BACKGROUND

This conference will provide a forum for over a hundred officials from Ministries of Finance, Parliaments, tax administrations, civil society and international partners (UNDP, UNICEF, IMF, and OECD) to come together with international partners and share experiences, identify good practices, and articulate pathways for strengthening budgeting and fiscal policy for the SDGs. The conference will articulate pathways for capacity development for integrated approaches to public finance for the SDGs. 


Conference Topics and Sessions: 

28 NOVEMBER - day 1


Session 1: Integrated approaches to Budgeting for the SDGs (09:45 - 10:45)

Moderated by IMF, Fiscal Affairs Department


This session will explore the link between PFM reforms and Sustainable Development at national and sub national levels, and determine how PFM reform and budgets can accelerate the SDGs, and how SDGs can contribute to PFM reform agenda.


Session 2: Integrated approaches to Budgeting for the SDGs (11:15 - 12:15)

Moderated by UNDP


In this session, discussion will centre around the lessons can we draw across different approaches to SDG budgeting, including those related to climate, gender and social spending? How do these approaches support budget allocation decisions? And how can these multiple budget reforms be mutually interoperable?


Session 3: Domestic revenue mobilisation for the SDGs (13:15 – 15:00)

Moderated by OECD


In this session, three presentations will be made on; 1) IMF’s analysis on raising additional revenues for the SDGs and other development needs – including Tax capacity—the policy, institutional, and technical capabilities to collect tax revenue, 2) the role of Tax Inspectors Without Borders in raising additional revenues, and 3) how to align tax policies with the SDGs.

The IMF presentation will be made by Fiscal Affairs Department, while presentations on Tax Inspectors Without Borders, and Tax for the SDGs will be made by UNDP.


Session 4: Budgeting for social sectors (15:30 – 16:45)

Moderated by UNICEF

 

In this session, discussions will be made on protecting and expanding fiscal space for social spending, including the key strategies for success at consensus building across international partners on public finance reforms, and what are the key lessons to apply both to social spending and priority-based expenditure, more generally.


29 NOVEMBER - day 2 


Session 5: Climate Change and Green Dimensions of Budgeting for the SDGs (09:00 – 10:15)

Moderated by IMF, Fiscal Affairs Department

 

This session will discuss how are different approaches to integrating climate change, biodiversity and environment policy supporting PFM reforms and accelerating progress towards the SDGs?


Session 6: Budgeting for gender equality and inclusion (10:45 – 12:00)

Moderated by OECD


This session will discuss to what extent is gender budgeting playing a breakthrough role, paving the way for consideration of other strategic goals related to the SDGs as part of the budget process?


Session 7: Integrated National Financing Frameworks and financing the SDGs (12:00 - 13:15)

Moderated by IMF, Fiscal Affairs Department


This session will discuss how governments are using SDG financing strategies to strengthen linkages between different approaches to SDG budgeting, medium terms revenues strategies and private investment for sustainable development.


Session 8: Budget Transparency and Accountability for Sustainable Development (14:15 – 15:30)

Session moderated by UNICEF


This session will discuss how transparency and accountability can strengthen budget credibility and build trust though parliamentary oversight, citizen budgets and other mechanisms enabling scrutiny of SDG financing.


Session 9: Technical assistance and capacity building (15:30 – 17:00)

Moderated by UNDP


This session will discuss how to take more collaborated approaches on technical assistance and capacity building on budgeting and fiscal policy for SDGs.