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Director of Regional Commissions NY Office presents global and regional trends, challenges and opportunities to financing the 2030 Agenda

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The Director of the Regional Commissions NY Office presented on global and regional trends, challenges and opportunities to financing the 2030 Agenda at the “Conference on Financing Sustainable Development – Curbing Illicit Financial Flows” organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut, Lebanon on 28-29 November 2018.

The presentation focused on structural global impediments to domestic resource mobilization, namely rising debt, tax evasion and avoidance and illicit financial flows. It also discussed the magnitude of the investments needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the global and regional efforts required to enable countries capacities to mobilize domestic resources.

Taking a cue from the United Nations Secretary General’s recently launched Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2018-2021), the Conference aimed to support the mobilization of long-term development finance and propel the transitioning from ‘funding to financing’ transformative change, as well as lead the path towards deploying the necessary measures to combat Illicit Financial Flows. It will serve as an important milestone ahead of the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development and the High-Level Political Forum Leaders’ Summit.

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