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WHAT'S ON TAP

Weekly Newsletter from the Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) 
Post-2015 Network 

Vol 7 Issue 2

23 October 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: Happy UN Day!
Dear TAP Friends, 

Happy UN Day to all of you, tomorrow! As the UN celebrates its 70th birthday this weekend, we've reached a turning point in our own advocacy in our advocacy work after the Post-2015 Summit last month. With the IAEG-SDGs coming up next week, we'll be looking to collectively discuss and decide on how we measure progress against the SDGs at the global level. With these discussions looking to wrap up next week or within the next few weeks, our focus will shift to the follow-up and review discussions - an area where we have all contributed collectively over the past several months. Certainly, our work together on these issues will play a big role in the negotiations on the HLPF Review Mechanism in the new year, with various opportunities for inputs until then. 

We also want to thank all of you who have filled out the TAP Network Survey thus far. It will be a key element of shaping our funding proposal to our donors. We will keep this survey open for inputs on a rolling basis from here n out, as we are still very keen on receiving your thoughts on our past work over the past year and more, and where we can take our work in 2016 and beyond. 

A huge thanks also to all of you who engaged in our work around Goal 16 Global Indicators, where we have put together a very comprehensive set of recommendations and Metadata on these targets. Thanks also to those of you who have endorsed these inputs as well. You can find the final document that we will bring to the IAEG-SDGs next week in Bangkok here. We will also keep this document open for endorsements on a rolling basis from here on out as well, so please do let us know if you would like to endorse any of these inputs. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
www.tapnetwork2015.org
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
TAP Network Inputs into Secretary-General's Report on Global Follow-up and Review Questionnaire

As anticipated, UNDESA has circulated an online questionnaire for inputs into the SG’s report on global follow-up and review – more information on this UNESA’s email below.
 
As we’ve done previously for opportunities like this, we will now open up a process for synthesizing inputs from all of you, to submit a joint TAP response to the survey.
 
For those that would like to contribute to TAP’s inputs and responses to these various questions, you can provide your own answers to the questions in the following google doc, where we’ll compile everyone’s inputs: http://bit.ly/1MTnaSq
 
Please submit your inputs for this TAP synthesis submission by no later than Midnight on Monday, 9 November. Liam and I will then synthesize all of the inputs that we get and circulate to all of you for final review before sending it off to UNDESA.
 
We would of course encourage each of you to contribute to this questionnaire in your own organization’s capacity as well, and you can merely just provide the inputs that you’ve submitted to UNDESA in the TAP google doc as well, if you wish.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions at all, and looking forward to receiving your inputs.
Updated Provisional Agenda for IAEG-SDGs and responses from Member States:

For those of you who are following the IAEG-SDGs and SDG global indicators processes, please note that the UN Statistics Division has updated the Provisional Agenda for the IAEG-SDGs meeting in Bankgok next week. They have also updated the responses from IAEG members on the indicators proposal on the website as well.
 
A few quick notes on the agenda: By the looks of the agenda, it seems as if they will only dedicate 1.5 days (three sessions) to the discussion of the proposed global indicators list, with the aim to finalize this list and the report to submit to the UN Statistical Commission by the end of the day on Wednesday. This timeline is quite ambitious, and quite honestly from my own perspective seems a bit rushed and may very well just be “wishful thinking”, but I suppose it is possible to push things through in these three days of the IAEG-SDGs.
 
We’ll keep you in the loop as we find any more information on this programme and timeline, and as things develop on this front. 
UPDATES/INTEL
Extension of Deadline (25 October) Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team:

Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs.

The mechanism will be comprise of:
– A United Nations inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals;
– A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals;
– An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

In operationalizing these components, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further decides that the United Nations inter-agency task team will work with 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to prepare the meetings of the multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as in the development and operationalization of the online platform.

For more information about the technology facilitation mechanism please see: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism

The 10 representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community will be appointed by the Secretary-General for periods of 2 years, taking into consideration geographical and gender balance and ensuring a mix of disciplinary expertise capturing science, technology and innovation aspects across the full range of the sustainable development agenda. The 10 representatives will serve in their independent, personal capacity and shall have internationally recognized excellence in their field or fields of expertise. The role is considered voluntary, and is not subject to remuneration.

In ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency task team are hereby inviting interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by 25 October 2015, by completing the following form: http://bit.ly/1iYWPa5 for final selection by the Secretary-General.
2030 SD Agenda: Questionnaire on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level (deadline 15 November 2015):

As you are aware, in paragraph 90. of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld), Member States requested the Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, to prepare a report, for consideration at the current 70th session of the General Assembly in preparation for the 2016 meeting of the HLPF which outlines critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level.

In order to informally contribute to the reflection, Major Groups and other Stakeholders are hereby invited to provide their views and inputs on these issues by completing an online questionnaire available at: http://goo.gl/forms/KXWkLSs153.  Please note that the deadline for providing inputs is midnight on Sunday, 15 November 2015. The inputs and responses received will be made available on our website (sustainabledevelopment.un.org).

Partnerships for SDGs is an online platform for encouraging global engagement around multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The platform is currently in a draft (beta) version, with a full version including additional functionalities to be launched in January 2016, responding to the needs of the users and to the requests of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Views are now sought from all stakeholders through an online survey, with the results from the survey to guide the development of the projected "full version" in achieving its aim of becoming a tool to encourage global partnerships engagement around the SDGs.

Click here to access the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P9R7sFpr1h1XhS0vEp7ELU2l35masoikDVtfVbRCf2g/viewform

Please complete the survey by 15 November 2015.

Partnerships for SDGs: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships

Register initiative today at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnership/register/

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