Post-2015 resources round-up

Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post.  Below, read today’s selection:

Summary of OWG 7

IISD has released a summary report of the proceedings of the 7th Session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which you can view alongside day to day coverage of the proceedings. Click here to find out more about IISD’s coverage.

IGES discussion paper: Making Sustainable Consumption and Production the Core of the Sustainable Development Goals

This discussion paper, by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, argues that Sustainable Consumption and Production needs to be integrated into the SDGs. There would be two options for this: formulate a stand-alone goal, or include it as a cross-cutting objective across other goal areas. The paper outlines the principles for elaborating sustainable consumption and production targets, and the corresponding monitoring framework.

Options for integrating climate change considerations info the post-2015 development framework. 

This paper, by Bernadette Fischler of CAFOD, presents five options for integrating climate change in the future development framework. Option 0 would have it featured as a ‘narrative only’, option 1 would seek to include climate change targets across all goal areas, while option 2-4 would combine mainstreaming as well as a stand-alone climate-goal, with a “climate plus” goal, a climate change goal with agreed commitments, or a goal with science-based targets amongst the options. The paper explores the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Women’s Major Group contribution to OWG7 on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, OWG7.

In a position paper analysing the proposals of TST’s Climate Change and DRR brief, the Women’s Major Group argues that SDGs are unachievable without a human-rights and social-justice framework. The paper also highlights the gender imbalance of delegations taking part in the SDG/post-2015 process, urging the further engagement of women in policy and decision making processes, from the local to global level, while reducing gender-based gaps and inequalities across all areas of development.

A call for action: Disaster risk reduction makes development sustainable

The UNDP has released a call to action on the links between DRR and sustainable development: “The past two decades have seen some of the worst disasters caused by natural hazards ever recorded. Disasters have killed more than a million people, affected 4.4 billion and cost the global economy more than 2 trillion dollars since 1994. With populations exploding and urbanization increasing rapidly, more and more people, often those who live in the poorest countries, are being exposed to natural hazards. At the same time, climate change threatens to push disaster risk perilously out of control, as extreme weather becomes more frequent. Unless disaster risk reduction is integrated into poverty eradication strategies, the cost of natural hazards and the threat they pose to development will continue to increase.”

A space for peace: inclusion of youth and peacebuilding in the post-2015 development agenda.

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders  (UNOY) is a global network of 60 grassroots youth-led or youth-based peacebuilding organisations in 36 countries. In its report, it argues that to realise a truly transformative shift that positively impacts development in conflict affected and fragile states, young peacebuilders must be given a space to act in a global agenda beyond 2015. It makes 6 recommendations: Include peacebuilding and targets for positive peace in a goal on peace and security; mainstream youth and peacebuilding among all future goals; recognise and include young people as specific stakeholders in a goal on peace and security; recognise and include the role of youth led and youth based peacebuilding organisations in peacebuilding activities; create a participatory monitoring framework that has built in mechanisms to ensure young people’s active participation in evaluating the post-2015 agenda; commit to funding resources and mechanisms for raising awareness and extending the outreach of the post-2015 agenda to all young people.

UNFUNDS: Africa Rising? A Post-2015 UN Development Agenda

Africa’s recent economic performance is impressive, but major obstacles remain. African governments lack political will, while the landscape of international institutions is crowded and confused.  Moreover, the UN development system’s support for Africa and its institutions is disjointed.  Under these circumstances, meaningful coordination is elusive – perhaps even a fool’s errand.   The UN development system has a lot to offer Africa, but it requires urgent rationalization if it is to find a coherent voice […] A post-2015 collaborative development framework could explore a number of possibilities. First, a paradigm shift in development strategies towards a more comprehensive structural overhaul of African economies.  Second, the work of the UN system should help reinforce African-determined priorities, not the other way around. Third, resource mobilization will be critical to any UN development agenda and partnership with Africa.

You can also check out this video on “The Post 2015 Development Goals: Solving the Puzzle”:

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