May 18 2015

Seoul Financing for Sustainable Development Forum

Seoul, South Korea
Past Event


The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the SDSN co-hosted the Seoul Financing for Sustainable Development Forum. This Forum convened over two hundred policy makers, business leaders, academics and civil society representatives to discuss practical initiatives for the Third Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2015.

The successes of South Korea’s economic development provided an important backdrop to the Forum. A nation that has gone from recipient to donor in a short period, South Korea demonstrates many key lessons in international development: the importance of international assistance, the vital role of education, the need for effective public and private sector leadership, and finally a positive international orientation. These key lessons provided an important framing to the day’s discussions around four topics detailed below.

  • Importance of financing for development
  • Needed upgrade of global education financing
  • Climate financing for COP21 and beyond
  • Incorporation of new donors into the international system

For more information, visit the meeting page on the Sustainable Development Solutions Network website.