Mahmoud Mohieldin, former Egyptian investment minister and World Bank senior vice president, has been appointed as the UN’s Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda.
According to a statement made recently, Mohieldin, 55, will focus on global, regional and national issues related to public finance and supporting the implementation of the secretary-general’s Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda across the United Nations system, in close collaboration with international financial institutions and the private sector. He will ensure that there is collective action by UN agencies, development partners and the private sector to work with member countries in scaling up financing for the 2030 Agenda in the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, and address barriers and challenges that constrain public finance for sustainable development.
The Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was first released in September 2018, and the UN says it has a clear vision for transforming the global financial systems and economic policies in line with the 2030 Agenda, enhancing sustainable financing strategies and investments at regional and country levels.
Mohieldin was the investment minister from 2004 to 2010, and most recently served as the World Bank Group senior vice president for the 2030 Agenda, United Nations relations and partnerships.