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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 2, ISSUE 3

17 APRIL 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: In the thick of negotiations on financing and means of implementation

Dear TAP Friends,

We have a lot happening all at once these days, so we want to express our appreciation for all of the effort and attention you have all put in to the work around the TAP Network over the past several weeks. As we've always said, the TAP Network is only as strong as the impetus of its members, and you have all shown great resolve and dedication to the work of the Network - and our work here in New York is not possible without it. 

We've launched our new TAP Network website this week, which we will keep updated with resources for TAP Members, and make it much easier for you all to share some of TAP's work with your colleagues or Member States in the coming months ahead. You can visit our new website at www.tapnetwork2015.org, and as always, you can follow us on twitter on @tapnetwork2015 

It's been a very busy and productive week here around the Second Drafting Session of the FfD outcome document, with an equally important week coming up next week with the Post-2015 negotiations on Means of Implementation and Global Partnership.

We circulated our TAP Network FfD Position Paper to all Member States last week, and have received a very strong positive response to it from a wide range of delegations. We've held a number of bilateral meetings with delegations already - and thanks to those of you in New York who were able to attend those meetings with us. We'll continue to follow up with delegations on this front over the coming weeks ahead. 

Voting for the TAP Network Steering Committee nominees is now open. You should have all received a unique link for voting, but please let us know if you have not received yours. As an important reminder - voting is through organizations and not individuals, so please make sure your organization is only voting once if you have multiple colleagues on the mailing list. Voting will remain open until 29 April.

Thanks very much again to all of you for your passionate work around the TAP Network over the past several weeks, and we look forward to strengthening our engagement with all of you in these critical months ahead. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
TAP Network Website:

The TAP Network website is now live, and will be updated regularly with resources for TAP Network Members and others. You can access our webpage to gain the latest information on TAP at http://tapnetwork2015.org/

If members have contributions (research papers, blog articles, etc)  to make to the website please contact the TAP Coordinators.
Voting for TAP Network Steering Committee:

We are pleased to announce that voting for the TAP Network Steering Committee is now open, and a thanks to all who have nominated their organization to serve on TAP’s Steering Committee. We have had six organizations put themselves forward for the five slots on the Steering Committee – including two from the global south, which fulfills the requirements we and the interim steering committee set out regarding regional balance of the Steering Committee, and as outlined in the steering committee nomination form.
 
Voting will take place from Wednesday, 15 April to Wednesday 29 April.
 
You can find a full list of these organizations, along with their profiles and respective answers to the questions asked of them in TAP Steering Committee Nomination form, on our new www.tapnetwork2015.org website here: http://bit.ly/TAPSCnominees
 
For reference, these organizations are:
  • Human Rights First Rwanda Association
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
  • Plan International
  • The Ploughshare Group
  • World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)
The voting system will work as follows:
  • Voting will be based on a “one vote per organization” basis.This is very important – if we receive multiple votes from one organization, we will have to void your organization’s vote. This will require you to coordinate your voting decision with your other colleagues on the mailing list, but prevents us from an imbalance in voting influence between organizations with one representative on the list and others with several.
  • Any organization that was part of the TAP Network mailing list/google group as of the date that nominations opened (1 April, 2015) is eligible to vote. You can find the full list of organizations that are able to vote here: http://bit.ly/1BOFul0
  • Given that we only had two nominations from organizations from the global south, a vote for inclusion of these organizations on the Steering Committee is not necessary. Therefore, each organization will have three votes on their voting form, and will cast these votes from the four remaining nominees from the global north. Voting will be conducted via SurveyMonkey. Each of you will soon receive a separate email with a unique hyperlink to a personalized voting form, which will help us ensure that organizations are only voting once. This means that for those of you with multiple people from your organization on the mailing list, you will each get individual links. In these cases, please only vote once for your organization, through just one of those links that you may receive. 
Please let us know if you do not receive a personalized Survey Monkey link for voting and we can re-send you your link. Also, please double check your spam/junk email folder for these voting link emails, as sometimes they can get filtered out there.
 
If there are any questions about the voting process at all, or if you have any issues accessing your voting link, please reach out to me (romano@wfuna.org) and Liam (kincaid@wfuna.org) and we will sort things out right away.
 
Thanks very much again to all who have nominated their organizations, and thanks again in advance for all of your votes for this new TAP Network Steering Committee! 
TAP Network FfD Zero Draft Compendium of Inputs: 
 
We’ve had a good response from Member States based on our initial outreach around our FfD Position Paper this week, so thanks again to all who have contributed and endorsed the paper. However, in their responses to us, many of them have asked for specific language suggestions as it relates to the FfD Zero Draft, particularly around the topic of Friday’s discussion on “data, monitoring and follow-up” and more broadly on the TAP principles of transparency, accountability and participation.
 
In an effort to collect as many views from all of you as possible on concrete language suggestions for the Zero Draft, we have put together the following google doc for TAP Network members to include your organization’s suggested edits – particularly around the topic of Friday’s discussion on “data, monitoring and follow-up” and more broadly on the TAP principles of transparency, accountability and participation – which you can find here: http://bit.ly/1FUlOnV
 
In the first instance, this document will serve as a compendium of suggested edits to the FfD Zero Draft from TAP Network Members. This way, when Member States ask us for concrete language suggestions regarding a particular topic that interests them, from the TAP FfD position paper or otherwise, we can refer them to a wide range of inputs from TAP members on these topics. It is not intended to be a synthesis of inputs from TAP members, but instead an all-inclusive compilation resource, and will reflect the inputs from all who contribute. Having this compendium of inputs from TAP members will also make our work easier if/when it comes down to putting a joint output together around future iterations of the FfD outcome document.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions at all, and thanks in advance for your contributions!

 
UPDATES/INTEL
We had a strong positive reaction from Member States on the TAP Network FfD position paper. One of their main requests was the TAP Network to provide specific language they would like to be included within the FfD Zero Draft. Therefore have launched a google doc for TAP Network organizations to provide their suggested edits and language for the FfD zero draft that we will provide for Member States upon their request. It is not meant to be a synthesis of views from the TAP Network, but instead an all-inclusive resource that offers a wide range of recommendations from individual organizations. 

We hosted a few bilateral meetings with Member States this past week, which all went very well. Beyond that, we have received feedback from a number of Member States on the position paper, who have expressed a desire to meet in the weeks after the FfD negotiations. We will be following up with delegations around the FfD position paper, along with specific language edits, so please make sure you contribute to the
google doc compendium of TAP Network zero draft language suggestions, so we can include it in our outreach to Member States as we follow up. 

During the closing of the Second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development this week, the co-facilitators requested delegations to submit their inputs for the FfD3 Zero Draft by Wednesday, 22 April. Upon receiving all submissions the co-facilitators draft and circulate an updated FfD3 Zero Draft which will be ready by the  beginning of May 2015. In addition, the co-facilitators will hold additional informal consultations from 11-13 and 26-29 May 2015, with further work possibly in June after the Third drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

Financing for Development logo and website launched
As you are aware, on 19 March 2015, a technical report was released 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 (http://bit.ly/StatComm_Indicators_Technical_Report_March_2015).

This report was discussed during the March inter-governmental negotiating session of the post-2015 development agenda.

Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and organizations participating in the Major Groups can contribute their views and assessment of the draft indicators by completing the online google form at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gFAkPh2C-3XS1_xXZlG9b56WDvAQYuczSC5LEQ9_faA/viewform?usp=send_form

Please note that all inputs should be received by 26 April. A synthesis report and associated compilation document of inputs will be submitted to the Secretariat of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG).
Programme for Joint Session between FfD and Post-2015 processes:

The programme for the joint April IGN session has been circulated by the co-facilitators of the post-2015 and FfD processes and is available at: http://bit.ly/1CL2uls 

18-22 May negotiating session for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Nominate speakers for interactive dialogue with  Major Groups and other Stakeholders: 

The UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) Major Groups Programme and UN-NGLS are facilitating stakeholder Steering Committees to ensure broad and inclusive participation of stakeholders in the negotiating sessions on the post-2015 development agenda at UN Headquarters in New York. DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS are also conducting open and transparent nomination processes for these Committees to select speakers for the post-2015 negotiating sessions, in accordance with the modalities that are defined for the negotiations. 

The 18-22 May intergovernmental negotiating session will focus on Follow up and Review of the post-2015 development agenda. 

Apply to serve on the stakeholder Steering Committee for this session: 
http://bit.ly/May-p2015-SC-apply 
Deadline: Thursday, 23 April 

Apply to speak in the interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other Stakeholders during the 18-22 May negotiating session (date TBC): 
http://bit.ly/May-p2015-speaker-apply 
Deadline: Monday, 27 April 
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:

20-24 April: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development)
28 April:
Civil society hearing on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system

 
May 2015:
 
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