The United Nations Joint SDG Fund activated a Development Emergency Modality to respond to the unfolding global food, energy, and financing crises. The war in Ukraine set in motion a three-dimensional crisis that is producing alarming cascading effects on a world economy already battered by COVID-19 and climate change.

$ 22.9 m
Total Investment
UN Country Teams
Countries and Territories


The Joint SDG Fund activated US$ 22.9 million, under the guidance of the United Nations Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG) to support 87 UN country teams covering over 100 countries and territories, in response to the global crisis. Through this process, the Fund received 83 joint proposals, requesting up to US$ 250,000 per UN country teams and US$ 400,000 per Multi-Country Offices.

To date, the Fund has distributed US$ 16.6 million to 63 UN country teams. 


"UN Country Teams are using the Development Emergency Modality of the Joint SDG Fund to help governments devise strategic interventions to cope with the multi-dimensional crisis in food, energy, and finance, and accelerate the transformation of food systems."

Amina Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General

Why Development Emergency

In full alignment with the guidance of the United Nations Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG) on Food, Energy and Finance, the Joint SDG Fund’s Development Emergency rapidly funds United Nations development work to help countries address socio-economic, food, energy and fuel crises and help prevent further derailing of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in vulnerable countries across the globe.


Our Approach

In its rapid investments, the Fund supports United Nations country teams under the leadership of Resident Coordinators - to enable UN teams to move quickly to generate analytics around the crisis and work with Governments and partners. It is a rapid avenue for donors and development partners to offer fast and flexible seed financing for a period of one year in response to the three-dimensional crisis.


“We are impressed by the speed of the Development Emergency Modality’s disbursements and the broad integration of many different agencies into this ambitious undertaking. We are proud to contribute to the Emergency Modality a further US$ 2.7 million from Germany, earmarked to support food security.”

Bärbel Kofler
Parliamentary Secretary of State of Germany’s Ministry of Development Cooperation

The Triple Crisis


Food prices have never been higher. If unaddressed, global food insecurity will result in famine and destabilization, and mass migration around the world. Interventions will provide support to address immediate food security and nutrition impact and longer-term policy and financing solutions for driving resilient foods systems.


High energy prices disproportionally affect the poor and most vulnerable. Interventions would aim to enhance access to affordable energy and reducing the impact of soaring prices for households and businesses and dependency on fossil fuels.


The increased volatility in financial markets pose serious threats to developing countries and could halt progress on the SDGs. Policy interventions that can offset the impact of the crisis will be supported, like expanding social protection programmes and increasing the cost-efficiency of the financing architecture in the most impacted countries.

The GCRG interventions targeted by the Joint SDG Fund are good long term investments - strengthening social protection, analysing scenarios of financial distress and adapting energy transition efforts. All of which, will lower future humanitarian costs in a crisis of this scale.

Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Joint SDG Fund operations are possible because of support from United Nations Member States, international organizations, the private sector, and philanthropic individuals. Together, we will defeat the triple crisis and create an unstoppable force in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Actions to Rescue the SDGs

The Joint SDG Fund has made US$ 240 million in commitments to 200 joint programmes implemented by 25 UN entities covering 109 UN country teams and Multi-Country Offices.

Mirroring the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda, the Fund contributes to all 17 SDGs with some two-thirds of the funds focusing on Goals 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 5 (gender equality), 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnerships). Including 60% of commitments are allocated to vulnerable countries. 

Main Contacts
Lisa Kurbiel
Head of Secretariat
Heew (Heewoong) Kim
Reporting & Evaluation Manager
Vittoria Gemelli
Associate Expert
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