Past Event

Building on synergies and exploring financing options for effective implementation of the SDGs

11 July 2018 13:15–14:30

Conference Room 3, UN Conference Building, New York

The Government of Ghana and the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme co-host a Side Event at the UN High-level Political Forum on building on synergies and exploring financing options for effective implementation of the SDGs.

Enormous resources will be needed to implement the SDGs, so a key question is how to achieve them efficiently?  Research is beginning to show that many goals can be achieved at the same time by taking advantage of “synergies” among them and by avoiding trade-offs. This has a high potential for saving resources which would be a major payoff to countries confronted with the high costs of implementing the SDGs.

However, realising these savings will require a cross-cutting approach to the goals which will necessitate not only research but also a re-thinking of conventional development financing and of the strategies for achieving the global goals. Join our panel discussion about actions that take advantage of positive connections among the SDGs and that encourage innovative financing to achieve them.


Prof Gyan Baffour, Minister for Planning, Government of GhanaProf Joseph Alcamo, Director, Sussex Sustainability Research ProgrammeDr Bediako, Director General, National Development Planning Commission, Government of GhanaMrs Ghartey, Chief Economic Officer, Ministry of Finance, Government of GhanaPierre Boileau, UN Environment, Director Global Environment Outlook,Paula Caballero, Managing Director, World Resources Institute (TBC)

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