Ahead of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, where member states are expected to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SDG Philanthropy Platform is calling for greater philanthropic engagement in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
A partnership of the United Nations Development Programme, Foundation Center, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, with support from the MasterCard, Ford, and Conrad N. Hilton foundations, the SDG Philanthropy Platform works to connect funders with development programs, ensure that they are included in the development of policy agendas, and facilitate partnerships among foundations, governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and businesses. Its September 24 conference, "Philanthropy Engaged: Implementing and Achieving the Post-2015 Agenda," brought together a hundred and fifty leaders from across the philanthropic, public, and private sectors to discuss opportunities for philanthropy to help realize the seventeen SDGs aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change by 2030 — locally, nationally, regionally, and globally.
"Governments alone cannot address the critical challenges of sustainable development, nor can we expect philanthropy to achieve its maximum potential operating in isolation," said UNDP administrator Helen Clark. "The SDG Platform for Philanthropy will create the linkages necessary to achieve the SDGs, and, ultimately, a more just and equitable society."
As part of the effort, the SDG Philanthropy Platform has launched SDGfunders.org, a website designed to facilitate funder engagement in the global development process and cross-sector collaboration through knowledge sharing and access to critical data. Powered by Foundation Center, the site offers interactive maps and dashboards tracking key funding data (both philanthropic and official development assistance) on individual Millennium Development Goals, SDGs, countries, and population groups. It also lists top funders and recipients working on specific SDGs, provides access to literature including case studies and interviews with experts, and will host an online community that will serve as a hub for discussions and knowledge sharing worldwide.
"With SDGfunders.org," said Foundation Center president Bradford K. Smith, "we have a real opportunity to start the SDG process with strong baseline data, track the investment of philanthropy and the global community, and take on the difficult challenge of measuring true progress."