Wednesday
Mar042015

2015 Declaration: Meeting great expectations (maybe)

We are pleased to post the Global Policy Watch article by Barbara Adams and Gretchen Luchsinger on The 2015 Declaration: Meeting great expectations (maybe)

The most recent step in the post-2015 negotiations was the 17-20 February debate in New York on the Declaration, meant to be the framework political statement. Despite strong emphasis on transformation and high aspiration, traditional lines were drawn between (mostly) Northern and Southern positions. 

At the same time, the debate was rich and nuanced, reflecting the increasing diversity of developing country concerns and their willingness to engage substantively on issues that will be critical to transformation. The process continues to suggest there is historic potential for redressing some of the longstanding imbalances driving deep social and economic disparities, and the impending collision with planetary boundaries. The notion that post-2015 is supposed to universally apply to every country and person in the world is unprecedented—never before has there been a development agenda this broad in scope. 

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Sunday
Mar012015

Post-2015: Conference call with major groups and other stakeholders

On Friday 27 February, representatives of civil society participated in a conference call involving Major Groups and other stakeholders to foster collaboration and cooperation in the process.

During the call, Nikhil Seth, Director of DESA DSD gave a short briefing. He said that the interaction with the Major Groups and other stakeholders during the second session of the intergovernmental negotiations had been the best to date. It was an important opportunity for civil society to reflect on the views of Member States and to “bring substance” to the deliberations.  

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Sunday
Mar012015

Global Movement for Children of Latin America and Caribbean: Child-friendly version of sustainable development goals and targets

The Global Movement for Children of Latin America and Caribbean (MMI-LAC) has produced a child-friendly version of the 17 sustainable development goals and targets. The publication was referred to in his presentation by Peter van der Vliet of the Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations during his statement during the recent General Assembly second negotiating session, when he said his 13-year old daughter had used it at school. 

Editor’s note: If the 17 goals and 169 targets can be made comprehensible to a 13-year old , is the argument really valid that there are too many goals and targets?

Wednesday
Feb252015

Summary of key points on procedure for indicators based on Stefan Schweinfest’s briefings during post-2015 intergovernmental negotiating session on Wednesday 18 February and for NGOs on Thursday 19 February

Stefan Schweinfest, the Director of the Statistics Division (UNSD) DESA, gave two briefings in preparation for the session of the Statistical Commission (Stat Com), 3-6 March 2015, during the second negotiating session – the first on Wednesday during the negotiating session and the second on Thursday for the NGOs, in which Francesca Perucci from the UNSD also participated.  

1 Background

The Stat Com is one of the ECOSOC Commissions, along with the Commission on Population and Development and the Commission on the Status of Women. It is serviced by the UNSD and meets annually with the participation of some 140 Chief Statistical Officers,

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Tuesday
Feb242015

Intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda, second session / Declaration

At the opening of the first informal meeting of the plenary of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, on Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, said that the “business of the week” was to discuss ways to break with the past by crafting a Declaration that focused on the future.

Co-facilitator David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, recalled that while the stocktaking session in January had reviewed the entire agenda for the negotiating process, this session would enable more detailed exchanges on the content, tone, and ambition of the Declaration. 

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Tuesday
Feb242015

Statement by Kiyomi Nagumo, WECAN on Violence against Women, Women full decision making, Climate and indigenous peoples 

Muy buenos Días, Mi nombre es Kiyomi Nagumo, hablo en nombre de la Red por la tierra y el Clima (WECAN) y Mujeres de Europa por un Futuro Común (WECF)

A pesar de que muchos países han tratado de generar políticas para erradicar la violencia estructural. Tenemos que tener en cuenta que las estructuras de maltrato no pueden ser eliminadas si no estamos consientes de que vivimos en un sistema patriarcal, que las mujeres somos asumidas como un objeto y que las construcciones normativas, sociales, jurídicas y económicas se basan en nuestros cuerpos. Por lo tanto parte de la economía mundial es fruto del trabajo impago que realizamos.

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Tuesday
Feb242015

Intervention from the Women's Major Group (WMG) Section on “Follow up and Review” Post-2015

19 Feb 2015, UN New York 

Thank you, Your Excellencies. 

I'm Malyn Ando from the Asian-Pacific Women's Resource and Research Centre for Women, and I represent the Women’s Major Group, comprised of more than 600 women’s organisations around the globe. 

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Tuesday
Feb242015

Statement delivered by Eni Lestari on behalf of the Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (RCEM) and the International Migrants Alliance

Delivered during General Assembly Informal Negotiations on Post-2015 Declaration, Thursday 19 February

Interactive Dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders

Thank you Mr. Co-facilitators for the opportunity given to us to be here and speak our respective issues and concerns in relation to post 2015 agenda.

I am speaking on behalf of the Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism and the International Migrants Alliance to ensure that the voice of the most affected and the most marginalized by the current development model are heard.

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Monday
Feb232015

March Registration link for the Post-2015 Negotiations

We have received the following information about registration for the 3rd session of the post-2015 development agenda negotiations in March:

Dear colleagues,

Please be advised that the registration for the March session of the Post-2015 negotiations (23-27 March, 2015) has been posted and can be found at: http://bit.ly/sdgsandtargets

The deadline for registration is 6 March, 2015. Please note that no registrations will be accepted after this date due to security protocols. Only those who do not possess a valid UN badge need apply for a special event ticket. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to attend the session.

Best wishes,

Ms. Anjali Rangaswami
Major Groups Programme
UN DESA/DSD

Email: rangaswami@un.org

Thursday
Feb192015

Intervention during General Assembly Informal Negotiations on Post-2015 Declaration, Thursday 19 February

Interactive Dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders

Marianne Haslegrave, Director, Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat), through RutgersWPF

Thank you, Mr Co-facilitator. Honorable delegates:

I am speaking on behalf of the Health in Post-2015 Coalition. The Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat) also contributes to the work of the Platform to promote SRHR Beyond 2015.  

At the outset we wish to thank Suriname for their powerful statement yesterday. 

Our intervention will focus on gender and health in the Post-2015 Declaration.

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