This sixth edition of the Financing the United Nations Development System report has been produced during extraordinary times. The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly spread around the world. Previous decades of socioeconomic development and progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being undermined.

The UN and its Member States together with other international and multilateral organisations are central to the fight against the short term impact of the pandemic, the protection of the most vulnerable and the long term building back guided by the key principle – leave no one behind.

To recap, this year’s Financing the UN Development System report has presented comprehensive data on UN revenues and expenditures, while also exploring the impact of the unfolding global pandemic crisis on UN Member States.

COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, a devastating impact on the lives and wellbeing of people around the world. As such, the UN and its partners have had to move swiftly, as well as with agility and flexibility, to meet the challenges posed by the pandemic.

At the same time, the need for longer-term strategic planning in order to build back better and inclusively has become paramount. Thus, this report has offered a timely analysis of the financing of the UNDS and – in the individual articles contained within Parts Two and Three – a variety of insightful reflections on the current status of financing, potential strategies and priorities, and how best to move forward.

It is time for concerted action. It is time to walk the talk. A glimmer of hope lies in the strength of feeling expressed by those calling for collective action. While there may be exceptions to this underlying sentiment, more generally it is reflective of a realisation that the issues confronting us cannot be met unilaterally. It thus follows that multilateralism is the best instrument we have for finding effective solutions to current challenges.

Explore the key data again

Who funds the UN?

Explore the top 10 contributing countries in 2010-2018 and the main UN entities they funded

How does UN funding compare with other multilateral organisations?

Explore how OECD-DAC countries used UN, EU, Worldbank and other multilateral ODA channels in 2010-2018

Expenditure
in crisis-affected countries

Explore UN humanitarian, development and peace expenditures in all major crisis-affected countries in 2010-2018