Post-2015 resources round-up

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

8th Session of the OWG

The 8th Session of the Open Working Group (OWG 8) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started yesterday on Monday 3rd of February. It will last until the 7th, and will be the final “stock-taking” meeting of the group. OWG 8 will address the following topics: 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. Click here to access IISD’s full coverage of OWG8, and its summary of proceedings for Monday 3rd.

UN Development Group: People’s Voices – Issue Brief to the SDG Open Working Group.

This issue brief draws on the national, regional and thematic consultations undertaken over the last 2 years in the context of post-2015, and also includes analysis of findings from the MY World Survey. It looks at the topics addressed in OWG 8 this week. The brief notes how ‘honest and responsive government’ is one of the most cited priorities for post-2015. It draws attention to concern for biodiversity loss, noting that new ways of valuing the environment are needed. Equality emerges as a major concern, especially in conjunction with gender and health – crucially stakeholders seem to want it mainstreamed across the agenda.

Analysis of proposals in the SDGs e-Inventory related to the themes of the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

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 OWG 8. The analysis relates to the thematic areas of the OWG meeting: 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.  For oceans, seas, forests and biodiversity, it notes that many proposals include targets (especially in relation to the Aichi biodiversity targets), but few stand-alone goals. Inequalities are addressed in the majority of proposals in some form, with most calling for disaggregated data. Gender is also extensively mentioned with a consensus for a stand-alone as well as a cross-cutting goal. Governance, the most frequent topic in the e-inventory, is covered a diversity of ways.

UN-NGLS issue briefs for OWG 8

Remember, UN-NGLS has written a series of issue briefs on OWG 8 topics. Click on the link above to access all of the briefs relevant to the current session. Remember you can also access the issue briefs produced by the OWG here.

OECD: Enabling investment in sustainable energy infrastructure.

This paper, from the OECD Post-2015 reflections, looks at the challenges in increasing energy access. Amongst these challenges is mobilising private investment, while reducing obstacles to such flows; the need to reform fossil-fuel subsidies; adequate carbon pricing and coherent energy-policies. The paper also notes priorities for policy-makers, and how the OECD can assist.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network: SDSN TG7 Issue Brief – Planning and Implementing Action

In a brief focused on agriculture and food systems in the context of the SDGs, UN SDSN emphasises the need to distinguish large and small farms when looking at local solutions for “Sustainable Agricultural Intensification”. It urges that proposed solutions tackle issues such as innovation, market access and political leadership to allow for concrete action, especially in relation to crop improvement, and livestock and fish productivity.

Corporate influence in the Post-2015 process

This working paper by Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum and Misereor provides an overview of the main corporate actors in the post-2015 process and how they shape the discourse on development. It finds that their discourse is focused on public-private partnerships and voluntary initiatives, as opposed to pushing for binding multilateral agreements, leading to suggestions that they are trying to let governments and private actors “off the hook”. They also emphasise growth, free markets and new technologies as “silver bullet “solutions, without questioning the dilemmas of the growth paradigm. As a result, this paper advocates for greater transparency around corporate participation in the UN process.

A World without Violence Against Children: Children and young people’s voices and recommendations for the post-2015 agenda

Save the Children has compiled and shared the views of children and young people around the world. This report summarises their findings and emphasises that the prevention and response to violence against children is crucial to their survival, development and participation in society. More than 12 000 children between the age of 8 to 17 were consulted by different child focused agencies between 2012/13.  The report highlights that Girls and boys most want to end:

  • Physical and humiliating punishment in homes, schools, care institutions and other settings
  • Sexual violence and abuse in homes, schools, care institutions and other settings
  • Harmful child work
  • Child marriage, trafficking and other harmful practices

Statement: Post-2015: Access to information and independent media essential to development

Dozens of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and NGOs, including Article 19 and Civicus have signed the following declaration on access to information and independent media in post-2015:

“We believe that freedom of expression and access to independent media are essential to democratic and economic development. Freedom of speech and the media are means to advance human development and are ends in their own right.

We, the undersigned, therefore call on the Open Working Group to fully integrate the governance recommendations of the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons Report (A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development) into the proposed Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically in relation to its recommendations to:

  • Establish a specific goal to “ensure good governance and effective institutions”
  • Include as components of this goal a clause to “ensure people enjoy freedom of speech, association, peaceful protest and access to independent media and information” and to “guarantee the public’s right to information and access to government data””

Children speak about being free from violence and exploitation

ChildFund Alliance conducted 55 Focus Groups with over 1300 children, and analysed 6500 MY World votes from children to ascertain their priorities in any future development agenda. A series of common concerns and themes emerged in relation to their protection from violence and exploitation, including the right to non-discrimination and participation in decisions affecting their own lives; the wide range of abuse and exploitation faced by children; and the greater propensity for girls to be subjected to mistreatment.

The World We Want: Bangladeshi Youth Voices on a post-2015 World

The discussions and findings of three youth consultations held in Bangladesh between August and October 2013 are summarised in this report. It underlines emerging principles and ideas that young people have come up with to improve their livelihoods. 84 youth representatives from 30 youth-led organisations and institutions were consulted to understand young people’s vision of a post-2015 world, helping to ensure their voices get heard at all levels of policy-making.

Putting Peace at the Core of the Post-2015 Agenda: The g7+ strategy

Sef (Germany), in its most recent issue of Foreign Voices, argues that the MDGs were designed without taking the case of fragile states into account. Asking such countries to achieve the MDGs on par with non-fragile, peaceful states was unrealistic. It therefore argues that post-2015 should include peace at its core to avoid this mistake in the future agenda. It looks at Timor-Leste and Liberia as case studies, and makes recommendations on how best to include peace in post-2015.

AU Adopts Common African Position on Post-2015

The Common Africa Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government at the 22nd Annual African Union (AU) Summit on 31st of January 2014.

The Assembly has requested that the High-Level Committee on post-2015 should meet as soon as possible to launch the Common African Position in Ndjamena, Chad. The committee was formed to foster regional and inter-continental alliances around the common position, and to coordinate the activities of African leaders and the UN High-Level Panel on post-2015.

The articulation of Africa Development Goals, consistent with existing regional frameworks, was also endorsed by the assembly, agreeing that they should serve as monitoring milestones for progress on its Agenda 2063. Click on the link above to find out more from IISD.

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