In August 2014 the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) released its final report which will serve as a basis for the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis Report which is due to be published in November 2014.


The ICESDF was mandated by the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, to “assess financing needs, consider the effectiveness, consistency and synergies of existing instruments and frameworks, and evaluate additional initiatives, with a view to preparing a report proposing options on an effective sustainable development financing strategy to facilitate the mobilization of resources and their effective use in achieving sustainable development objectives.”

CONCORD’s Financing for Development Task Force (FfD TF) has been continuously working with the European members of the ICESDF and produced several inputs into the three working clusters of the ICESDF. The main document to influence the final report was published in June 2014 as 11 critical outcomes that the ICESDF Report must include.

FfD TF has analyzed the ICESDF Report based on the 11 critical outcomes and made recommendations to the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis Report which will serve as a basis for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.