Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
This proposal was drafted by 50 civil society organizations, and was coordinated by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. It argues that open, inclusive, accountable and effective governance need to be placed at the heart of the post-2015 framework – both in a standalone goal and across other goals, noting that good governance is both an outcome and enabler of development. It suggests that a stand-alone goal on “ensuring open, inclusive, accountable and effective governance”, and suggest the following 5 targets:
- Enable all people and public bodies to obtain detailed and reliable information on sustainable development in a timely and accessible manner: in particular, information about what resources are available, how they are raised and spent and what results they contribute to.
- Curb corruption and illicit financial flows, which drain away huge sums in much-needed funds.
- Enhance the effectiveness of public institutions in curbing poverty and promoting sustainable development and maximise their accountability for the use of public resources.
- Ensure public backing for efforts to curb poverty and inequality by enabling participation of all people in the design, delivery and monitoring of policy, without exclusion or discrimination, and by ensuring rights of free speech, assembly and access to information.
- Enhance the accountability and positive impacts of business by ensuring full disclosure of relationships between corporations and states and requiring corporations to report to a consistent standard on their impacts on the environment, society and human rights.
The premise of this report is that the silence of the MDGs on governance has been one of their weaknesses, and this should be corrected. However, it acknowledges that governance is a complex issue which occasionally leads to the conclusion that it is impossible to measure. In turn, it suggests that in relation to specific dimensions of governance, sufficient progress has been made recently to design useful indicators and measures, especially nationally. It foresees greater difficulties, however, pursuing his endeavour at the global level. Click on the link above to access the full abstract and the report.
First drafts of 10 statistical notes prepared for the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been released by the UN Statistical Commission’s (UNSC) Friends of the Chair (FoC) Group on Broader Measures of Progress. The notes seek to support the OWG with statistical information on existing and needed data to monitor potential future goals, as covered by the OWG issue briefs. Each note looks at policy issues, potential goals and targets, methodologies, existing new indicators including those set out by the MDGs, data requirements and challenges. The notes are also the first attempt at establishing a monitoring framework for the future goals. They focus on education and culture; energy; human rights; macroeconomic policy; means of implementation; countries in special situations; population dynamics; science, technology and innovation; sustained and inclusive growth and infrastructure development and industrialisation. Click on the link above to access the full set of notes. The finalised version of these documents will be released on February 14th.
Written by Deutsche Welle (DW), this paper argues that access to information, freedom of expression and an independent media are crucial to a sustainable post-2015 future, and should therefore be explicitly included in the future development framework. It looks at two options: First, integrating “information access and freedom of expression” as one of the new future goals; secondly, integrating transparency, accountability and free media in a “good governance” goal. Click on the link above to read the full paper.