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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Photo taken on Sept. 17, 2018 shows the last meeting of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images

Development Aid Insufficient to Reach SDGs

New York (Forbes) – It may not be widely known looking at the embarrassment of riches on Wall Street, but the world’s best hope of reining in the modern era’s four horsemen riding on steeds of climate change, extreme income inequality, pandemic threats and the erosion of institutional trust, largely depends on financial engineering, technological innovation and political will. In development circles the case for financial leverage, or the billions to trillions narrative, is widely understood, representing a critical path to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now it is time for business and the asset management community to realize their double-jeopardy, which is betrayed by buoyed short-term returns – namely, we are living in an invest now or pay later world. Either way, someone is going to pay, and the misery and misfortune of others can no longer be treated as externalities.

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