Post2015.org is collating news and events related to the post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals process in a round up post. Below, read today’s selection:
As the Millennium Development Goals’ expiration date of 2015 approaches, groups around the world have proposed various frameworks and priorities as the basis for the future global development agenda. Club de Madrid, an independent nonprofit organization composed of the world´s largest collection of former heads of state and government, has advanced a “shared societies” perspective for the post-2015 development agenda, which argues that the inclusion of all segments of society, especially marginalized identity groups should serve as a foundation for the new global development goals.
On February 7, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings will convene a high-level panel to discuss how social inclusion should fit into the post-2015 development agenda. Panelists will include Club of Madrid members: Kim Campbell, former prime minister of Canada; Wim Kok, former prime minister of the Netherlands; and Cassam Uteem, former president of Mauritius. They will be joined by Santiago Levy, vice president for Sectors and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank and John Podesta, a former member of the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Brookings Senior Fellow Homi Kharas will moderate the discussion.
After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.
In an informal session on February 4th 2014, the co-chair of the OWG on SDGs told delegates that informal consultations with member-states had allowed them to come to rapid agreement on the way forward for the SDGs.
The next steps will include the co-chairs formulating a stock-taking document that reviews everything discussed over the past year. This should be released on 14th of February 2014. A document compiling “priority areas” will also be released for member-states to discuss, from which a conversation on goals and targets may start. This document should be released on 21st of February, a week before the first negotiation session starts on March 3rd.
The Global Ocean Commission, an independent international commission addressing ocean health and high-seas governance, called for a stand-alone SDG on global oceans. Its co-chair, David Miliband, stated: “The high seas are in a state of anarchy. Regional stability, food security, climate resilience and a flourishing ‘blue economy’ are all at risk. […] Fragmented and inadequate management has pushed ocean systems to the point of collapse; a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal for the ocean can deliver integrated and holistic management across the whole ocean system.”
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