The rapidly transforming development finance landscape affects the UN Development System’s capacity to support an integrated approach, and to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Faced with the task of delivering on the agenda with limited resources, it is crucial for the United Nations to examine, deliberate, and determine how to achieve sustained development financing for longer-term support and create maximum impact.

To provide a platform where UN staff and partners can exchange knowledge and expertise to address this enormous challenge, the UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO), has partnered with the UN System Staff College (UNSSC), to launch the Funding to Financing Webinar Series on 31 January 2017. Watch the webinar here.

Kanni Wignaraja, Director of UNDOCO, and Yannick Glemarec, ASG of UN Women and Co-Chair of the UNDG Programme Working Group, opened the event and discussed what Funding to Financing is, why it is important and how we can achieve it. In attendance were 210 participants from UN headquarters and field offices.

“The United Nations is entrusted with approximately 48 billion USD per year through a variety of sources and means, representing 0.05% of the world’s economy. It is large in our world but it is a drop in what is really required in order to help an ambitious agenda, like the SDGs, and if all countries are to deliver on these goals”, said Ms. Wignaraja. She encouraged participants to articulate a vision for strategic financing, a critical issue in an evolving geopolitical environment.

Mr. Glemarec introduced the participants to the basic concepts of Funding to Financing, mapped the broad financial landscape, assessed the financing options and instruments, and presented examples of incentives to collective action and system-wide coherence.

Ms. Aida Ghazaryan of the UNSSC summarised key messages, and explained the complexities and opportunities of having multiple actors in development financing, and the types of support available to UN staff.

The complete schedule of the Funding to Financing webinar series is found below with registration links for each session. You may send questions pertaining to each session to All recorded webinars will be uploaded on Peer Talk, a platform for UN staff and stakeholders from academia, foundations, civil society and the private sector to join live webinars and ask senior UN officials in real-time.

Funding to Financing Webinar Series

  • Session 1: Funding to Financing: What is it? Why is it important? How do we do it?

       When: 31 January 2017, 8:30 a.m. EST

    Watch the full webinar here.
  • Session 2: How to calculate the full financing flows in your country

       This session will focus on understanding financing flows in a country. These include public, private, national and international sources. In order to use our resources to leverage, there is a need to have a strong understanding of what other resources are present. This session will introduce you to Development Finance Assessment, a tool which provides knowledge on financial flows and how to leverage resources. This tool has been rolled out in 16 countries of the Asia and Pacific and Africa Region. Regional Advisors implementing this approach and colleagues from Country Office who have benefitted from it will share practical tips.

       When: 14 February 2017, 8:30 a.m. EST

    Watch the full webinar here.  
  • Session 3: Leveraging UN resources and Innovation
    This session will take a close look at the idea of leverage. UN country colleagues who were successful in this area will present why they focused on leveraging, what they did to establish a partnership for results, how they were able to align a number of financing flows to deliver common results, and what the results have been over time.

    When: 28 February 2017, 8:30 a.m. EST

    Watch the full webinar here.
  • Session 4: UN Financing instruments, UN Pooled Funds and Financing Architectures

       This session will look at different financing instruments. In order to be as effective and efficient as possible, the UN needs to effectively partner and coordinate its financing with other actors. The UN Financing instruments such as voluntary core funding, assessed contributions, pooled and thematic funds, and project specific earmarked contributions will be discussed. Inter-agency pooled funds, thematic funds and vertical funds will also be presented. The second half of the webinar will focus on inter-agency pooled funds, their key advantages, and the different types of pooled funds used at country level.

       When: Tuesday 14th of March, 8:30 a.m. EST

    Watch the full webinar here.
  • Session 5: Resource Mobilisation

       This session will focus on resource mobilisation for the UN itself in the larger financing context. Various Country Offices will present successful joint resource mobilisation strategies. The issue of the current incentives in (joint) resource mobilisation and innovative approaches that have been developed by certain country offices will also be discussed.

       When: 28 March 2017, 8:30 a.m. EST

    Watch the full webinar here.

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