening the agro-industry and the social economy in the South-Southeast region of Mexico
    Moldova Climate Investment and Innovation Fund Program in Moldova
    North Macedonia Green Financing Facility to Improve Air Quality and Combat Climate Change in North Macedonia
    Papua New Guinea Investing in Coral Reefs and the Blue Economy
    Rwanda A Thousand Health Posts in the Land of a Thousand Hills: Promoting Universal Health Coverage by Catalyzing Investments in Financially and Environmentally Sustainable Primary Health Care
    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka SDG Programmatic Bond
    Sudan Solar Revolution for Transforming Lives through National Solar Fund Scheme
    Suriname The Accelerator for Agriculture and Agroindustry Development and Innovation Plus (3ADI+): Sustainable Pineapple Value Chain Development
    Uganda Accelerating Innovative Finance for Renewable Energy in Social Sectors and UN operations in Uganda
    Uruguay Innovative Finance for Clean Tech Solutions in Uruguay's Renewable Energy Sector: The Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF)
    Zambia Zambia Tobacco Control Social Impact Bond (TSIB)
    Zimbabwe Catalyzing Investments in Climate and Sustainable Energy for productive use and the Achievement of SDGs in Zimbabwe


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