Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
You can now read the closing remarks from the Co-chairs at the 6th Session of the Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Summarising discussions on means of implementation of the future framework, and on the need to build a new global partnership, and to mobilise new forms of development financing, it also touched on issues of trade, south-south co-operation, common but differentiated responsibilities and the role of corporations. It also looked at the place of African countries, Less Developed Economies, landlocked and Small Island Development States. You can also read IISD’s full summary coverage of OWG 6 here.
Stakeholder Forum have updated their timeline of post-Rio +20processes, including the OWG and post-2015 processes. Access the updated version by following the link above.
The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) has released a paper on security and post-2015. According to the abstract, “as we approach the final deadline for the MDGs, the discussion on the “post-2015 agenda” has raised the issue of whether – and how – security, peace, and development concerns can be linked together. To engage in this negotiation process and take advantage of its strategic partnerships with countries outside NATO or the EU, the German government should take into account four proposals that may help to identify common ground.”
The Swiss government has issued a statement calling for a post-2015 stand-alone gender equality goal, with 3 sub-goals: equality economic opportunities, freedom from violence against women and girls, and equal participation and leadership – while encouraging the mainstreaming of gender into other goals. The Swiss Government argues that it is necessary to address the root-causes of gender inequality, not only symptoms, and hence emphasises a cross-sectoral approach to effectively support a standalone goal.
The OWG on SDGs held an informal meeting on ‘Measuring Progress’ on December 17th in New York. The meeting looked at the role of data and statistics in the SDGs, and how targets with measurable indicators could be formulated. OWG co-chair, Csaba Kőrösi, asked stakeholders to explore what should be measured at different geographical and political scales; what capabilities would have to be developed for effective measurement; how to differentiate goals and targets based on different country needs; how to ensure data-transparency ; and what shape would the “data revolution” take and how it would affect statistical capabilities.
Members of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments submitted a contribution to OWG6, urging a stand-alone goal on “sustainable urbanisation”. They argued that it was a critical feature of the future development framework in order to mobilise the potential of local authorities to achieve sustainable development. Members argued that “ such a goal would not have urbanization as an aim but would focus on managing urbanization and ensuring a territorial approach to development so as to bridge the urban rural divide and put local governance and collaboration between citizens and their governments at the heart of the agenda.” Click on the link above to read the full statement.