Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources and news in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
A workshop on “Governance ‘of’ and ‘for’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” took place on February 1st 2014 in New York. Sponsored by the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Earth System Governance Project, the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU IAS) and the POST 2015 project (funded by the Japanese Ministry of Environment), it addressed the following topics: the functions of SDGs, including targets and indicators; how governance could be included in the agenda; resources required for implementing the goals; the relationship between the SDGs and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); the monitoring, evaluation, and financial mechanisms of the SDGs; and UN engagement with external stakeholders to fulfill the development agenda. The meeting was conducted under Chatham House rules.
Academics discussed the mechanisms, functions and design of the SDGs. They later joined practitioners to discuss the main-themes further in break-out discussions. Conversations noted the need to separate aspirational from problem-solving goals. The role of goals in mobilising political attention was also highlighted. Specifically on governance, participants agreed that a stand-alone goal and mainstreaming would be preferable, however it was cautioned that as the definition of ‘governance’ is ever in flux, it would have to be carefully defined in the agenda.
A report summarising the workshop will be made public soon.
In the ODI’s January podcast, Helen Clark – head of the UNDP – talks about the latest developments in the post-2015 development agenda. In addition, Helen Dennis of the Beyond 2015 UK campaign group reveals whether civil society makes much of the discussions so far.
Ahead of Eighth Session of the Open Working Group (OWG 8) on SDGs, the Addressing Inequalities Networked Alliance (AINA) ran a global e-consultation from December 16th 2013 to January 17th 2014 on the “Promoting Equality, including Social Equity” issue brief of the OWG technical support team. The brief was at the heart of the recent deliberations in OWG 8. The synthesis of that consultation is now available, click on the link above to access it.
You can also read Equity for Children’s submission to the Consultation, which responds specifically to the following question: “After reading the issues brief, what do you think needs to be added? What do you think needs to be removed? How would you improve the document?”
The following were identified as the most important issues to overcome:
- Lack of political will and thus lack of budgetary allocations to equity programming and equity enhancing policies
- Lack of governance and social accountability , high levels of corruption
- Donor priorities looking at short term impacts resulting in dispersion of small vertical projects.
- Lack of common strong advocacy
- Lack of disaggregated data to justify equity focused programmes
- Policy bias to middle class in richer countries
- Lack of adequate human resources in developing countries
- Prevailing social and cultural norms, discrimination
Mr. Ashe, UNGA president, has announced six major initiatives to pursue progress on sustainable development after 2015. In the coming months he will convene three high-level events focused on women, youth and civil society (6-7 March); human rights and rule of law (17-18 June); and South-South cooperation, triangular cooperation and information communication technology (ICT) for development (20-21 May).
Three thematic debates will also be held on the role of partnerships (9-10 April); how stable and peaceful societies can contribute to development (24-25 April); and on the way that water, sanitation and sustainable energy (18-19 February) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. Click on the link above to find out more.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called for a “stand-alone goal or goals on equality and non-discrimination that addresses all kinds of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex” in the post-2015 framework, as she spoke to the 57th Session of Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) being held in Geneva. Click on the link above to find out more.
The OECD has written a series of papers on the post-2015 development agenda, a number of which have been featured on post2015.org over the past few months. However, you can access the full series entitled ‘OECD and Post-2015 reflections’ by clicking on the link above. Topics explored include poverty, education, gender, sustainable energy and infrastructure, monitoring and statistical systems, policy coherence for sustainable development, effective development co-operation, and development finance.