Friday
Oct312014

Consultations to continue on Post-2015 summit modalities 

Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, and Robert Aisi, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea, have been re-appointed as co-facilitators to continue consultations to finalize the draft resolution on the organizational modalities for the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

Petersen and Aisi co-facilitated consultations on the modalities during the 68th UNGA session, and submitted a draft resolution that constituted the basis for a consensus, per their letter of 12 September. It resolution was forwarded to UNGA 69 for action.

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Thursday
Oct302014

Road map for Financing for Development preparatory process updated by co-facilitators

As reported by the IISD, the road map and programme of work for the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) have been updated by the co-facilitators, George Talbot (Guyana) and Geir Pederson (Norway), following consultations with Member States on 17 October 2014.

As stated in the new documents there will be three informal substantive sessions that will address: The Global Context (10 November); Mobilization and effective use of resources (11-13 November); and Enabling environment, systemic issues, follow-up process and learning from partnerships (9-12 December).

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Wednesday
Oct292014

Accountability and the post-2015 development agenda – No 2

As reported by the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) in their update, the Regional Economic Commissions held consultations in August and September on a post-2015 accountability framework. These consultations will provide input into the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report, which is expected later this year. 

Synthesis Report of the Regional Commission Consultations

The Synthesis Report of the Regional Commission Consultations “Towards an effective monitoring and accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda: perspectives from the regions” builds on the regional consultations held in August and September: 

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Friday
Oct242014

IEAG draft report available for comment until 10.00 (GMT+1) Monday 27 October

The draft report of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the data revolution for sustainable development is now available online and open for comments until Monday 27 October, 10.00 (GMT+1).

The group invites comments on any aspect of the report, but please note:

  •  More specific comments, with reference to particular parts of the text, will be easier to take on board.  It will be easier, and therefore more likely, for them to make changes based on easily identifiable points and suggested language.
  •  In the interests of speed the Group has put an unedited draft on line, so please forgive any errors of spelling and grammar.

Please visit the group’s page to download the report and for further information. 

Thursday
Oct232014

IEAG Invites Comments on Data-Related Rights

As reported in the IIED Sustainable Development & Practice,  in a blog post two of the members of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development,  Carmen Barroso, Regional Director of the International Planned Parenthood Western Hemishere Region and Katell Le Goulven, Chief of Policy Planning, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have highlighted that the  consultations conducted by the Group have  indicated a shared concern for data-related rights. As they note, while data have the potential to empower people, there are privacy and accessibility implications that also need to be considered. 

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Tuesday
Oct212014

President of the General Assembly appoints Co-Facilitators for negotiations on post-2015 development agenda

HE Sam K Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly, has written to UN Permanent Representatives to announce his appointment of David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, as the co-facilitators "to lead open, inclusive, and transparent consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, including the organization and modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations and the remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda."

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Sunday
Oct192014

Opportunity to engage with African Union Chairperson on Social Media on 20 October at 14.30 East Africa Time

HE Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,  will interact with African Citizens, civil society, development partners and diaspora on social media on  Monday, 20 October at 14.30  East African Time (GMT+3) on a live TweetChat under the theme #theafricawewant. The channel to post questions, comments and suggestions on this theme  is twitter hashtag #DGTrends.

It is part of the build up to the 2014 High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa (DGTrends) scheduled for 30-31 October 2014 in Dakar, Senegal. The theme of the 2014 DGTrends is “Silencing the Guns: Strengthening Governance to Prevent, Manage and Resolve Conflicts in Africa”.

For further informaiton visit DGtrends.org.

Saturday
Oct182014

Co-Facilitators for preparatory process of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development set out roadmap to Addis

The President of the UN General Assembly has appointed HE George Wilfred Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana and HE Geir O Pederson, Permanent Representative of Norway as Co-Facilitators for the preparatory process of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

The first informal meeting took place on Friday 17 October beginning the process leading up the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13 – 16 July 2015.

As set out in General Assembly resolution 68/279, there will be a maximum of eight working days substantive informal sessions on relevant thematic areas, plus two working days for informal interactive hearings with representatives

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Friday
Oct172014

Urgent information about ISRRC - Call for proposals: Small advocacy grants for CSOs in the Middle East and North Africa

We have received the following information about the recent call for proposals for the IPPF advocacy small grants facility in the Middle East and North Africa region:

Due to a technical problem with the IT system, all applications  and enquiries for the below call for proposal were not received by the songsfund@ippf.org inbox. 

If you applied or know of a colleague who did, please resend to songsfund@ippf.org, and CC Katie Lau (klau@ippf.org), by Wednesday 22nd October 2pm London time.

IPPF apologises for any inconvenience.

Related: ISRRC - Call for proposals: Small advocacy grants for CSOs in the Middle East and North Africa

Thursday
Oct162014

High Level Panel Members call for seven actions for post-2015 negotiations

An open letter on priorities for the upcoming negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda has been issued by 18 of the 27 members of the UN Secretary-General's former High-level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including two of its three Co-Chairs. 

The HLP report called for five "transformative shifts" to underpin the post-2015 development agenda

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