4. Best practice and current initiatives - Maximizing investment impact

The Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Programme (AIFP)

Meridiam, The World Economic Forum and the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) launched a new partnership to help governments build infrastructure procurement capabilities within their civil services. The AIFP aims to bring together governments and the private sector to support public sector infrastructure professionals.

Business for the Planet (B4P)

B4P is an investment management firm that designs financial impact investments that help to end poverty. B4P has identified a segment of US institutional investors that are interested and smart enough to create both social impact and generate a financial return.

Colombia’s plastic bag tax

In July 2017, the Colombian Government introduced a tax on single-use plastic bags. The objective of this legislation is to encourage consumers to use reusable bags, thus drastically curbing marine litter, which is mostly plastic waste, and one of the biggest threats to the oceans.

DeepMind

Artificial intelligence offers the greatest opportunity in generations to advance social justice, and reduce human suffering. If society can create the right structures and incentives for technology development, artificial intelligence can help achieve the SDGs.

Give Me 5 Campaign

A Global Grassroots Campaign that aims to create awareness, and advocacy for the prioritization of Sustainable Development. Specifically, this initiative seeks to route public and private investments towards the implementation of the SDGs. The aim: to create pressure on global leaders to prioritize Sustainable Development.

The Global Covenant of Mayors

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society.

Ocean Unite

Ocean Unite is an expert group of leaders, thinkers, and strategists that aims to drive positive change for people and the planet. It supports key global events, builds and creates new business relationships, engages a growing global audience, and disrupts the status quo when necessary.

The OECD Social Impact Investment Initiative

The initiative proposes global standards to enable the collection of internationally comparable data, as well as case-studies of actual transactions. The aim is to document the variety of approaches, instruments, practices and policy issues in developed and developing countries.

Poverty-Environment Action

Poverty-Environment Action builds on the deep experience of the UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative. The new focus of Poverty-Environment Action is aligning finance and investment with poverty, environment and climate objectives to accelerate SDG implementation.

Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals

Poverty-Environment Action builds on the deep experience of the UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative. Over the past decade, the Initiative has pioneered integrated approaches to mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages in national development planning and implementation processes and now as a model for implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The new focus of Poverty-Environment Action is aligning finance and investment with poverty, environment and climate objectives to accelerate SDG implementation.here.

The UNDP Impact Investment Summit

Impact Investment has the potential to help overcome development challenges while targeting the financial bottom line. The Summit brought together key stakeholders from the impact investment ecosystem with governments and international development organizations.

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NB. The inclusion of non-UN initiatives and organisations on this page does not imply an official endorsement or position of the United Nations. The examples of best practice are included for their relevance to investment in the SDGs.