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Commissions, committees and consensus – a prelude to UN financing for development negotiations next year?

Jesse Griffiths

22 May 2014 14:38:42

The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing may be an important influence on UN negotiations on financing for development over the next year: but will they live up to the standards of their illustrious predecessor, the 2009 Stiglitz Commission? First, let’s remind ourselves what the Intergovernmental Committee is for. It’s a group of 30 ‘experts’ – largely government officials - tasked with providing a report, by September this year, which will input into both the process to agree post-2015 sustainable development goals, and the UN summit on Financing for Development (FfD) - the follow-up to the 2002 Monterrey summit and the 2008 Doha summit. [Note: The new FfD summit will probably take place in June 2015 but the date is still being haggled ...