Authors: Christopher Garroway and Chantal Line Carpentier
Progress on fulfilling the Financing for Sustainable Development Agenda is slower than ever. This publication considers constraints to financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addresses key obstacles: heightened geopolitical tensions around trade and technology, growing external debt amidst unresolved systemic issues; and unmet expectations about private-public collaboration for development finance. With adequate political will, there are opportunities to galvanize joint efforts. The UN's High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development in September 2019 as well as the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and World Investment Forum in 2020 together offer opportunities to assess new approaches for scaling up collective efforts finance the SDGs.