Funding the UN system

Event Type
Expert workshop

Location / Date
Bonn, 06.11.2023 until 07.11.2023


Co-hosted by German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the University of Glasgow

The workshop explored how the UN system is currently funded, what challenges UN financing faces, and what the future of UN financing could and should look like. It brought together academic researchers and pundits to discuss the latest research and new ideas in an intimate setting. Workshop discussions are embedded in the general context of Our Common Agenda and preparations for the 2024 UN Summit of the Future.

The workshop was held under the Chatham House rule. Paper presentations, inputs and comments by the discussants were limited to 8 minutes. A beamer was available for presentations. We kindly requested authors to share papers with all participants by 2 November. Based on workshop discussions, we will explore options for engaging with policy processes in 2024.




Monday, 6 October 2023



Session 1. Setting the scene: UN funding patterns and challenges

Financing the UN system: patterns and reform options


Financing the UN in the context of global change

  • Barbara Adams



  • John Hendra



  • Nilima Gulrajani


Session 2. Back to the roots? Assessed and core contributions

Multilateral options for mobilizing core finance

  • Nilima Gulrajani
  • Erik Lundsgaarde


Not a silver bullet: The push for assessed contributions for African-led peace support operations

  • Eugene Chen


Financing sustainable development (and the UN) in the age of immateriality

  • Claudio Fernandes


Tuesday, 7 October 2023

Session 3. False promise? The potential and pitfalls of tied contributions

Pathologies in the United Nations Development System: the role of funding structures

  • Max-Otto Baumann
  • Bernhard Reinsberg


The geopolitics of voluntary funding in the UN System: The case of UNRWA from 1949-2023

  • Ronny Patz



  • Eugene Chen



  • Claudio Fernandes



Session 4. Looking ahead: the future of UN funding Panel

Financing for development

  • Bodo Ellmers


Funding compact

  • John Hendra


UN reform proposals

  • Silke Weinlich



  • Roberto Bissio

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