Maria Ramos and achim steiner

We must think to the future, even amidst our efforts to deal with the tragedy, turmoil, and uncertainties thrust upon us during the current crisis. Digital has proved to be a keystone in our handling of the crisis and will certainly emerge as a more important part of our collective futures.

With foresight, and fortuitously given today’s context, the UN Secretary General mandated a task force to recommend how best to harness the forces of digitalization in accelerating financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are honoured to have been invited to co-Chair this task force, given both the importance of its mandate, and the exceptional leaders drawn to its ambitious goals from governments and regulators, and the financial, technology and international development communities.

The nexus between digitalization, finance and the SDGs is largely a new frontier of investigation and action. Fulfilling our mandate has therefore required us to catalyse a knowledge ecosystem and a community of practice, as much as making recommendations.

Core to the conclusions of the task force is that digitalization amplifies the potential for the financial system to better serve the interests of people, whose money it manages, and whose collective interest in expressed by the SDGs.

Our Action Agenda, we believe, offers an ambitious yet resolutely practical pathway for realising this potential, and closing the gap in financing the transition to an inclusive, sustainable development.

In conclusion, we would like to thank the UN Secretary General for the opportunity to play a role in advancing his broader strategy for financing the SDGs, and to thank the members of the Task Force for their extensive contributions, insights and conclusions reflected in this final report.

Achim Steiner

Maria Ramos