Investing in the SDGs: From Rhetoric to Reality

A time to act - Season One Episode 02

Published on October 7, 2020

World leaders have made ambitious commitments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, securing enough resources remains a major challenge, with developing countries facing a gap estimated between US$ 2.5 to 3 trillion per year. What’s more, with governments and markets facing the massive financial challenge of helping countries address the immediate socio-economic impact of Covid-19, private capital will play a critical role in both addressing these needs and financing paths towards achievement of the SDGs.

Organized at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, a discussion on how the Joint SDG Fund can contribute to closing the financing gap to achieve the SDGs in developing countries by bringing together the UN system and the private sector. The Joint SDG Fund showcases its role in SDG Financing, that aims to support key initiatives that can leverage public and private financing to advance the SDGs.


Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

Ms. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados

Ms. Carin Jämtin, Director General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Mr. David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group

Mr. Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive Officer, PIMCO

Mr. Bill Tai, Co-Founder of ACTAI Global and ExtremeTechChallenge

Moderated by Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA