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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

Vol 8 Issue 1

13 November 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: Continuing our work Post-2030 Agenda Adoption

Dear TAP Friends, 

By now, I expect that any thoughts that our collective work would slow down after the Post-2015 Summit a couple of months ago have been thoroughly shattered, as work there are still many processes and opportunities ahead of us in the coming months, and new year ahead. Next week, the IAEG-SDGs is expected to finalize this first stage of their work, and finish a draft report to the UN Statistical Commission on proposed indicators for the SDGs. As this has been a strong focus of our work these past several months, we will need to keep a watchful eye on the outcome of this group, as well as the opportunities for our inputs and engagement going forward - as this report will merely be a first step in our collective work to measure global progress against the SDGs and Goal 16. Looking ahead to the negotiations on the 2030 Agenda's follow-up and review mechanism next year, the ECOSOC President will convene a retreat for Member States to provide an informal avenue for these discussions to take shape. As we have notified you previously, I was selected by our stakeholder peers working around the HLPF, to represent broader stakeholders at this workshop. While I will not be representing TAP in this capacity, I would encourage you all to contribute to our preparations for this retreat as well, so please be on the lookout for additional information from us. 

As always, we hope that the regular updates we provide for you throughout the weeks has been useful, and of course we would encourage those of you who have any questions about anything to please reach out as well! 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
www.tapnetwork2015.org
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
Update on Representatives for ECOSOC President's Retreat on HLPF - Nov 21-22

Following up on the opportunity forwarded to all of you recently (which you can find below) – a quick note to let you all know that I was one of the three civil society colleagues that were selected by the HLPF Working Group to participate in the ECOSOC President’s Retreat on the HLPF during the weekend of 11/21 – 11/22, along with Naiara Costa from Beyond 2015 and Chris Dekki from Communitas Coalition/Pax Romana/Children and Youth MG. I’m of course very grateful for having been put forward from a great group of highly-qualified nominations, and in my view, it’s a reflection of the great work that this Network has undertaken on these HLPF and follow-up and review/accountability issues over the past year and more. 

As this is an opportunity to represent civil society stakeholders more broadly at this Retreat, I will not be representing the TAP Network in this capacity, and instead will focus my work and efforts into consulting with all relevant stakeholders for inputs into this meeting. However, we will be in touch with all of you as we put together opportunities for inputs into this retreat, for anyone who is interested in contributing on this front, and of course in follow-up from this meeting as well. So please be on the lookout for subsequent opportunities and materials over the coming week or so ahead, as we’d of course encourage all of you to contribute in your individual capacities, as you see fit. 

In addition to these opportunities for inputs in the week ahead, there will be a preparatory meeting of the HLPF WG with the 3 colleagues participating in the retreat on Friday, 20 November, at 9:30 a.m. in conference room 7 in the North Lawn Building. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all, and we’ll be in touch as we find out more details on the meeting from the ECOSOC President. 
Update on Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit Consultant:

On behalf of the TAP Network Steering Committee, we just wanted to update you on the process of putting together a Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit that we have previously mentioned to you all. We are pleased to announce that the Steering Committee has chosen Ms. Charmaine Rodrigues to take the lead in drafting this toolkit for the Network. Charmaine has extensive experience in drafting similar toolkits on related issues for other CSOs, and her strong background in capacity building in various countries and working with the UN will surely be an asset to her when putting together this TAP toolkit. 
 
Yesterday the Steering Committee had a constructive conference call with Charmaine and discussed the outline of the Toolkit as well as the timeline for its production. In the coming weeks ahead, Charmaine will reach out to many of you for inputs into this Toolkit, as needed, and the Steering Committee and the Coordinators will assist her in these efforts going forward. We will keep you updated on the progress of the toolkit as things develop. 
 
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us on the Steering Committee, or the TAP Coordinators, if you have any questions at all about the toolkit, and the Coordinators and Charmaine will be in touch in due course to follow-up.
UPDATES/INTEL
Results from the IAEG-SDGs Open Consultation are Now Available:

A document containing the inputs provided by the Observers of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and other stakeholders during the open consultation on proposed global SDG Indicators coded as “green” has been posted online.

Download: TAP Network Priority Indicators and Metadata for Goal 16
Download: TAP Network Response to Second Meeting of IAEG
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).
Security Council Debate on Peaceful Societies and Conflict Prevention - Tuesday, 17 November:

For those of you who are interested, the Security Council will host an “Open Debate on Peaceful Societies and Conflict Prevention during the morning of Tuesday 17 November.” 
 
For those of you who would like to follow the discussions of this meeting outside of New York, you can watch the meeting on UN Webcast at www.webtv.un.org on Tuesday morning. 
Please find available resources on TAP Network activities and outputs on our official website at http://www.tapnetwork2015.org
                                                              TAP Network Position Papers:
Follow us on twitter @TAPNetwork2015: 
Please follow TAP Network Twitter account at @TAPNetwork2015. We will update this twitter feed regularly and we will use it to share relevant information or resources, and possibly even live-tweet from negotiation sessions, with statements on TAP issues from Member States.
TAP Network Calender of Post-2015 Events

Upcoming United Nations Meetings/Events:
 

November 2015

30 November – 11 December: UNFCCC COP 21 Paris, France

December 2015

30 November – 11 December: UNFCCC COP 21 Paris, France

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