Post-2015 resources round-up

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

Workshop: Embedding the environment in the Post-2015 Agenda

The workshop which involved civil society and think tank representatives from around the world was held in Berlin on 27-28th of January. Jointly organised by Adelphi, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the German NGO Forum on Environment, along with support from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, it discussed the future Sustainable Development Goals, exchanged views on regional and thematic priorities and noted that the environmental dimension needed to be better embedded in post-2015. The reluctance of governments to commit to Sustainable Development – beyond rhetoric – was also analysed, as well as flawed measurement systems (such as GDP), and distorting subsidies.

The Girl Effect: Voices of Post-2015

The Girl Effect has put together an interactive page which lets users explore the voices of the girls and women they spoke to when drafting The Girl Declaration. The girls speak of their hopes, dreams and ambitions as the site brings their input together to channel it into a post-2015 vision. Click on the title link to access the animated site.

Trade policy and the post-2015 agenda

This briefing, written by Alice Tipping in the Bridges Trade BioRes Review from the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, notes that trade is under-discussed in the post-2015 debate. This is despite the fact that it plays a key role in shaping economies, communities and the environment. It should therefore be seen as part of the solution for environmental protection, human development and economic growth post-2015.

The Business Role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Center for Strategic and International Studies is holding an event on February 18th on the role of business and the private sector in shaping and achieving the post-2015 global development agenda. Panelists will discuss the need for the next round of goals to focus on improving the business environment and enabling conditions for economic growth, and the potential role of the private sector in creating jobs and fostering economic stability.

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

This paper, featured in the Sustainability Journal, looks at the current proposals for goals, targets and indicators in the SDGs in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services. It considers how both can be integrated into the final framework, and offers its own vision of target areas and means of implementation. It also responds to a call of the CBD to consider the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi biodiversity targets in the post-2015 agenda.

Gender inequality addressed by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

Following the eighth session of the Open Working Group (OWG 8) on SDGs, which looked at gender issues as part of debates on inequality, UN women has compiled a summary of gender and equality-related proceedings. It notes the OWG’s co-chairs focus on addressing inequality through affordable education, social protection, health care and productive/employment opportunities. Also highlighted were the needs of vulnerable, usually marginalised groups. Broad support for action on eliminating violence against women and girls was also noted, as well as action on women’s political and economic empowerment and participation. Click on the link above to read the full overview.

Paul Ladd podcast: A data revolution for development

In this podcast, Paul Ladd from the UNDP talks about the data revolution after last month’s conference on data and accountability in post-2015 in New York. Paul Ladd was himself involved in the event, and shares some of his insights here.

What next for the OWG?

Stakeholder Forum has outlined the next steps of the OWG on SDGs in a useful summary document. It includes an overview of the next milestones and meetings. Click on the link above to access it.

Multi-stakeholder programme launch: Sustainable development 2015

Stakeholder Forum is launching a new programme in partnership with CIVICUS and in collaboration with UN DESA and undertaken with the financial assistance of the European Union: Sustainable Development 2015 – Enhanced Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in the Post-Rio+20 and Post-2015 Processes (SD2015)

“The two year SD2015 programme will provide tools and opportunities for all stakeholders to participate in the global deliberations on and around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the wider post-2015 development agenda, through the following five focus areas: Raise Awareness; Increase Engagement; Empower Stakeholders; Coordinate Advocacy; and Strengthen Governance” Click on the link above to find out more.

EVENT: A New Global Partnership: European Civil Society Positions on the Post-2015 Framework

13th-14th of February 2014 in Brussels: “At the request of the European Commission, an EESC Conference “A new global partnership: European civil society positions on the post-2015 framework” will bring together stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds to voice their positions and to debate on the Post-2015 framework:

  • its underlying principles of integration and universality,
  • priority themes it should address,
  • its implications and the transformations that will have to take place in our societies.

The conference conclusions and recommendations will provide timely input to the upcoming Communication of the European Commission, which will lay the ground for a more detailed EU position at the launch of the negotiations in 2014.

This conference is prepared in broad partnership with civil society organisations and networks involved in the Post-2015 debate.”

IIED Youtube Playlist from its Wilton Park event on post-2015:

“From 29-31 January 2014, IIED hosted a conference at Wilton Park to enable frank and open dialogue between those in the political process of setting the ‘sustainable development goals’ and those in least developed countries (LDCs) who will need to implement the goals.

It brought together politicians, diplomats, civil servants and representatives of UN agencies, research institutions and non-governmental organisations to explore how the needs of the LDCs can be put at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. This playlist comprises a series of interviews with delegates.” Click on the link above to access the playlist.

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