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


22 MAY 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: A brief review of "follow-up and review" 

Dear TAP Friends, 

It seems that every week we report back to you, there always seems to be a fever pitch of activity here in New York! This week, our collective work around the accountability for the Post-2015 Negotiations on "follow-up and review" took center stage. A lot can be said about this week's discussions, but you can find some of the notes that we've taken from this week's negotiations on our website here. Discussions on this topic, and around the accountability for the Post-2015 agenda will continue over the coming months ahead, so we look forward to taking this very important work of the Network forward with you - including around our recently released position paper on "accountability and review" of the Post-2015 agenda. 

It has been a very busy month since our last call, and we have an equally busy month or two ahead of us as we take our work deeper into the summer. As an opportunity to digest everything that has happened this past week and to strategize for the next month of activities for the TAP Network, we'll have our next TAP Network conference call on Thursday, 28 May at 10:00 EST/14:00 GMT/15:00 BST. You can find more details about the call in the newsletter below. 

As a reminder, we are still accepting sign-on and endorsements for the TAP Network position paper on SDG/Goal 16 Indicators. Please reach out to John ( and Liam ( with your logo attached to endorse this paper, and we can include your organization's logo on the paper. 

We hosted a very successful event with Beyond 2015 and the Permanent Missions of Peru, France and Republic of Korea to the UN last Friday, which seemed to have framed the discussions during this week's intergovernmental negotiations quite well. You can find a summary of the event here. 

Much more can be said about this very busy week, but we look forward to speaking with you all on Thursday 28 May on our next TAP conference call! 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam

Next TAP Network Conference Call next Thursday, 28 May at 10:00 EST/14:00 GMT/15:00 BST:

This call will give us an opportunity to take stock of the FfD and Post-2015 negotiations these past two weeks, and also discuss the upcoming Interagency and Expert Group on SDGs (IAEG-SDGs) meeting from 1-2 June here in New York, and our collective work on the SDG/Goal 16 Indicators, the HLPF and FfD3 Conference fronts going forward. Just as a heads up – and apologies in advance – this call might end up running a little bit longer than the usual hour, as June and July will be quite busy and intense months for all of us, and we will use this call to help coordinate our activities for June (which includes the IAEG-SDGs meeting, Third drafting session of FfD3 and additional informals, Negotiations on the Post-2015 zero draft and the HLPF). 


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Interactive Dialogue on multi-level review and monitoring of the Post-2015 Agenda Friday, 15 May, 9:30 AM – 1 PM EST:

On Friday, 15 May, the Permanent Missions of France, Peru and the Republic of Korea to the UN, along with the Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network and Beyond 2015 hosted an “Interactive Dialogue on multi-level review and monitoring of the Post-2015 Agenda” over 80 experts from governments, civil society and the UN system. The event was hosted the week preceding the Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations on “follow-up and review,” in an effort to prime the conversation on a wide range of topics leading into the negotiations.

The “Interactive Dialogue on multi-level review and monitoring of the Post-2015 Agenda” focused on three critical levels for review and monitoring of the Post-2015 agenda: at the national, regional and global levels. Each discussion explored these various levels, including the role of Member States and the UN System, as well as areas where civil society can contribute in filling gaps in data, monitoring and accountability, and fostering partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs. Experiences were drawn from other multilateral review processes, and how these concepts can be applied to the SDG review mechanism.

You can read the full summary at
Accepting Endorsements for TAP Network’s Position Paper on SDG Indicators:

We’re very pleased to send to all of you, for your organization’s sign-on and endorsement, the TAP Network’s Position Paper on SDG Indicators, which you can find here. Thanks very much again to all of you who contributed to the drafting of this paper – including Craig Fagan from Transparency International, Tom Wheeler and Sunil Suri from Saferworld and Ryan Kaminski from UNA-USA – and to everyone who contributed through the comments and edits stages! This position paper will be the center-piece of TAP’s advocacy around the issue of SDG and governance/Goal 16 Indicators, particularly around the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and the Praia City Group on Governance Statistics. Just as we’ve done with the launches of other position papers, we have also begun discussions about potentially hosting an event to launch this paper in the coming weeks ahead.
Through your organization’s sign-on/endorsement, you can affirm your support for the TAP Network’s broader positions on SDG/Goal 16 Indicators and the process of defining these indicators, as outlined through this position paper.

For those of you who would like to endorse this position paper through your organization, please simply send a email John ( and Liam at with your logo attached so we can include it on the paper. 

Sign-on/endorsements will be accepted on an ongoing and rolling basis, however, to include your endorsement of the position paper in our initial outreach to Member States, please send us your endorsement by no later than Tuesday, 26 May – as we will aim to circulate the position paper to Member States prior to the first meeting of the IAEG-SDGs.

Just as we’ve done with all of our previous joint TAP Network outputs, we’re looking for a wide endorsement from TAP Network organizations (and other CSO partners as well) for this position paper, as it has really spoken very profoundly to show Member States the broad level of support for these positions amongst civil society – which has helped our advocacy tremendously in the past. Please also keep in mind that sign-on/endorsement is not necessarily limited to CSOs that are already part of the TAP Network, so your help in reaching out to other potentially interested organizations is very much appreciated - and you can forward this message, and our contact information, on to them as well.

Intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda 18-22 May in Conference Room 4 on “Follow-up and review”:

Background documents:

Food for thought paper on a possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism has been posted on post-2015 at 

Revised proposal on the themes for the interactive dialogues for the 25-27 September United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda available at 

Post-2015 co-facilitators containing preliminary impressions on follow-up and review has been posted at

Non-exhaustive illustrative list of mechanisms for review as compiled by the UN Technical Support Team (TST) has been posted at:

Summary of key highlights:

  • Co-Facilitators Ambassador David Donoghue (Ireland) and Co-Facilitator Ambassador Macharia Kamau (Kenya) highlighted some common themes and issues meriting further discussion that have emerged from the two-day discussion which you can find containing preliminary impressions on follow-up and review has been posted at
  • There was a clear divergence of opinions on the “Revised Targets Document.” Many delegates, including the G-77 and China, said they were not in a position to accept the revised targets, noting that the OWG’s proposal on the SDGs had been carefully crafted and was the result of an intergovernmental process, and any attempt to reopen it could affect the entire post-2015 agreement.
  • Some thought that the Co-Facilitators’ revisions had strengthened the targets and ensured that they are measurable and are aligned with international agreements. Others commented on specific targets that would benefit from further revisions.
  • First meeting of the IAEG-SDGs 1-2 June provisional agenda and ToR is available ‪
  • Non-exhaustive illustrative list of mechanisms for review as compiled by the UN Technical Support Team (TST) has been posted at:
  • Co-Facilitator expects to have the zero draft by June 2015.
  • Will circulate letter to PGA of proposed titles of themes for the interactive dialogues for the 25-27 September United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda circulated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 but the document will not have formal legal standing.
You can find more details notes and background information on our website at 

Third International Conference on Financing for Development:

Provisional timetable of the FFD3 13-16 July 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia available at 

Please find available resources on TAP Network activities and outputs on our official website at
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