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ESG investing and returns

In their negotiation at the 2018 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) Member states agreed on several recommendations put forward by the Task Force, such as the recognition that proper interpretation of fiduciary duty for long-term investors should include all material impacts on returns that drive long-term performance of investments. They also called on the Task Force to further analyze, based on existing studies, the relationship between environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and returns.

Briefing on the Global Infrastructure Forum 2018

  • Date: Monday, 17 September 2018, 09:30 to 11:00
  • Location: Conference Room 11, UNHQ, New York

The briefing will inform Member States regarding the preparation for the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum, which is hosted this year by the Asian Development Bank and held in Bali, Indonesia on October 13, 2018.

New technologies and financing for development

New and emerging digital technologies have the potential to alleviate key constraints and market failures that impede sustainable development finance, such as weak contract enforcement, cumbersome administrative procedures, and paucity of information and data. They can contribute to reducing inefficiencies and to cost savings across the action areas of the Addis Agenda, but they also raise new challenges and risks for policymakers and regulators.


Press release and fact sheet: Financing for Development: Progress and Prospects 2018

Short-termism impedes progress of hundreds of millions of people

Major report released in advance of the G20 and World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings

NEW YORK, 13 April 2018 – The prospects of around 800 million of the world’s poorest people remain dire. The global economy is experiencing a moderate upturn, and momentum around sustainable investing is growing, the UN said today.

But the vast majority of investment is still short-term oriented and commitments by the international community to create sustainable economies are not being met.

Reader survey on the utilisation and reach of the Task Force's work

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The Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is carrying out a short survey related to the utilisation and reach of the report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development. We are pleased to invite you to take part in this online survey to help us improve communications related to the Task Force’s work. Please note that we also provide French and Spanish versions of the survey.

Inventory of quick-disbursing international instruments

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda urged Member States of the United Nations, international institutions, and all relevant stakeholders to work to prevent and reduce the risk and impact of financial crises, as well as to better prevent and manage risks from disasters. Member States committed to promoting innovative financing mechanisms to allow countries to better prevent and manage risks and develop mitigation plans.