Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
The 6th session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is now underway at UNHQ in New York. OWG 6 focuses on: means of implementation; global partnership for achieving sustainable development; needs of countries in special situations; African 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 about the first day’s events. Click hereto access the full set of OWG issue briefs.
Stakeholder Forum has published a new analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposals in its SDGs e-inventory, in order to inform the deliberations of the Sixth Session of the OWG on SDGs. The analysis relates to the thematic areas of the OWG meeting mentioned above. Crucially, several of the thematic areas being considered at OWG 6 were among the most popular topics within the e-Inventory: Human rights and Governance (global/regional) were both within the top 10 (out of 55) most selected thematic areas.
The OECD has released the 2013 The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) – read the abstract: “[It] is the key annual reference document for analysis and statistics on trends in international development co-operation. This year, the DCR explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to end poverty. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanised political support for poverty reduction. The world has probably already met the MDG target of halving the share of the population living in extreme poverty (USD 1.25 per day). Yet progress towards the MDGs across countries, localities, population groups and gender has been uneven, reflecting a fundamental weakness in current approaches. As the United Nations and its partners shape a new global framework to take the place of the MDGs in 2015, they face the urgent challenge of ending poverty once and for all. As this Development Co-operation Report (DCR) makes clear, this will take more than business as usual.”
The UN Development Group has released an issue brief on the topics of the 6th session of the OWG. Looking at the MY World survey results, it notes that the top 7 priority issues remain consistent across the world and country income-groups. It also points out that inequalities are often associated to human rights violations. The brief also underlines the desire for technological transfers and knowledge sharing, with global partnerships going well beyond ODA, and suspicion of international trade agreements.
A new joint statement, endorsed by FOKUS and 48 other leading human rights and development organizations, calls for human rights to be placed at the core of the new development agenda. Core elements they want to see the agenda include: human rights for all; transparency and participation in decision making; functional institutions and systems for accountability; a private sector should do no harm; the elimination of discrimination and reduction in inequalities; women’s rights; and the tackling of the structural drivers of inequality.
The German Development Institute (DIE) has released a paper outlining the benefits of migration for post-2015, and included recommendations on how to best make it work. Its 5 key points cover the following issues: Migrants’ rights, working and living conditions; international migration; the links between environmental change and migration; low-skilled migration and circular migration.
Ahead of the Communitas Coalition workshop on sustainable cities and human settlements, five discussion briefs were put forward by relevant experts. Each brief outlines suggested targets for a stand-alone urban SDG. The papers cover 1)integrated urban planning and design for city-region connectivity and efficiency and inclusive public space, 2) participatory democracy, poverty and inequalities reduction, 3) growth, prosperity and jobs for all within planetary boundaries with a focus on youth and women, 4) universal access to affordable and quality social services and public utilities including housing, water and sanitation, transport and energy, and 5) linkages with rural development, including food security and resources provision. Access them all by clicking on the link above.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Beyond Access, Article 19¸ Development Initiatives and CIVICUS have released a paper on Access to information in post-2015. It argues that access to information is crucial to everyone, especially those living in poverty, as it empowers them to exercise their political and socio-economic rights, enables them to be economically active and to hold their governments to account. As a result, they argue, it is crucial to the post-2015 process. You can also read more on the associated blog by Andrew Palmer on Devex.