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 digital revolution is transforming every aspect of financing. How citizens manage their household finances. How businesses manage their processes. How investors analyze financial data, weigh and mitigate risk, and make decisions. How regulators approach their work. How capital markets move. The Task Force, a cross-section of 20 global leaders from diverse sectors and geographies, is exploring how the financing revolution being driven by digital technologies—blockchain, mobile, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Big Data, the internet of things, among others—might be shaped for the benefit of the planet and its people.

The key questions we seek to explore:

  • What is the current experience in harnessing the digitalization of finance in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs?
  • What are the high-impact opportunities–now and in the future–for digital financing of the SDGs?
  • What are the barriers and risks, and how might those best be overcome?
  • Who needs to do what—including within the United Nations—to overcome the risks and barriers, and to seize the opportunities, to put the digitalization of finance to work for the SDGs?

Click here for a glossary of terms (e.g., “sustainable development” “digitalization”) which can also be found in the downloadable version of this Call for Contributions. More detailed information on the Task Force’s analysis may be found in its Framework Document.


 Submissions

Short Contributions may be opinions, observations, or ideas. These may be submitted to the Task Force’s Secretariat by web form. (800 word limit)

Longer Contributions provide an in-depth consideration of one or more areas within the Task Force’s field of inquiry. These longer contributions may be original (written expressly in response to this Call for Contributions) or may have been previously published elsewhere. These may also be submitted by web form or by email to [email protected] . (6,000 world limit, or ten pages single spaced, in either PDF or MS Word format)

We also welcome other media (e.g., infographics, motion graphics, video, PowerPoint, etc.) via web form or to [email protected]

Contributions made by 30 April will be considered for inclusion in the Task Force’s Interim Report to the Secretary-General. Authors may be contacted to develop a final paper or presentation to be showcased during the United Nations General Assembly Week in September 2019.

Contributions close on 31 October 2019. Contributions received by this date will be considered for inclusion in the final report to the Secretary-General.

 

 


By submitting a contribution, you authorize the Task Force Secretariat to publish your submission on our website and to use part or all of it in our reporting to the Secretary-General, other world leaders, and key stakeholders. Any reservation to such authorization must be clearly stated. The Task Force Secretariat reserves the right not to make public any submission, including those that include derogatory language aimed against individuals, groups, organizations, or countries.

DEFINITION OF TERMS

 

Digital

Involving or relating to the use of computer technology.

Digitization

The process of changing from analog to digital form

Digital Finance

Financial services delivered through digital processes and infrastructure.

Digitization

The process of changing from analog to digital form

Digitalization

Generally refers to how different political, social and economic domains are restructured around the broad use of digital technologies, often leading to new business models, services of employment as well as in interaction and engagement

Digitization of Finance

The impact of conversion from analog to digital technologies on financial functions, i.e. back office automation, transaction processing, improving “the plumbing” of financial service functions, resulting from digitization.

Digitalization of Finance

Systemic changes to the financial ecosystem due to digital technologies i.e., disintermediation of the banking and capital market sectors, shifting role of regulators due to cross-border transactions.

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the application of digital technologies to fundamentally impact all aspects of business and society.

Financial Ecosystem

A network of players (i.e., intermediaries, regulators, money managers, insurers, fintech, risk evaluators, etc.) that interact and provide services in the form of borrowing, lending, insurance, investment and payments and others.

Fintech or “financial technology”

Computer programs and other technology used to support or enable banking and financial services, traditionally referring to the technology of back-end work of financial institutions, and more recently referring to a fast-growing sector that applies technology to improve financial activities.

Technologies under consideration by the Task Force include, but are not limited toartificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, online and mobile platforms, Big Data and/or the Internet of Things.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and encompasses society, environment, culture and economy (United Nations 1987 Bruntland Commission Report)