United Nations and philanthropy

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The SDG Philanthropy Platform is helping to coordinate and strengthen the sector’s contribution to international peace-building

‘What gives philanthropy its attribute as a peacemaker is its aim to empower local communities and therefore facilitate a bottom-up peace-building process’ – Marcos Athias Neto, director, Finance Sector Hub, UNDP

Achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which, among other things, specifically call for the creation of just and peaceful societies, will require the development of an inclusive global partnership across the spectrum of public and private actors. The philanthropic sector with its complementary approaches and new pools of funding, technical expertise, creativity and freedom to take greater risks, is uniquely positioned to play a critical role. In recognition of this, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP) in 2014, jointly with the Foundation Center and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). This global initiative seeks to connect philanthropy with knowledge and networks to deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact. Below, we explore two examples of what the platform has so far contributed to the cause of peace and justice.

Promoting peace and sustainable development in Colombia

 
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