CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs is at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, 13-16 July 2015).
The conference will also lay the foundation for an agreement in September on the new sustainable development goals, and for a binding climate-change agreement in December. Building on the conclusions of previous financing for development conferences (Monterrey in 2002 and Doha in 2008), and other key international processes, the commitments and agreements made in Addis Ababa will shape our ability to bring about a just, equitable world in which the rights of all peoples, including future generations, are fully respected and protected – in a way that upholds the integrity of the natural environment and remedies the damage climate change has already caused. If we are to have a new vision for sustainable development, Addis Ababa will need to produce ambitious, meaningful and comprehensive agreements on financing.
An additional task will be to set out how the financing for development (FfD) agenda is to complement and support the post-2015 framework, with its sustainable development goals (SDGs) and binding climate-change agreement. To support and contribute to the implementation of the SDGs, it is essential for the Addis Ababa outcome document to reflect the growing, efforts being made to ensure that all forms and uses of finance mainstream sustainable development in all three dimensions: social, environmental and economic. A complementary responsibility is to ensure that all forms of development finance take climate change into consideration, and remain focused on reducing its risks and managing its impacts.
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