Post-2015 resources round-up

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

Paying for Zero: Global Development Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda

The Global Agenda Council released a paper looking at the requirements, challenges and opportunities for post-2015 development finance.  It argues that transparency and accountable financial flows will be critical to the success of post-2015; ODA will need to continue, even if extreme poverty is eradicated by 2030; new, improved instruments will be necessary to muster private finance; and that the private sector should play an important role in keeping governments accountable. You can also access the blog summary by Jonh MacArthur here. Comments on the paper will be accepted until February 14th.

Convergence and contention: The Least Developed Countries in post-2015 debates

In a new report, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) look at the challenges faced by Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It argues that LDCs will depend on the emerging post-2015 framework for assistance in meeting those challenges. However, questions remain on how to shape future goals which take LDC needs in account. The report looks at perspectives and options from diverse sources to identify areas of consensus and divergence in this matter. The aim is to assist LDC negotiators establish their positions and increase their collective bargaining power in post-2015 negotiations.

Event: Freedom of Expression, Media and Development: The Potential of Free Media in the Sustainable Development Goals

What role can freedom of expression and media play in post-2015? A free media ensures transparency and accountability, pre-requisites for good governance. This is the thread the up-coming policy-dialogue will explore on the 17th of February at the European Parliament. Organised by DW Akademie and the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), it will bring together stakeholders to outline opportunities for promoting freedom of expression in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You can also read DW’s associated paper on the issue here.

UN-NGLS issue briefs for OWG 8

The next session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs (OWG8) will be held between the 3 and 7th of February 2014. It will discuss Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity; Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment; and Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance. UN-NGLS has written a series of issue briefs on OWG topics. Click on the link above to access all of the briefs relevant to the forthcoming session. Remember you can also access the issue briefs produced by the OWG here.

Taking the Post-2015 Pulse of Davos

Global Pulse, working with the Millennium Campaign, is filtering millions of tweets and mapping them against post-2015 priority topics, to show what is being talked about the most. In that spirit, it sought to see how post-2015 conversations compared to 2014 Davos-related tweets. It produced the data-visualisation linked above, which represents the comparison between the two. The left hand side of the chart shows tweets linked to the 16 post-2015 topics, whereas the right-hand side shows post-2015 themes mentioned at Davos or #WEF14.

Post-2015 Development Agenda and the world’s most vulnerable countries

In this issue of The Commitment, interviews and issues of interest for vulnerable countries in the post-2015 agenda are brought to the fore. These include technology transfer, economies of landlocked states, private-sector partnerships, and the carbon bubble, as well as interviews with the Ambassador of Norway and permanent envoys of the United Kingdom and Nauru.

OECD: Measuring and Monitoring External Development Finance

The OECD has released a series of papers and reports on Development Finance. Their reflection paper on the issue looks at, amongst others: the need for a post-2015 funding strategy; the potential benefits of a wide range of new sources of development finance, playing transformational roles in the financing landscape; new financing needs, beyond the traditional scope of development – such as climate change and financing global public goods; the need for robust statistical systems; and outlines how OECD DAC is seeking to a develop new measure of total official support for development to better capture donor effort; a new way of measuring recipient benefit; and a modernised ODA definition. Click on the link above to access the full set of papers on the issue.

The Present Development Debate and Beyond

In an article in the UN-WIDER newsletter, its director Finn Tarp talks about the post-2015 agenda and the need for new development partnerships. He notes that the emerging multi-polar world means that the development scene is becoming more complex, with many new approaches, actors and donors. The landscape in which aid agencies have operated in until now is radically changing, and the vision for a global partnership developed under MDG 8 is no longer relevant. The post-2015 agenda consequently needs to broaden its vision. Click  on the link above to read the full article.

Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Goal Structure, Target Areas and Means of Implementation

A new paper by Paul Lucas (PBL), Marcel Kok (PBL), Måns Nilsson (SEI) and Rob Alkemade (PBL), entitled ‘Integrating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Goal Structure, Target Areas and Means of Implementation’ discusses how biodiversity and ecosystem services may be integrated in the post-2015 development agenda. It addresses goal structure, relevant target areas and means of implementation. The results are linked to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, and the related Aichi biodiversity targets, of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

An assessment of current proposals of goals and targets for the post-2015 development agenda identifies three partly overlapping but also complementary ways to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services in the goals: separate or integrated goals, goals addressing earth system functioning and/or goals addressing environmental limits. To avoid marginalisation of biodiversity within the broad set of goals, as was the case in the Millennium Development Goals, a separate goal on biodiversity and ecosystem services should be avoided. Instead, an integrated approach may be most desirable. Such an approach combines integrated goals on poverty eradication and environmental sustainability with a stand-alone goal on earth system functioning and/or environmental limits. Click on the link above to read the full paper.

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