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ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development

Background

The inaugural ECOSOC forum on Financing for Development follow-up on the overall theme: “Financing for sustainable development: follow-up to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA)”, was held from 18 to 20 April 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The forum included the Special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, WTO and UNCTAD.

The three-day event brought together a large number of high-level participants, including 17 Ministers and Vice-Ministers, as well as numerous high-level government officials in the areas of finance, foreign affairs and development cooperation. An unprecedented number of World Bank Group and IMF Executive Directors, as well as senior officials from the UN system and other international organizations attended the forum. There was also strong representation of civil society organizations and the private sector.