Third International Conference on Financing for Development

FfD Logo 140The Third International Conference on Financing for Development took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13-16 July 2015, resulting in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The Addis Ababa Conference was the first in a series of UN events leading up to the adoption of the new UN sustainable development agenda, which was agreed on 2 August by UN Member States and will culminate with a Summit to adopt the post-2015 agenda on 25-27 September in New York.


The UN General Assembly, in its modalities resolution A/Res/68/279 for the Conference, stressed the importance of the full participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations and business sector entities, in the Conference and its preparatory process. In addition to substantive informal sessions, the preparatory process included informal interactive hearings on 8-9 April 2015 at UN Headquarters, as well as a Global Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 10-12. Please visit the Conference website for the full calendar of events:

UN General Assembly resolution 68/279 outlines the “Modalities for the third International Conference on Financing for Development.” On 16 March, the draft of the second General Assembly resolution on the Modalities for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development was released. The Note by the Secretary-General A/69/542 presents the "Proposed organization of work of the third International Conference on Financing for Development."

Preparatory process for the Addis Ababa Conference

The FfD3 Co-Chairs outlined the following roadmap toward the Conference:

Substantive informal sessions
17 October 2014: Opening session (half day)
- Financing sustainable development - setting the stage
- Discussion of the proposed roadmap
10 November 2014: Global context
- Global context, financing needs and major trends in sustainable development financing
11-13 November 2014: Mobilization and effective use of resources
- Domestic and international public finance
- Private (domestic and international) and blended finance
9-11 December 2014: Enabling environment and systemic issues
- Enabling and conducive policy environment
- Trade, technology and capacity building
- Governance
12 December 2014: Learning from partnerships and follow-up process
- Learning from sector partnerships and funds
- Interplay of financing sources at the national level and national sustainable development financing strategies
- Strengthening the follow up process                                 
UN General Assembly informal interactive hearings
Regional consultations
On 23 March, the UN-ECE regional consultation took stock of trends and needs in Geneva regarding financing sustainable development in the region, and discussed solutions to unlock private resources and ways to set conducive frameworks for resource mobilization and renew and strengthen the global partnership for development. From 25-31 March, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 2015 Conference of Ministers takes place: “The 8th Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.” It was preceded by a side event entitled “Regional Consultation towards the Third International Conference on Financing for Development” from 23-24 March. From 29-30 April, the Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development will be held, co-hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Drafting sessions on the outcome document
27-29 January 2015: First drafting session
13-17 April 2015: Second drafting session
15-19 June 2015: Third drafting session
Additional Informal Consutations on the outcome document
In support of continued progress on the Outcome Document, additional sessions for consultations on the Draft Outcome Document have been scheduled prior to the Third Drafting Session.
11-15 May 2015 Additional session 1
26-29 May 2015 Additional session 2
1-5 June 2015 (Provisional) Additional session 3

Registration and special accreditation for the Conference

As requested in the note by the Secretary-General on the “Proposed organization of work of the third International Conference on Financing for Development” (A/69/542), Special Accrediation to the FfD process and online registration to the Conference will be available through the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service. Applications for Special Accreditation could be submitted through 31 May. Registration for the Conference was an additional step. The deadline for registration was 23 June.

Organization of side events at the Conference

For guidelines about organizing side events and to submit a side event request, please visit:

Civil society speakers for the 8-9 April General Assembly hearings

Please click here for information about the process for selecting the civil society speakers for these hearings.

Civil society interventions in the drafting sessions

In order to facilitate the coordination of proposed civil society interventions, all civil society organizations interested in the Conference and its preparatory process are invited to join the Civil Society FfD listserv, which is an open platform that will serve as an important channel of communication and coordination for civil society organizations planning to engage in the FfD3 process. To join the list, please write to the following google groups address and provide your full name, job title, and organization:!forum/global-social-economy

Processing of requests can take 3-5 days. If you experience difficulties in joining the listserv please write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please do not write to this address for other matters. General inquiries concerning registration, accreditation can be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Civil society representatives who do not possess a UN Grounds pass and would like to attend the 15-19 June drafting session, could request a Special Events Ticket by 12:00pm NY time on 11 June.

For more information

For more information about the Financing for Development Conference, please visit the FfD3 Conference web site:
You may also wish to visit the web site for the NGO Committee on Financing for Development:
For questions regarding civil society participation in the FfD3 process, please write to UN-NGLS at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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