Friday
Dec192014

Unleash Adolescent Girls’ Potential: A Response to the UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report.

The response, with 80 signatures from over 15 countries, is available for download here

Friday
Dec192014

Women’s Major Group Response to the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report “The Road to Dignity by 2030”

The Women’s Major Group presents its analysis and response to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Report “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming all Lives and Protecting the Planet”. 

Friday
Dec192014

UNGA Reaches Informal Agreement on Post-2015 Summit Organization

As reported by the IISD, Member States have informally agreed on a draft resolution on the ‘Organization of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda,' which includes on the dates of the Summit, itself.  It will take place on 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US, with the 70th session of the UN General Debate beginning on 28 September.  (See: Consultations to continue on Post-2015 summit modalities)

The Summit will be convened as a High-level Plenary meeting of the UNGA and include plenary meetings concurrent with interactive dialogues. The rules of procedure and established practices of the UNGA will apply, unless otherwise decided.

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Thursday
Dec182014

Member States agree decision on modalities for the process of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda

Member States have reached agreement on the modalities of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. (See attached)

In summary:

  • The UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis report is noted. 
  • The negotiations will be held in accordance with General Assembly procedures and practices and the process will be open, transparent and inclusive as well as consistent with the resolution for the organization of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. 
  • The Co-facilitators will ensure the engagement of relevant stakeholders including major groups and civil society, also building on the practices of the Open Working Group (OWG). 
  • The outcome document will be prepared for adoption at the Summit and may include the following main components: Declaration; Sustainable Development Goals and targets; Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development; and follow-up and review;
  • The proposal of the OWG will be the main basis for integrating sustainable development goals into the post-2015 development agenda, while recognizing that other inputs, will also be considered; 

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Thursday
Dec182014

APWLD’s response to the UNSG’s Synthesis report

The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) has prepared its analysis of the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis report and has submitted it to the UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD. The full report can be accessed via its website.

Wednesday
Dec172014

European Union Council conclusions on a transformative post-2015 agenda 

The Council of the European Union (General Affairs Council), on 16 December 2014 adopted the Council conclusions on a transformative post-2015 agenda. These will underpin the positions of the EU during the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. It provides direction and guidance, without being too prescriptive. This is very important at this stage in the process. It is therefore important to read the full document carefully and to use it when working with the EU and its Member States. Meanwhile, some of the key points are highlighted below.

The Council conclusions note the great opportunity provided by the post-2015 development agenda “to address some of the key global issues facing the world today in a truly transformative manner.” Foremost among these issues are the interrelated challenges of eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development in all its three dimensions (environmental, social and economic). They emphasize the need for “an ambitious agenda” to address these challenges in a coordinated and coherent manner that “leaves no-one behind.” They consider progress so far and the opportunities ahead, as the next phase of the international process begins. 

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Tuesday
Dec162014

Addendum to Report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

An Addendum has been issued to the Report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (See: Open Working Group adopts Outcome Document on Sustainable Development Goals)  (A/68/970/Add 1) giving explanations of position and reservation on the report.

Apart from many reservations that were issued on Goal 16, a number of countries made reservations on Goal 3, target 3.7 and on Goal 5, target 5.6.

1 Summary of types of reservations on sexual and reproductive health and rights and related issues

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Monday
Dec152014

Side events during first negotiating session on post-2015 (19-21 January)

Please note that plans are already underway for the first session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which will take place at the UN in New York 19-21 January 2015. Those wishing to organize a side event during the session should see the following link: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=912&menu=1561

Sunday
Dec142014

Call for nominations: UN PGA's event on "Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda"

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), at the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), is conducting an open process to obtain nominations for a civil society speaker in the PGA's high-level event on "Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda" which will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 9-10 February 2015.

The individual selected will receive travel funding. Click here for further information see and to submit a nomination, please visit: http://bit.ly/PGA-MOI-nominate-CSO

Friday
Dec122014

The Health in Post-2015 Coalition’s response to the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis report on post-2015

As a coalition of advocates from health-related non-governmental organizations, engaged in the post-2015 development agenda process, we wish to highlight the following in our response to the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis report on post-2015, “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet”:

1) The need for a strong health goal and targets based on the right to health

We support a strong post-2015 health goal, as proposed by the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, which addresses the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals as well as new health priorities and challenges, including non- communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases, and universal coverage and equitable access to comprehensive quality health care encompassing preventative, diagnostic, curative, rehabilitative and palliative services. Central to maximizing healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages is realizing the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and equity in health outcomes.

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