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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

Vol 9 Issue 1

4 December 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: 

Dear TAP Friends, 

With the holiday season fast approaching, things have not slowed down in the slightest, with opportunities and entry points for our collective work still abound and coming up. We know that many of you are in Paris for COP21 – so from those of us following the process from the outside, know that we’re there with you in spirit and salute your efforts to help ensure a successful outcome! 

Despite the onset of the cold winter weather, things have recently started to heat back up again, with an overloaded UNGA Second Committee agenda, a newly launched consultation opportunity for the SDG Indicators through the IAEG-SDGs, and initial preparations for the 2016 HLPF and ECOSOC deliberations in full swing. Anticipation is building for the Secretary-General’s Report on Follow-up and Review for the 2030 Agenda, which is set to be released this month, and will reignite our collective work on these issues and set the stage for our work in early 2016.  

We have many updates for you in the newsletter below, and we hope that you’ll join us for our final TAP Network call of 2015 on Wednesday, 9 December at 9:00 EST / 14:00 GMT (details below). It will be a great opportunity for us to convene one last time before everyone takes off for the holidays – and with so much anticipated work ahead of us upon our return, we will need to prepare ourselves to coordinate collectively so we can engage with these processes immediately. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments on any of the below updates, and we look forward to speaking with many of you on Wednesday! 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
www.tapnetwork2015.org
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
Very important updates on TAP Network work and next TAP Network Call - Wednesday, 9 December, 9:00 EST / 14:00 GMT

A few quick updates for all of you on some of our upcoming work, as we approach the holidays. We know that many of you are in Paris for COP21, or are on holiday leave already, so to be as efficient as possible, we’ve provided some very important updates below.
 
Next TAP Network Call: Wednesday, 9 December, 9:00 EST / 14:00 GMT
We will have our next TAP Network call on Wednesday, 9 December, 9:00 EST / 14:00 GMT. This will be our last call before the holiday break, so it will be a very important opportunity for us to reflect on our work these past several months and take a look at some of the imminent opportunities for our joint work in the first quarter of 2016, of which there are many.
 

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS:

Ways to Join:
Go to: https://www.uberconference.com/wfuna or just call 888-919-9843. No PIN needed.
Alternate #: 646-791-6815
Additional international access dial-in numbers
 
TAP Network thematic experts on various Goal 16 issues
As we continue our collective work on many fronts around Goal 16, it will be necessary for us to identify particular areas of expertise. As such, we’ve put together a form for you to identify areas of expertise from your organizations, which you can fill out here. While we’ve certainly gotten to know most of you (and your work) very well this past year, this is a very long overdue attempt for us to map out and gather data/information on each of your individual organizations’ work and expertise around Goal 16 issues. This will be very important for us, particularly in the year ahead, as we will turn to all of you much more for your expertise on various Goal 16 issues and related work. Without filling this form, we potentially won’t be able to include you in our thematic work around various issues going forward, so it is very important for you to provide this information for us, and it will take you less than 1 minute to fill out.
 
Please fill out the following form to tell us a bit more about your organization’s work and expertise: http://bit.ly/1lzfv0D
 
Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit Update
We’ve heard from many of you who are eager for updates on the Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit we are currently putting together, and we are working diligently with our consultant Charmaine Rodrigues to put something together and finalizing things within the next month or so. We will be in touch very soon with all of you in this regards, as we will soon be looking for TAP organizations to provide case studies for advocacy/work around Goal 16 issues that we can highlight throughout the toolkit – so please be on the lookout for that from us in the coming days ahead. We will make this case study gathering an ongoing project for TAP, as we’d like to use the TAP Network website (to be overhauled soon) as a platform for resources for and from TAP Network organizations going forward.
 
TAP Inputs for IAEG-SDGs Open Consultation on “Grey” Indicators
Earlier today, we circulated information to all of you regarding the latest open consultation by the IAEG-SDGs on the “grey” indicators in their report. Similar to how we organized ourselves around the last open consultation on the “yellow” indicators, we will be synthesizing all of our collective inputs for this open consultation to make a joint submission on behalf of the TAP Network on Goal 16 indicators. As a friendly reminder, you can contribute your comments to the proposed grey indicators by no later than Monday, 14 December at Noon (NY time). Liam and I will then take these inputs and synthesize them, and submit them to the IAEG-SDGs Open Consultation.
 
Input into the google doc here: http://bit.ly/1QhWz25
 
Update from ECOSOC President Ambassadors HLPF Retreat
As mentioned over the past couple of weeks, I was one of the stakeholders identified to attend the HLPF Retreat hosted by the President of ECOSOC during the weekend of 21-22 November, along with Naiara Costa from Beyond 2015 and Chris Dekki from the Major Group for Children and Youth/Local Authorities Major Group. This was a fantastic opportunity to gather intel on where Member States stand on certain issues around the 2016 HLPF and on national and thematic follow-up and review frameworks through the HLPF. We have put together a report from the HLPF Retreat, which you can find on our website here. We held a debriefing meeting/call yesterday as well, which gave us an opportunity to update colleagues from civil society on the discussions of the retreat, and discuss next steps. I will also provide a bit of an update and take any questions from any of you on the retreat on our next TAP Network call on Wednesday as well.
 
A key takeaway from the retreat was that Member States really encouraged collaboration and consolidated inputs from the UN System and from other stakeholders, as it has significantly benefited their work throughout the process to date. In addition to the already fantastic work that we’ve done as a Network on these issues of follow-up and review/accountability to date, Member States are likely to favor inputs from all of us collectively as a Network going forward, as we’ve done in the past with significant impact. It was a re-affirmation of the value of our collective work we’ve undertaken thus far, and a subtle nudge for us to further intensify our work as we tackle issues that Member States will need expert inputs on – including the follow-up and review/HLPF framework, SDG Indicators and stakeholder engagement issues.
 
TAP Network Google Group
Finally, we thought it would be necessary to remind you all that the TAP Network listserv (tap-civilsocietyplatform@googlegroups.com) and the TAP Network Data/Indicators Working Group (https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/tap-data-and-indicators-working-group) are set up as a Google Groups. This means that you can not only email the Network using the aforementioned email address, but you can view all past posts/emails to the listserv on the TAP Network Google Group main page.
 
You can find the TAP Network Google Group here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/tap-civilsocietyplatform
 
This can be a very important page for all of you, as it might help you streamline your engagement with us, catch up with TAP Network work if you’ve missed out on anything in the future, or to find past messages to the Network. A friendly reminder that when posting, please also remember to follow the posting guidelines for the listserv, which are listed on the TAP Network Google Group main page.
 
You can find out more on how to use Google Groups here: https://support.google.com/groups/answer/46601?hl=en
 
Please let us know if you have any questions at all about any of the above points, and we look forward to speaking with you all next week on the TAP Network call on Wednesday! 
 IAEG-SDGs Open Consultation on "Grey" Indicators and TAP Joint Inputs:

Just announced today by the UN Statistics Division, an open consultation on the “grey” indicators will take place from Wednesday 9 December to Tuesday, 15 December, and will be open for inputs from stakeholders.

Similar to how we organized ourselves around the last open consultation on the “yellow” indicators, we will be synthesizing all of our collective inputs for this open consultation to make a joint submission on behalf of the TAP Network on Goal 16 indicators. This time, there are six proposed indicators for Goal 16 targets (with a couple having multiple “options” to consider), so please focus your comments on these indicators which are highlighted in grey in the google doc. For transparency’s sake, we have left all of your previous comments to all of the proposed indicators in the google doc – so if you provided comments for the previous consultation, please build upon what you have provided already. For your reference, you can also find our “Priority Indicators” document and our joint contribution to the previous open consultation attached here.

Please provide your comments to the proposed grey indicators by no later than Monday, 14 December at Noon (NY time). Liam and I will then take these inputs and synthesize them, and submit them to the IAEG-SDGs Open Consultation. Input into the google doc here: http://bit.ly/1QhWz25
 
For those that are interested in contributing to this work going forward, please join the TAP Data/Indicators Working Group, as all of our work on this will continue in that working group going forward. We will also be sending out information via this Working Group about our next WG call to discuss this and other issues, so please join ASAP. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/1LVrWfG
 
As of right now, there is no clarity on how these inputs should be structured for the consultation, or even the purpose or the entry points for the inputs gathered through this consultation. However, we’ll operate under the assumption that this consultation will be similar to the previous consultation, and we will try and dig up more information on this and report back to the Data/Indicators Working Group going forward.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions at all on any of these points going forward, and we look forward to continuing this conversation going forward through the TAP Data/Indicators Working Group
UPDATES/INTEL
France will chair and host the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The conference is crucial because the expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C.

For coverage:

UNFCCC COP21 Official Website at http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/

IISD Reporting Services Coverage of UNFCCC COP21 at http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/ 

There is a new draft agreement on the negotiating table:

The text, which is now 50 pages long instead of 55, was posted on Thursday morning on the website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (link to the text).
Please find available resources on TAP Network activities and outputs on our official website at http://www.tapnetwork2015.org
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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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