Innovative Financing for Development

Philippe Douste-Blazy


2011 OFF in Oslo
Philippe Douste-Blazy, former foreign minister of France, chairman of UNITAID, and UN chief of innovative finance, shares his views on foreign aid in a world of increasing interconnectedness. He begins his talk by clarifying that foreign aid should strive to provide global public goods, not economic assistance for struggling nations.

About the Speaker

Philippe Douste-Blazy



French physician and politician

Philippe Douste-Blazy is a French cardiologist, politician, and former minister of culture and foreign minister of France. He was the mayor of Lourdes from 1989–2000 and Toulouse from 2001–2004. Since 2008, Douste-Blazy has been a special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Innovative Financing for Development. Douste-Blazy is also responsible for organizing the first World Conference of Non-Governmental Donors, which seeks to raise funds to facilitate the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. In 2017, Douste-Blazy’s name appeared on the shortlist of candidates for director general of the World Health Organization.

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