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Review of Goals / Thematic review: SDG 17 Investing in and financing for SDGs
Thursday, 13 July 2017
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

SDG 17 calls for strengthening the “means of implementation” and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. This cross-cutting goal is elaborated by 19 targets in the areas of finance, technology, capacity-building, trade, and systemic issues. The present session will focus on the investment and financing elements of SDG 17. It will build on the inter-governmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development in 2017 (A/RES/70/1, §86). It will discuss - in an integrated way - progress towards the goal and high-impact actions for the coming years. It will also explore questions of policy and institutional coherence among multiple stakeholders and across the means of implementation. Successful, innovative financing approaches and ways to measure SDG progress will be presented, with experts from a range of sectors exploring different perspectives on existing initiatives, challenges, opportunities and emerging issues.

Proposed Guiding Questions

  • What is your vision for investing in and financing for the SDGs in 2030 and beyond? Which policies, approaches and institutional solutions have worked best in your country? What are the greatest opportunities and challenges that we face today? What should be the role of international cooperation in this regard?
  • What are your top three recommendations for high-impact actions by the United Nations system, governments, businesses, scientists, civil society and others, in the areas of investing in and financing for the SDGs?
  • What steps are required to facilitate the implementation of the Financing for Development outcomes, especially the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the outcome of the 2017 ECOSOC FfD Forum?

Presiding Officer:

  • H.E. Mr. Nabeel Munir, Vice-president of Economic and Social Council

Keynote speakers:

  • H.E. Mr. Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations


  • Dr. Manuel F. Montes, Senior Advisor on Finance and Development, the South Centre

Statistical Snapshot


  • H.E. Mr. Gebeyehu Ganga, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations
  • Mr. Peter Adriaens, CEO of Equarius Risk Analytics LLC, co-founder and CEO of KeyStone Compact Group Ltd., Director and Head Judge of Global CleanTech Cluster Association (GCCA), USA
  • H.E. Ms. Kajsa Olofsgård, Ambassador for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Lead discussant:

  • Ms. Chee Yoke Ling, Director of Programmes, Third World Network, Malaysia

Interactive discussion

South Africa
Sri Lanka
United Nations