In the past few weeks we witnessed two major milestones on the long road towards the post-2015 development era.
A well-attended summit on Financing for Development took place in Ethiopia mid-July and struck a deal on sustainable development financing, in what was considered to be a good foundation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) negotiations.
Even though it was not a perfect deal by any stretch and can’t be considered the final word, it was a good first step.
Over 800 businesses were represented, the most ever for a UN meeting. With a mix of eight plenaries, six roundtables and 187 side events, delegates were running from meeting to meeting to capitalise on their presence.
While there were several unresolved issues from preparatory negotiations, namely reference to Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR), the future of and institutional home for international tax cooperation, and the relationships between the FFD and the post-2015 ou