Weekly Newsletter from the Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network 

Vol 11 Issue 01

12 February 2016
Message from the TAP Coordinators: 

Dear TAP Friends, 

These past couple of weeks have kept us all very busy, with many updates and intel to be found in this week's newsletter. With the release of the Secretary-General's Report on follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda, ongoing developments regarding the SDG and Goal 16 indicators process, things are really starting to pick up, with a plethora of opportunities for joint advocacy and coordination in these critical months ahead. Additionally, as you may have seen from our last newsletter and from a message from the TAP Steering Committee, we've secured funding commitments for this upcoming year from the donor group, meaning that our work will be continuing in this very important time for us. We also had our latest TAP Network conference call this week, so there are more details on the TAP funding situation, as well as on the latest intel on some of these processes in the notes from that call, which you'll find here and below. 

Looking ahead to the next few weeks, we'll be preparing for our advocacy on all of these fronts, and we very much look forward to putting some of these materials together with you all going forward. In addition to that, we're currently in the process of planning a handful of events which will be great opportunities to build on the work we've already undertaken as a Network, and help boost our advocacy messages and general awareness of TAP's work. And of course, we'll soon have some updates for you regarding the release of our Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit, as well as subsequent opportunities for engagement around that Toolkit going forward as well. 

Until then, we hope that the information below will be useful for gathering many of the highlights from these past couple of weeks, and please on't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all as well. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
TAP Network Conference Call - Wednesday 10 February 2016, 11:00 EST:

Please find meeting minutes here.
Apply to speak at President of UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs (21 April 2016):

For your attention, the President of the General Assembly has opened up a process for identifying speakers for his first High-Level Thematic Debate, which you can find more info on below.
To identify a speaker who could speak on behalf of the TAP Network for this opportunity, we’re launching an open nomination process in which you and your organization can apply to represent TAP, where we will put forward your name and organization in this application process by the PGA. To nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out the following google form by no later than WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY:

The TAP Network Steering Committee will take a decision on who TAP will put forward on our behalf, but please keep in mind that if selected by the PGA for this opportunity, you must be willing to take ownership for and deliver TAP’s collective advocacy points if chosen as a speaker, as you would be put forward as a TAP representative. Please note that while this is a funded speaking opportunity through the PGA’s office, if you are put forward on behalf of TAP for this opportunity, it does not mean that you will ultimately be chosen by the PGA as a speaker for this debate, and therefore there will be no funding support available from TAP in this case. 

Please let us know if you have any questions at all about this process, and looking forward to receiving your nominations.
UNDP/PRIO Expert Meeting on Measuring SDG 16:

On 28-29 January, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and UNDP Oslo Governance Center convened an Expert meeting on measuring SDG 16 targets on peace, inclusion and freedoms in Oslo, Norway. A handful of TAP colleagues and myself were present for this workshop, which was well attended by both experts and representatives of national statistical offices. The discussions were very fruitful, with many experts and NSOs supporting some of TAP’s priority indicators around 16.1, 16.3, 16.7, and 16.10. 

For your reference and perusal, you can find a chair’s summary from the event, which highlights some of the key areas of discussions and areas of convergence, attached here. For reference and context, you can also find a concept note for the expert meeting attached here as well. 
The President of the General Assembly will hold a briefing for stakeholders on the high-level thematic debates that he intends to convene during the resumed part of the seventieth session, today, 9 February 2016, at 13:15, in Conference Room 5

Opening remarks by H.E. Mr Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the General Assembly, at briefing for civil society on the PGA’s High Level Thematic Debates:
  • Stated he will do all he can to make these debates as inclusive, participatory and above-all as effective as possible.
  • The three events will seek to take a snapshot of the current state of play on each of the pillars of the UN; highlighting what work lies ahead of those seeking to become the next UN Secretary General.
Remarks by Ambassador Tomas Anker Christensen, Chef de Cabinet of the Office of the President of the General Assembly of the 70th session at briefing for civil society on the PGA’s High Level Thematic Debates:
  • The first of the three events is a High Level Thematic Debate (HLTD) on Achieving the SDGs on 21 April.
  • This meeting will take place back to back with the high level signing of the Climate Agreement on 22 April.
  • The aim of this event is to drive action to support implementation during this crucial first year. It will therefore focus, not on the “what” but on “how” we actually get implementation underway; and on who needs to take action to make that happen.
  • The HLTD will look at what member States are doing to get national level implementation underway and will also look at some of the key means of implementation including on finance, technology, data and partnerships as well as at climate-action.
  • In terms of stakeholder participation:
    • A dedicated registration process has been set-up online for all stakeholders wishing to participate in the event:
    • The meetings will be broadcast live on
    • UN DESA NGO division, in partnership with NGLS will also launch a speaker selection process. And three speakers – each representing CSOs, NGOs and the academic/science community – will be selected to engage in the discussion around National Implementation.
    • Also expect to have civil society participants engage on the other issues and these will be selected by the PGA office based on the specific issue which we wish to bring focus to.
    • In addition, in advance of this event, the PGA Office is running a google page on their website in order to collect virtual inputs from stakeholders across the globe.
    • Finally, they will encourage the moderators to give opportunities to civil society during discussions with participants.
  • The second high level thematic debate will take place on 10-11 May and will focus on the Peace and Security pillar.
  • It will offer member States a platform to draw out synergies from the recent reviews and to galvanize efforts to translate them into concrete conclusions.
  • It will help member States to begin to formulate a new vision on the UN’s role in the field of peace and security.
  • Encouraging a wide range of stakeholders including think tanks, civil society organizations, and individual experts to organize meetings and seminars to inform this High-level Thematic Debate.
  • A series of regional workshops and experts meetings are taking place in Brussels, Brasilia, Geneva, Cairo, Addis Ababa, Shanghai, Monrovia, Accra and lastly New York. And their conclusions will be presented during the high-level thematic debate and inform the discussion.
  • While these workshops are being organized independent of the Office of the PGA, in order to maximize their reach, all relevant information is available on the PGA’s website.
  • Are still in the process of determining the arrangements for stakeholder participation at this event, but hope that it will be on a par with that of the April event.
  • The third debate will take place on 12-13 July focusing on the Human Rights pillar and, in particular, on the United Nations’ critical role in this field.
  • It takes place as the UN mark the 50th anniversary of the international human rights covenants and as many people grapple with the relationship between the obligations arising out of these covenants and the SDGs themselves.
  • This event therefore seeks to address a number of crucial 21st century human rights issues such as tackling discrimination against women and broader patterns of inequality; strengthening the foundations for human rights in terms of good governance, the rule of law and access to justice; and addressing how best to support the active participation of citizens, human rights defenders and others in society.
  • Are also considering holding a dedicated segment on the current humanitarian and refugee crisis which can serve as a bridge between the World Humanitarian Summit in May and the Summit on migrants and refugees taking place next September.
  • This event will provide an opportunity to highlight how action globally to realize human rights can and is contributing to progress on peace and security and sustainable development.
  • Are engaging with a number of external actors to see whether some preparatory meetings are needed.
  • Will do all they can to ensure high levels of stakeholder participation in the event itself.
21 April: High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene, on 21 April 2016, a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will bring together political, business and civil society leaders to focus on kick-starting SDGs implementation. 

Registration is now open for all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, private sector and academia from the following categories: 
• Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council 
• Organizations accredited to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 
• Organizations accredited to the Financing for Development (FfD) process 

All organizations wishing to attend the High-level Thematic Debate will need to register by applying here: Applications for general registration are being accepted from 1 February – 28 March 2016. 

More information:
Stakeholder Contribution to the PGA’s High-level Thematic Debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals:

On Thursday, 21 April 2016, the President of the General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This event will serve to significantly increase international awareness and political momentum around the implementation of the SDGs. It will bring together global political, business and civil society leaders in New York to focus on kick-starting SDG implementation. A unique opportunity to address the synergy between the COP21 outcome and the 2030 Agenda, the meeting will serve as a platform to catalyse action, discuss concrete steps forward and mobilize potential implementation partners.

For more information on the event, please see:

In preparation of this important event, all relevant stakeholders are hereby invited to contribute to the discussions through this dedicated google page. Contributions will be made available publically to promote engagement and inform the Debate, in particular contributions from actors not able to be present. Feedback submitted via this form can be viewed here:

Apply to speak at President of UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs:

By 23 February: Apply for Selection Committee 

By 29 February: Apply for Speaking Roles

On Thursday, 21 April 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  

The Thematic Debate will feature a panel discussion on "Action at all levels," which will focus on national responses to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This panel will include three stakeholder representatives: one each from civil society, the private sector and academia.

At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN DESA and UN-NGLS are facilitating a process to identify these three speakers. Travel funding will be available for the speakers selected through this process.
Apply here for a speaking role or for the Stakeholder Selection Committee for this process: 
Applications received may be viewed here: 
Third meeting of the IAEG-SDGs 30 Mar - 1 Apr 2016 Mexico City:

Application for participation of stakeholders from civil society, academia and private sector

UN DESA Statistics Division, in collaboration with UN-NGLS, is facilitating a nomination process to identify representatives from civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to attend the 3rd meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators, taking place in Mexico City, Mexico from 30 March - 1 April 2016.

A volunteer Stakeholder Selection Committee will be set up to ensure broad and inclusive participation in the selection of stakeholder candidates. The committee will review all applications received through this process and determine a list of approximately 50 candidates to attend the meeting. For more information about the mandate and the work programme of the Committee, click here. Apply for the Committee here by 17 February 2016. Please note that members of the Committee cannot be considered to attend the meeting.

To apply to attend the meeting and for more information about the application requirements, please visit here. The deadline for application to attend is 21 February 2016.

Application deadlines:
  • Stakeholder Selection Committee: 17 February 2016
  • Application to attend the meeting: 21 February 2016
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Upcoming United Nations Meetings/Events:

February 2016

22-24 February: ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System – Session 6
22-24 February: ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016


March 2016

8-11 March: 47th Session of UN Statistical Commission 
31 March: 2016 ECOSOC Partnership Forum “From commitments to results: Leveraging partnerships for the 2030 Agenda” 
30 March - 1 April: Third meeting of the IAEG-SDGs Mexico City, Mexico