Development diplomacy

Development diplomacy is the highest priority of international relations. This is mostly performed through multilateral activities on a global and regional level. Both within the activities of international organizations (UN and its specialized organizations) and through other forms of (international) cooperation.

The most important issues are defined by The Sustainable Development Goals.  UN resolution called Agenda 2030 is the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, reduce inequality, and with a core principle ”leave no one behind”. Sustainable development can best be achieved if actors work together and contribute their experience, expertise and resources to realizing the common goals.

From our blog

Hosting UNCTAD in 2020: Small countries and big stakes

Rawl Prescott

Barbados will host the 15th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) quadrennial meeting in October 2020.  It will be the first small state to host the conference. According to the Prime Minister o...

[WebDebate #25 summary] Blockchain for development: a critical assessment

Andrijana Gavrilović

In our November WebDebate, we looked at blockchain technology. The WebDebate included an introduction to, and overview of, blockchain technology, and a brief exploration of some emerging and popu...

Data-driven discussions at the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Barbara Rosen Jacobson

‘If we are not counted, we do not count, and we remain invisible’ - Representative of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities   Data plays an increasingly central role in discussions around the ...

Digital technology for the sustainable development goals

Barbara Rosen Jacobson

Technology has great potential to help deliver the SDGs, but it can also be at the root of exclusion and inequality. We need to harness the benefits of advanced technologies for all. <!-- /wp:...



Why modernise official development assistance?

Most ODA continues to be provided in the form of grants. Nonetheless, concessional loans – in other words, loans provided on favourable terms to developing countries – are also important, and will continue to play a key role in mobilising resources to support the ... Read more...

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Uncertain Times

Not long ago, Latin America was a success story of economic growth. While advanced economies suffered a severe recession during the 2008–09 financial crisis in the United States and western Europe, followed by a weak recovery, emerging market economies were seen ... Read more...

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Pricing the right to education: The cost of reaching new targets by 2030

This paper shows there is an annual nancing gap of US$39 billion over 2015-2030 for reaching universal pre-primary, primary and secondary education of good quality in low and lower middle income countries. ... Read more...

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