Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
The 8th Session of the Open Working Group (OWG 8) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started 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 Wednesday 5th.
This briefing paper offers guidance on incorporating principles of substantive equality into the post-2015 agenda. It specifically urges that when taking reproductive rights and gender equality into account, states should: ensure that human rights are integrated across the entire framework; use the principle of substantive equality to address underlying causes of gender inequality and other discriminations; use international human rights law to guide implementation of all goals, targets and indicators; and ensure that women can access administrative or judicial remedies for violations of their reproductive rights, including access to information and services.
Conciliation Resources and Saferworld’s vision for including gender, violence and peace in the post-2015 framework is detailed in this paper. It would include, and go beyond a focus on women’s empowerment – giving due attention to the links between gender, violence and inclusive decision-making. Building on previous recommendations by both organisations, it suggests indicative targets and indicators to help integrate gender, peace and violence in post-2015.
In this paper, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) identifies 4 prerequisites and catalysts for the SDGs, and urges greater substantive engagement opportunities for business representatives and organisations to participate and shape the post-2015 development framework. Its 4 recommendations revolve around:
- Good Governance
- Economic Growth and Economic Empowerment
The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) takes a look at EU-Africa relations in 2014, and includes an overview of forthcoming milestones including the last push on the MDGs, the post-2015 process and negotiations, and the 4th EU-Africa summit in the context of these relations. Click on the link above to find out more.
The Youth Coalition has compiled a series of briefs on the importance of including youth and sexual and reproductive health rights in the post-2015 agenda. The briefs highlight the connections between sexual and reproductive rights and development issues, and feature key definitions, background information and recommendations. Click on the link above to find out more, click below to access the briefs:
- Youth Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Poverty
- Youth Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Human Rights
As OWG 8 continues into its final days. Saferworld explores how to best make the case for the inclusion of peace in the SDGs, following a round of discussion with members states and other policy actors in recent weeks. It includes an overview of blockages to the inclusion peace in the agenda, and a sample of suggested goals, targets and indicators.
UNOY have published an article on Youth Policy, looking at the links between youth and peacebuilding. Amongst other things, it urges member states to:
- Include peacebuilding and targets for positive peace in a goal on peace and security in the post-2015 development agenda
- Mainstream youth and peacebuilding among all future goals, targets and indicators in the post-2015 development agenda
- Recognise and include young people as specific stakeholders in a goal on peace and security, noting that they are both affected by conflict and instrumental to peacebuilding
- Recognise and include the role of youth led and youth based peacebuilding organisations in peacebuilding activities and promoting a culture of peace
- 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, especially to vulnerable or marginalised groups of young people.