Financing the SDGs – Can the World Avoid Failure?

Hosted by the School of Public Policy

Online public event


Sir Suma Chakrabarti

Sir Suma Chakrabarti

Amina J. Mohammed

Amina J. Mohammed


Minouche Shafik

Minouche Shafik

The Addis Agenda that provided a new global framework for financing sustainable development and a process to deliver our 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is now five years old. The world was off track to deliver the SDGs before the COVID-19 crisis but the savage economic impact of coronavirus has set those long-term objectives back further. The SDGs are more important than ever - how do we re-inject momentum into the Addis Agenda and create a sustainable and resilient world?

Join us for a conversation with EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, hosted by LSE Director Minouche Shafik.

Suma Chakrabarti (@ebrdsuma) is the sixth President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Sir Suma has served two terms as President, having been elected to the posts by the EBRD’s Board of Governors in 2012 and again in 2016. Before becoming President of the EBRD, Sir Suma had a career in the United Kingdom civil service and was Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development (2002-2007) and the Ministry of Justice (2007-2012). Sir Suma’s earlier career was in international development, starting as a ODI Fellow in Botswana in the early 1980s, and encompassing a range of economic and administrative posts in the Overseas Development Administration (DFID’s predecessor) in London and in the UK office at the World Bank and IMF.

Amina J. Mohammed (@AminaJMohammed) is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment. Ms. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Minouche Shafik is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

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