Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources and news in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
Drawing on inputs from the UN system Task Team, this background paper feeds into a thematic debate on water, sanitation and sustainable energy on the 18-19th of February 2014 at the UN General Assembly. Looking into the themes of each roundtable, it outlines how Roundtable 1 can link water to poverty eradication, inequality and sanitation; Roundtable 2 addresses energy access and integrated sustainable energy systems. The 3rd Roundtable looks at the water-energy nexus, with suggestions for resource management, over-exploitation and long-term policies at all levels of decision making. The paper also looks at key questions which need to be addressed. You can also find out about the related event here.
The history of poverty and inequality trends and forecasted poverty rates up to 2030 are examined in this working paper. A rapid reduction in global poverty since 1981 is noted, but authors foresee a slowdown between 2020 and 2025. They also suggest two targets: 1) a benchmark for progress would be to “reduce the proportion of the population living below 1.25$ to 8% by 2030” and 2) “reduce the proportion of the population living below $2 a day poverty rate below 18% by 2030.” Different figures would allow for better monitoring in regions which have differential rates of progress. You can also find these suggested targets in the newly refreshed Future Goals Tracker.
This policy brief by IBON International provides an overview of current discourses on equality and inequality as a structural barrier to development. It also looks at framework issues when addressing inequality, such as sovereignty and human rights issues, and the role of states and civil society. It further suggests specific policies to tackle environmental, economic, social and political inequalities, as well as international inequalities.
Vivat International has released a statement, submitted to the 8th Session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It calls for land grabs to be addressed in the post-2015 framework. It highlights examples of communities’ rights being baffled, and outlines pre-requisites for land deals including free prior and informed consent, and avenues for redress.
Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals (SV) have released an activity update of their network members during the month of December 2013. The update includes an overview of their activity with the OWG on SDGs; their presence at UNGA side events; and Southern Voice’s role at the Bali WTO ministerial meeting amongst others.
Connections between peace, good governance and development are well documented – but remain highly controversial in post-2015 discussions, and run the risk of being excluded from the agenda when negotiations come to fruition. This report by the Center for International Cooperation seeks to understand this contradiction, and notes that objections to peace in the future development framework are political, not substantive. It outlines evidence, analyses political constraints and offers suggestions on how to deal with the political concerns it throws up.
Following last year’s Global Consultation on Population Dynamics and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, part of the set of global thematic consultations on a range of development issues, a outcome report has been released. It explains the linkages between contemporary development challenges, population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health. It is, to date, one of the most detailed contributions on why population matters for the post-2015 development.
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) recently launched a special issue of its newsletter, which looks at budgeting for environmental sustainability. Jens Martens, Director of the Global Policy Forum, sets out his idea of ‘Sustainable Development Budgets’, and their integral role in the post-2015 agenda. Click on the link above to access to full range of contributions, and to find out more.
This statement, released by a group of Health advocacy organisations and NGOs, calls for research and development in health to be integrated into the post-2015 development framework. They consider that health R&D has been too often sidelined in development discourse, and that post-2015 represents a unique opportunity to redress this deficiency.
This event will take place on the 6-7 of March, 2014. Stakeholders are invited to provide inputs by 28 February. Read the event description below:
“Women, young people and civil society have already made major and substantive contributions to the preparation of the Post-2105 Development Agenda with the overarching goal of poverty eradication. However, their continuing, full contribution and participation in the design, implementation and future evolution of this Post-2015 Development Agenda will depend on two fundamental factors: (1) the extent of social inclusion, and conversely, the persistence of challenges such as inequalities, discrimination and marginalization that impede unleashing the full potential, capacities and abilities of all people to contribute to inclusive sustainable development, and to share equitably in its outcomes, and (2) the degree to which they can safely claim dedicated spaces to contribute effectively to decision-making at the global, national and sub-national levels, and the scope to exercise accountability with decision-makers through their actions and voices.
These factors will affect not only the scope for women, young people including children, and civil society to engage in sustainable development, but also their ability to participate as actors, partners and contributors in a transparent, effective, integrated and coordinated manner. This calls for a two way-process of positive reinforcement between the strengthening of capabilities and the exercise of voice.”