Negotiations at #FFD3 set the stage for 2015 meetings

By Liana Barcia 17 July 2015

Senior global development reporter Michael Igoe reports on location in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to explain what #FFD3 suggests for the sustainable development goal negotiations in New York and climate talks at COP21 in Paris.

All eyes and ears were on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week as heads of state, financial ministers and development leaders came together to agree on a plan to implement and finance the post-2015 development agenda, to be ratified in September by the U.N. General Assembly.

The third International Conference on Financing for Development Conference was the first in a series of high-profile events marking the end of the Millennium Development Goals and the beginning of the post-2015 development agenda.

Was #FFD3 the starting point in a new era of global cooperation and development? Or did it just reaffirm the status quo?

The weeklong event has been fairly contentious, with negotiations over the inclusion of a U.N. intergovernmental tax body in the outcome document at one point threatening to derail the entire process.

Senior global development reporter Michael Igoe reports on location in Addis Ababa to explain other contentious issues that held up negotiations, insights from civil society not just on the outcome document but the whole process as well, and what events at the #FFD3 conference suggest for the sustainable development goal negotiations in New York and climate talks at COP21 in Paris.

What did you think of the #FFD3 conference? Are you happy with the outcome, or do you think it leaves much to be desired? Tell us in the comments below.

Missed major #Fin4Dev pledges and developments at the #FFD3 conference in Addis? Read the highlights from each day and reactions from civil society on major developments in our running blog.

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Liana Barcia

Liana is a Manila-based reporter at Devex focusing on education, development finance and public-private partnerships and contributing a wide range of content featured in the Development Insider, Money Matters and Doing Good newsletters. She draws from her experience in business reporting and advertising to generate coverage that is engaging, insightful and relevant to the Devex community.


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