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UN faces $100 trln shortfall in fight against climate change, inequality - report

EconomySep 17, 2021 09:52AM ET
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By Simon Jessop

LONDON (Reuters) -Global goals tackling poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change face a $100 trillion funding shortfall and are likely to be missed unless 10% of global economic output is directed to the U.N. targets every year to 2030, a report on Friday said.

The U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals set targets on everything from the environment to health and equality and have the support of all member states, yet the supply of finance from governments, investors, banks and companies to help meet them has consistently fallen short.

Hampered by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the annual shortfall is now up to $10 trillion a year, according to a landmark report by the Force for Good Initiative, collaborating with the United Nations and the finance industry, shared with Reuters.

"Humanity is at a crossroads. More than ever, all stakeholders must partner to ensure this crisis is the beginning of a new economics for sustainable development with prosperity for all," said Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, UN Conference on Trade and Development in the New York Office of the Secretary-General.

Adding the costs of financing the global transition to a low-carbon economy to limit global warming, and total funding out to 2050 comes in at $200-$220 trillion, the report added.

The SDGs are a global "to-do" list addressing such issues as war, hunger, land degradation, gender equality and climate.

While more than 1.1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1990, failure to accelerate efforts on the SDGs risked fuelling conflict and crises, they said.

After a slow start, the world's finance industry has begun to do more, with $9.5 trillion committed to 2030 and a record $2.1 trillion deployed in 2020. However there are imbalances in the way the money is being invested, the report said.

While climate change-related goals represented 20% of the funding gap, the theme was currently attracting 44% of the committed capital, the report said. By contrast, human, economic and social-related goals made up more than half of the funding gap but were taking in just 32% of current funding.

"The financial sector is playing a rapidly expanding role in financing the SDGs and the transition to a sustainable digital future," said Ketan Patel, Chairman of Force for Good and CEO and Co-Founder of Greater Pacific Capital.

"However, with less than ten years to go, there is a pressing need to explore even bigger and more radical solutions than those being deployed today."

Among other leading financial companies involved in the initiative include BlackRock (NYSE:BLK), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Bridgewater Associates and Schroders (LON:SDR), the report said.

UN faces $100 trln shortfall in fight against climate change, inequality - report
 

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James Andrews
James Andrews Sep 18, 2021 10:30PM ET
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News flash: We can't control planetary temperature trends or basic human nature.
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Sep 17, 2021 11:25AM ET
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nobody has to help anybody. UN has no role in world affairs
dar dar
dar dar Sep 17, 2021 10:05AM ET
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is my asteroid ever going to arrive
Terry Dude
Terry Dude Sep 17, 2021 9:57AM ET
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global cooling now but the beneficial CO2 still rising hmm what's your game UN?
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Yes, keep printing money to solve the inequality issue.  lol
 
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