Post2015.org is collating key post-2015 news in a round-up post. You can read today’s selection below:
A crowdsourcing initiative for youth priorities in the post-2015 development agenda was launched today, February 19th, by the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, in collaboration with other UN entities and international NGOs, youth groups and stakeholders. The initiative is part of the Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, announced on 31 January by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.
Building on the MyWorld2015 survey’s five key thematic outcomes – Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Health, Good Governance, and Peace and Stability, the Global Partnership for Youth and crowdsourcing initiative will work to identify youth priorities, and advocate for these to be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda. Click on the link above to find out more.
Minister and government representatives from 27 countries unanimously adopted the “Mexico Declaration” at the end of the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Consultations. Key recommendations from the declaration include, amongst others:
- A call for a transformative and comprehensive specific (stand-alone) goal to ensure gender equality, women´s rights and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 development framework, with clear goals, targets and indicators.
- Integrate gender mainstreaming throughout the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in all goals and indicators.
- Ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights, explicitly reaffirming the progressive and forward-looking agreements reached in the Montevideo Consensus of the First Regional Conference on Population and Development last year and the Cairo Programme of Action.
- The new post-2015 agenda and SDGs must build on lessons learned, by directly tackling both unequal power relations between men and women, and persistent social norms and gender stereotypes that impede sustainable development and discriminate against women and girls.
During the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) conference ‘A new global partnership: European Civil Society positions on the post-2015 framework’, held on 13-14th of February 2014 in Brussels, European civil society stakeholders discussed how to unite poverty eradication and environmental sustainability in post-2015. Recommendations from the conference will contribute to the forthcoming European Commission communication that will form the basis for the EU post-2015 negotiating position. Click here to read the IISD story on the event.