On July 13-16, 2015, SDSN will host and participate in a number of official side events to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These events will focus on key issues and initiatives in financing for infrastructure, climate action and data for the Sustainable Development Goals. Members of the SDSN secretariat will also be contributing to a variety of other side events.

Unlocking Public and Private Finance for African Infrastructure, in partnership with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Brookings, and African Development Bank (AfDB).

Monday July 13, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Elilly Hotel Mars room

To achieve sustainable development in Africa, is imperative that the public and private sectors pave a path for Africa to mobilize the finance required for its infrastructure development. The foundations for the development of transformational infrastructure are set but still need to attract the means of implementation commensurate with the task at hand. These means of implementation will need to leverage new infrastructure investment platforms, draw on the expertise of leading investment firms, academics and research centers, and be informed by current developments, including the creation of new global financial institutions to support infrastructure development, the growing importance of capital markets for African development and more. This meeting will bring leaders in African infrastructure together to map future action to close the financing gap for African infrastructure.


Climate Finance at the Service of Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Tuesday July 14, 8:15am – 9:45am, Jupiter Hotel Conference Hall

Developed countries have committed to ensuring at least $100 billion per year in additional climate financing for developing countries from 2020, but confusion reigns on what does and does not count towards this commitment. Moreover, many investments in mitigation and adaptation are operationally indistinguishable from investments in “development” and must be structured and executed together. In this event, high-level speakers from the GCF and SDSN will raise these crucial question, exploring and proposing concrete actions so that climate finance can best serve the broader yet also highly climate-sensitive sustainable development agenda.


Harnessing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, in partnership with The ONE Campaign, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Government of Mexico and the Government of the United States of America.

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Wednesday July 15, 7:30am-9:30am, Hilton Hotel, Ball Room II

We live in a world where millions of people matter so little that they are uncounted. Their births are not recorded; they cannot access basic healthcare, sufficient food, lifesaving antiretroviral medicines, or an education. To successfully deliver the SDGs and end extreme poverty, we need governments, citizens and civil society to build on official statistics and invest in new approaches to collecting and using data.

This event hosted by ONE, The US and Mexican Governments, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the UN Economic Commission for Africa will convene a broad range of stakeholders come together to commit to filling gaps in data production, openness and use. A number of high level champions will announce their support for a Global Partnership on Data for Sustainable Development

Confirmed Speakers include:

Fernando Aportela, Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico

Angel Gurria, Secretary General, OECD

Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, United States

Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Amina J. Mohammed, Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning

Mahmoud Mohieldin, President’s Special Envoy on Millennium Development Goals, World Bank Group

Henry Rotich, Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Kenya

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network

addisrsvp@one.org | Please arrive early to secure your seat. | Buffet breakfast available from 7am.