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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 2, ISSUE 1

2 APRIL 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: Looking ahead into April

Dear TAP Friends,

We hope you've all had some time to recover from the intense discussions from last week at the Post-2015 negotiations, as well as some time to digest some very positive developments on a number of TAP Network outputs and joint work. It was great to talk with many of you on the latest TAP Network call yesterday, and thanks again to all that joined. 

TAP is marching forward on a number of fronts, with April destined to be a very busy month for all of us. Next week John will be attending the Development Cooperation Forum's High-Level Symposium in Incheon. Looking further ahead into April, the next drafting session of the outcome document for the Financing for Development conference will take place from 13-17 April. The following week from the 21-24 April, we'll be covering the Post-2015 negotiations on Means of Implementation and Global Partnership, which is slated to be hosted as a joint session of the FfD and Post-2015 tracks.

On a very important note, we have just launched a process for nominations and selection of organizations to be a part of the new TAP Network Steering Committee. Self-nominations from organizations will be accepted until Wednesday, 15 April. Voting will take place from Thursday 16 April to Wednesday 29 April. Nominations and voting is open to any organization that is part of the TAP Network (as of 1 April), and you can find a full list of eligible organizations here. More information on the Steering Committee selection process is provided below in the newsletter, as well as in the nomination form, which you can find 
here: http://bit.ly/TAPscnominations

Another positive development, we have finalized and circulated the TAP Network FfD Position Paper for sign-on and endorsements from organizations. Endorsements will be accepted on a rolling basis, however, to be included on our initial outreach to Member States next week, please submit your endorsement to us by no later than Wednesday, 8 April. You can find more information on the paper and endorsements in the newsletter below. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about anything TAP related going forward, or of course if you have any opportunities that would be important for collaboration as the TAP Network. We look forward to taking the work of TAP further forward with you next week, and also to seeing you in New York for those who will be attending the Post-2015 negotiations next week.

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
TAP Network Conference Call - Wednesday, 1 April:
Thanks again to all of you who were able to join the TAP Network Conference Call on Wednesday, 1 April. For your reference, please find the notes/minutes from today’s call attached here
Nominations for the TAP Network Steering Committee are now open:  
Any organization that is on the TAP Network mailing list/google group as of the announcement of the TAP Steering Committee Nomination process (1 April, 2015) is eligible to self-nominate their organization and vote in election for the TAP Steering Committee. You can find a list of organizations that are eligible for self-nomination and voting, according to those guidelines, on our publicly available google doc of TAP Network members here: http://bit.ly/1F2APhM 

To nominate your organization for the TAP Network Steering Committee, please fill out the google form here: http://bit.ly/TAPscnominations 

The nomination form outlines a few key objectives and expectations of the Steering Committee, so please read through the form thoroughly when applying. The two main objectives of this TAP Network Steering Committee are to, inter alia:
  • provide overall guidance, particularly helping guide advocacy priorities on policy and strategic issues;
  • represent the TAP Network and take decisions on various action items that require quick turnaround or responses, or other situations, as needed
Timeline for nomination and voting for the steering committee – 
  • Nominations will be accepted from Wednesday, 1 April – Wednesday, 15 April
  • Voting will take place from Thursday 16 April – Wednesday, 29 April
TAP Network FfD Position Paper Open for Endorsements: 
Many TAP Network colleagues contributed to the drafting of this FfD position paper over the past few weeks. This position paper represents broader advocacy points around FfD issues, and having these common points and agreed language will help in producing more pointed and rapid responses and outputs (1 or 2-pagers, open letters, etc) for continued engagement and advocacy.

TAP’s top-line Recommendations:
  1. Full transparency of revenues , allocation, spending, contracting and results data and statistics, at all levels.
  2. Ensure inclusive and meaningful public participation at all stages of financing and governance processes. 
  3. Promote a common standard for reporting sustainable development resource flows at all levels, and establish a global and national tracking system to report spending and results achieved towards each of the SDGs.
  4. Ensure effective and accountable institutions and enhance delivery of public goods and services through progressive tax measures and commitments to end illicit financial flows. 
  5. Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms and support accountable institutions at all levels.
  6. Invest in equipping citizens, legislators, public servants, entrepreneurs, and civil society to understand and use financial and development data effectively. 
For those of you who would like to endorse this position paper, please write to John Romano at romano@wfuna.org and Liam at kincaid@wfuna.org with your logo attached so it can be included on the paper. 

Kindly send your endorsement no later than Wednesday, 8 April – as the position paper will be circulated to UN Member States the week prior to the Second FfD3 Drafting Session from 13-17 April.
DCF High-Level Symposium, Incheon, 8-10 April 2015:
TAP Coordinator, John Romano will be representing the TAP Network at the DCF High-Level Symposium in Incheon, which will examine the role of development cooperation in implementing the post-2015 development agenda, at all levels, global, regional, national, subnational.

Organized by UNDESA and the Republic of Korea, the Symposium is the first high-level preparatory event for the 2016 Development Cooperation Forum. It aims specifically to contribute to the preparations for a post-2015 development agenda, including in the run-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa on 13-16 July 2015.

For more information on the DCF please visit http://bit.ly/19FK1zQ
UPDATES/INTEL
Third Session of Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda 23-27 March 2015: 

Some key highlights: 
  • IISD Reporting Services has a comprehensive report on the Third Session of Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda 23-27 March which you can retrieve at http://bit.ly/1ImN0J7.
  • The Co-Facilitators for the post-2015 negotiations presented the “Technical report by the Bureau of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) on the process of the development of an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda” which provided technical ratings of the indicators proposed by the UN Statistics Division. The report was generally not very well received by Member States, largely due to the short timeframe given for consultations with their respective national statistical offices (NSOs).
  • However, consensus was emerging during the negotiations that the development of the indicators should be a technical process with NSOs and other statistical experts.
  • This is an important step forward because the emerging consensus is that indicators should not be politically negotiated by delegates within the Post-2015 process, or otherwise. However, some Member States believe they should have political oversight of the indicators but the forum for this oversight has not been decided.
  • The UN Statistical Commission will report back to the post-2015 negotiations in May 2015 with an update on the draft set of indicators. Ambassador Donoghue, Permanent Representative with the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations suggested Member States start discussions on where the political oversight of the post-2015 indicators should be hosted. He suggested the HLPF or ECOSOC as a potential forum for the indicators.
  • The Co-Facilitators for the post-2015 negotiations also circulated a report on “Targets in the proposed SDGs framework” which evaluated 19 targets in total. Goal 16 was spared this technical evaluation.
  • The Co-Facilitators reiterated the report was developed to fill in the “x’s” and “y’s” of the OWG report, and to ensure these targets are aligned with existing intergovernmental agreements. They stressed this report was not meant to reopen negotiations on the Goals. However, Member States generally reacted strongly against this document, especially the G77, which stated the OWG document should remain intact as the SDGs, as is.
  • The Co-Facilitators suggested that a target should be changed only if there is consensus among Member States, but this created more distrust and skepticism from some Member States.  
  • The Co-Facilitators stated they will send an updated report on “Targets in the proposed SDGs framework” to Member States, but a timeline was not given for the release of this document.
  • The main issue that is a concern for the TAP Network is that there has not been a clear structure or established criteria for reviewing these 19 targets in the report.
  • If this process continues without a clear structure or criteria for reviewing these targets, Member States could reopen discussions on other targets beside the 19 mentioned in the report. Due to the building consensus of not opening the OWG report beyond these targets mentioned in the report, the threat is not imminent, but TAP should keep an eye on developments on this front.
  • The Co-Facilitators put forward a proposal to host a joint session between the FfD and Post-2015 processes during the Fourth Session of the Post-2015 Negotiations on the Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, 20-24 April. It was agreed this session should explore synergies between the FfD and the post-2015 processes.
  • The structure of the Adidas Ababa Accord Outcome Document is very similar to the structure of Goal 17, possibly because the co-facilitators might try to position the Outcome Document as the Means of Implementation or make it the basis for the Means of Implementation for the post-2015 agenda.
Financing for Development: Before the Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD on the 13-17 April their will be an Informal interactive hearings with civil society and the business sector from the 8-9 April.

The civil society segment will take place on the 9 April. You can find the provisional programme here.  
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.
Download the TAP Network Calender of Post-2015 Events
Upcoming United Nations Meetings/Events:
 
April 2015:

7 April: PGA High-level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation
8-10 April: DCF Symposium on Development Cooperation for People and Planet: What Will it Take?
8-9 April: FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector
13-17 April: Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD
20-24 April: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development)

 
May 2015:
 
 
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