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New on Our Knowledge Center: Promoting Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals

Published on April 10, 2019

Promoting_SDGs.JPGPromoting Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals is a publication by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that recommends that governments leverage the marketing capacities of their investment promotion agencies (IPAs) to better compete for the estimated $2.5 trillion annual global shortfall in investment for the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries and to increase the pool of available capital, including foreign direct investment (FDI). In particular, IPAs could help mobilize underexploited sources of finance and expertise, such as multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating in the development of hard and soft infrastructure, development finance institutions and special development programs, as well as investment guarantee schemes to mitigate investment risks. Prerequisites to effectively engaging these new partners in the generation of more goal-related investments are that IPAs first understand (a) their governments’ objectives for the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, (b) how different types of investment can contribute, and (c) which role the IPAs can play.

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