On 1 April 2015, the OECD convened the 2015 Global Forum on Development, the final in a threeyearcycle on Preparing for Post-2015. This year, ministerial and senior-level participants from developing countries, multilateral institutions, foundations and non-governmental organisations, OECD countries and the OECD Secretariat gathered to discuss "Post-2015 Financing for Sustainable Development". Preparatory, technical debates involving policy makers and practitioners from a wide range of countries and institutions took place on 31 March, dealing inter alia with the financing challenges of least developed countries, the role of official development assistance and broader development finance in the post-2015 era, the role of remittances, the importance of the international tax agenda, approaches to mobilise private sector investment, and climate finance.
As the international community gets together in support of the UN General Assembly to endorse a new framework for development — the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — in September 2015, the means to implement this new agenda must be in place to facilitate its success. At the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July 2015, senior officials and development experts are expected to agree the financing framework to support the impact and outcomes set forth in the proposed SDGs. The Global Forum on Development allowed high level practitioners and policy makers to reflect on how best the OECD can contribute to the Addis Ababa Conference and ensure that the global-national articulation of policies, tools and incentives is optimised in support of financing and achieving the SDGs in the years to come.