Where is UN funding allocated?
Expenditure linked to SDGs

The number of UN entities reporting on the linkages between their expenditures and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is growing. The total SDG-related expenditure of US$ 46.5 billion by the 36 entities with available data in 2021 corresponds to 77% of total overall UN expenditure and 90% of all contributions to the UN OAD segment. Although not representing all UN expenditure, the available data for the 36 entities gives an indication of which SDGs are in focus for UN investments. The distribution of SDG-related expenditure can differ greatly between specialised entities, such as UN Women, and entities with a broader mandate, such as the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

77% of UN expenditure was linked to the SDGs in 2021
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Aggregated UN expenditure linked to the SDGs as reported by 36 UN entities, 2021 (US$ billion)
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Key insights in a flash
77% of UN expenditure was linked to the SDGs in 2021
More UN entities are reporting towards the SDGs
Largest UN allocations to food and nutrition, health and peace

Source: Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB)