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Will Innovative Finance Tackle the Sustainable Development Goals and Save the Planet?

The world is halfway to the 2030 deadline of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As challenges abound, a crucial issue needs attention: how to foot the bill.

There is a sense of urgency in the world of international development this year. The Annual Meeting of the UN General Assembly is slated for September.

That will mark the halfway point counting down towards the 2030 deadline set for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations unveiled in 2015.

Comprising 17 different themes, the SDGs spell out a comprehensive agenda to “bring peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”.

The Goals address a broad range of issues vital to continued global progress, including access to health and education, gender equity, inclusive economic opportunity and climate action.

At the same time, this year’s United Nations Climate Change conference – COP28 – is much anticipated. The hope is that with the UAE as host, progress will be stepped up from last year and a wider range of participants, particularly private sector actors, will be persuaded to join.

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This oped first appeared in on July 20th, 2023.