Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
Following the event last month, Making Sustainability the Next Metric: the Post-2015 Development Agenda: The South Asian Consultation’, held by The Centre for Poverty Analysis, alongside the Centre for Policy Dialogue (Bangladesh), Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan) and Practical Action to discuss Asian perspectives and idea on the post-2015 framework, a summary outcome document has been released. Amongst other things, it outlines the principles agreed upon at the meeting, which include: the need for a rights-based framework; the inclusion of “just governance” as the fourth pillar of post-2015; the need to question the global partnership approach and neoliberal paradigm which underpinned the previous MDGs; a realisation that while economic growth is necessary it must take place within environmental boundaries and become more inclusive; and that technology had a key role to play in the development framework.
A communiqué has been issued following a meeting in London on November 26-28th of 60 Parliamentarians from 32 parliaments of Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries. The objective of the meeting was to review the role national legislatures could play in sustaining the post-2015 process, whether by building capacity for good governance, exchanging information, or holding its implementation to account. An action plan was laid out at the end of the document, which emphasised the importance of Democratic Governance, Human Rights, Sustainable Development, Equality and Global partnerships in underpinning a new framework. Click on the link above to find out more.
The 6th session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place between 9-13 December 2013 at the UN in New York. OWG 6 will focus on: means of implementation; global partnership for achieving sustainable development; needs of countries in special situations; Africa countries; least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states, as well as specific challenges facing middle-income countries; human rights; the right to development and global governance. Access the IISD page (linked above) on OWG 6 to learn more (more information forthcoming on December 9th). Click here to access the full set of OWG issue briefs.
A recent consultation was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 9th -11th 2013 on the issue of gender. 40 participants from across Africa representing diverse stakeholders including young women, grassroots women, sexual minorities, and women in academia working on different gender thematic areas deliberated and agreed on the key targets and indicators for a stand-alone goal on gender equality and gender mainstreaming throughout the priority areas identified in the Africa Common Position on the post 2015 development framework (ACP) . It was agreed that targets would have to focus on eradicating violence against women and enhancing economic and political empowerment.
The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) released its third primer on post-2015. This issue’s focus is on the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF). It looks at the composition, timeline, secretariat and thematic focus of the ICESDF, while offering detailed information and options for civil society and others to engage with it. The primer’s purpose is to help navigate and understand the post-Rio+20, post-2015 and SDG processes.
A new paper by the German Development Institute (DIE) explores the issue of development finance. It argues that post-2015 will require greater and more efficient financing. It adds that the failure to establish a sound financial foundation risks jeopardising the success of any new development agenda right from the start. Although an intergovernmental Expert Committee on Sustainable Development Financing has been established, more high-level political dialogue on the means to implement the post-2015 agenda is needed. If the international community does not succeed in advancing this discourse properly, there is a risk of having “too little finance, too late”.
Below, you can watch a video of Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue and member of the Southern Voice group on Post-MDG international development goals. He is being interviewed by Anna Knoll on global discussions around post-2015 while he was attending the high-level plenary at the European Development Days conference.