Ever heard of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda? I hadn’t, until about 15 minutes ago. It seems to be a practical implementation guide for Agenda 2030, focusing on the role of international finance. Looks pretty important. Here’s a summary from the Wikipedia page:

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda was the outcome of the 2015 Third International Conference on Financing for Development […] It was adopted by heads of state and government on 15 July 2015.

174 United Nations member states sent delegations; 28 heads of State, vice presidents and heads of government attended.

Governments were joined by the heads of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO), prominent business and civil society leaders, and other stakeholders.

The Addis Agenda is a global framework that seeks to align financing flows and policies with economic, social, and environmental priorities.

The World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), are the major institutional stakeholders of the Financing for Development process.

Unlike previous Financing for Development agendas, the Addis Agenda is explicitly linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) checks up on the Addis Agenda at a big meeting every year, to make sure everyone is doing their homework.

Below are some key quotes from this UN .pdf on the subject:

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) provides:
– A comprehensive set of policy actions by Member States, with a package of over 100 concrete measures to finance sustainable development, transform the global economy and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
– A new global framework for financing sustainable development that aligns all financing flows and policies with economic, social and environmental priorities and ensures that financing is stable and sustainable.

The Action Agenda draws upon all sources of finance, technology and innovation, promotes trade and debt sustainability, harnesses data and addresses systemic issues. It establishes a strong foundation to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Action Agenda also serves as a guide for actions by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society, and philanthropists.

The AAAA emphasizes the important role played by private businesses and finance in the development agenda

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda includes several new commitments by Governments. These include:
– A new social compact to provide social protection and essential public services for all
– A global infrastructure forum to bridge the infrastructure gap
– An ‘LDC package’ to support the poorest countries
– A Technology Facilitation Mechanism to advance to the SDGs
– Enhanced international tax cooperation to assist in raising resources domestically
– Mainstreaming women’s empowerment into financing for development