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Policy Debate | Financing the SDGs: Global vs Local Public Goods

Editors' notes

This ‘Policy Debate’ starts with an interview with Inge Kaul, conducted by Robin Davies, on the topic of Global vs. National Public Goods in the post-2015 international development framework. Inge Kaul argues that for the good of developing countries and the world as whole, support from developed countries for the provision of global public goods (GPGs), such as climate change mitigation and communicable disease surveillance and control, should be conceived as an extension of their domestic policies. Financing for GPGs constitutes payment for services rendered, not aid. Likewise, responsibility for the production of GPGs should rest with issue-focused ‘tsars’, not with overstretched and country-focused multilateral negotiation secretariats and development organisations.

The initial paper is followed by two critical comments, (1) by Robert Glasser, Executive-in-Residence, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and (2) by Michael Gerber, Ambassador and Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Luca Etter, Policy Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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