in: Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation / UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (Hrsg.), Financing the UN Development System: Time to Meet the Moment, Uppsala, New York: Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, 141-144
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only reinforced the importance of agreeing that certain critical global public goods (GPGs) should be available to everyone, everywhere. It has highlighted the spectacular failure of many countries – including those that have long advocated for the provision of GPGs – to look beyond their own borders and ensure a fairer, more multilateral, GPG-centred normative approach. This article provides an introduction to the debate on GPGs and, in doing so, the two other contributions that follow. Specifically, it discusses three roles that the UN can play with regard to GPG provision that merit close attention: 1) data and monitoring; 2) catalysing action; and 3) funding.