The digital revolution is transforming everything about finance.

The UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals was created for one purpose: to harness the power of digital financing for the good of the planet and its citizens.

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Call for Contributions

The Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals wants to hear from experts, thought leaders, and citizens from around the world. Input will be shared with the Secretary-General and other world leaders, and will shape a concrete, actionable agenda for closing the $2.5 trillion annual gap in financing the SDGs.

THE ROAD AHEAD: New document provides roadmap for the coming year's work

The digitalization of the world’s financial systems changes how we can finance efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. But the positive effects of the digitalization of finance must scale up, rapidly, if the SDGs are to be achieved by 2030. And the potential downsides must be understood and mitigated. The Task Force’s new Framework Document provides the basic building blocks that will underpin our work for the next year. It sets forth our priority areas for focus, and highlights the analytical approach we’ll use to understand the risks and the opportunities.

Davos 2019

The UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals holds its inaugural meeting on Wednesday 23 January 2019 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Task Force members have spent the past several months commissioning research and sharing ideas to understand the digital revolution’s implications for finance. We want to see how the remaking of the world’s financial systems—a process already well underway—can be put to use to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. We want to see where digitalization can make a beneficial difference, and what the priorities should be. Davos is where the Task Force comes together for its first in-person working session. Task Force members and the secretariat team will also be attending and speaking at other related sessions during the Forum. We will be reporting throughout the week.

How the digital finance revolution can drive sustainable development

The digital revolution has transformed the world’s financial systems. This is true not only for the customer experience (how hundreds of millions of people now manage their financial lives), but for the system at every level: how financial institutions manage their operations, how investors analyze risk and make decisions, how capital markets move, and how policymakers approach their work. To be sure, digitalization has affected every area of life, not just financing. The rate of acceleration is staggering: to take just one oft-cited statistic, 90% of the data in existence today was created in the past two years.

Co-Chair Maria Ramos

From the bottom of my heart I believe that even though technological advancements and sustainable development sometimes feel like they are moving in different directions – we cannot retreat from our duty to fight for a better world. READ MORE

Co-Chair Achim Steiner

The digital revolution has transformed global financial systems. This transformation should be one that puts inclusive sustainable development at the center. READ MORE

A Message from the Secretary-General

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda has a powerful vision, but we must ensure financing is sufficient. That means making creative use of digital technologies that are revolutionizing the financial markets. This Task Force will point the way forward.

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Call for Contributions

Last week the Task Force issued our Call for Contributions. It seeks input from technical experts, opinion leaders, and citizens from all over the world about our core mandate: how to harness the power of the digital technologies that are

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Voices from Davos

VOICES FROM DAVOS

What other broad-based things can digital financing do? We can use big data to empower more activity for small and medium enterprises. Watch Task Force member Natalie Jabangwe’s remarks from the Inaugural Meeting

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