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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 5, ISSUE 3

17 July 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: 

Dear TAP Friends, 

It has been a very busy week for us all, as the Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations enters its final phase, right off the back of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development last week in Addis Ababa. A big thanks to all who have engaged in our work around FfD3 this past week, and to those who have contributed to and endorsed our TAP Network Response to the FfD3 Outcome Document. 

At the FfD3 Conference, TAP hosted two very successful events with a very good turnout and level of interactive discussion - and a big round of thanks to our colleagues from UN-NGLS and Open Society Foundations for their support in putting these events together in partnership with us. TAP will also be hosting a side-event around the IGN this week entitled “The role of Third-Party data in follow-up and review for the Post-2015 Agenda” on Thursday, 23 July at 1:15 PM in Conference Room 5 - so please join us for the event if you are in New York! 

As a reminder, the TAP Network Response to the Post-2015 "Final" Draft is still open for endorsements on a rolling basis. As these next couple of weeks ahead are arguably the most important weeks of advocacy, it will be very important to receive your endorsements ASAP so we can include your logos in our ongoing outreach. If you are in New York for the Post-2015 IGN this week or next week, please do let us know so we can coordinate with all of you here to include you in our meetings with Member States. 

Thanks very much again for all of your ongoing support and work around TAP's work, and we look forward to taking these issues forward with you in the coming weeks ahead! 


Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
www.tapnetwork2015.org
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
FOR RAPID ENDORSEMENTS: TAP Network Response to the Post-2015 "Final Draft":

For your organization’s RAPID sign-on and endorsement, the TAP Network Joint Response to the “Final Draft” of the Post-2015 Outcome Document, which you can find here. Thanks again to all who have contributed your comments in the incredibly narrow timeframe that we were working with!
 
For those of you who would like to endorse this position paper through your organization, please simply send an email (to me at romano@wfuna.org and Liam at kincaid@wfuna.org) 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 ASAP – as we will aim to circulate the position paper to Member States, just prior to the Post-2015 IGN from 20-24 July. 

Please also note that as always, 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.
 
Again, we have done our best to align the language amendments and broader points to already agreed-upon points and principles from our Zero Draft Response and other TAP Network position papers, and we are very grateful to all of you who have constructively contributed to this joint response along those lines as well. With such a limited timeframe for edits/comments/discussion on the various topics in the revised draft, we did not want to stray very far from the content/inputs that we came together around a few weeks ago in our Zero Draft Response – particularly since we had such a strong level of endorsements for our that Zero Draft Response. For full transparency’s sake, we have left the comments/edits untouched again, so you can see everyone’s inputs.
 
Additionally, as we have done in the past, we have provided an opportunity for you all to input into the Compendium of TAP Network edits to the Post-2015 “final draft.” If you would like your language amendments from your organization to be included in our advocacy going forward – including those points that may not have made it in to this joint response – please paste your language edits into the google doc ASAP, as we will send this compendium document around as a complementary resource to the TAP joint response.
 
Thanks again to all who contributed in this tight comments/edits stage, and we look forward to receiving your endorsements ASAP!
FOR RAPID ENDORSEMENTS: TAP Network Response to FfD3 "Addis Ababa Action Agenda" Outcome Document:
 
For your rapid endorsements, we are circulating the TAP Network’s Response to the FfD3 “Addis Ababa Action Agenda”, which you can find here.
 
This Response has been put together by the TAP Members that have coordinated our advocacy around FfD3 over the past few months and this week in Addis Ababa – including Publish What You Fund, Transparency International, International Budget Partnership, Restless Development and IDA/IDDC, and is consistent with our collective advocacy here on this front.
 
For those of you who would like to endorse this FfD3 Response through your organization, please simply respond to this email (to me at romano@wfuna.org and Liam at kincaid@wfuna.org) 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 ASAP – as we will aim to circulate the position paper to Member States, just prior to the Post-2015 IGN from 20-24 July.
 
The first half is consistent with our ongoing advocacy around FfD3 over the past few months and here in Addis Ababa for the past week in particular, and the bulleted language in the second half is directly from our TAP Network FfD3 Position Paper.
 
We would like to circulate this response to Member States tomorrow and next week, so as have an incredibly tight timeframe for circulating this response, we have decided to not open this response for comments/edits at this stage. Despite this, this Response has been put together by the TAP Members that have coordinated our advocacy around FfD3 over the past few months and this week in Addis Ababa, so it is very broadly representative of our collective work on this front. As with all other TAP statements/position papers, this outreach will be done on behalf of the organizations who endorse this Response.
 
Thanks very much in advance for your endorsements, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all!

Nominations for TAP Network Speakers for September Post-2015 Summit:

We are seeking nominations for colleagues who are interested in speaking for the TAP Network during the plenary of the Post-2015 Summit and its various roundtables. As we do for opportunities like this, we are opening up a nomination process to identify speakers who are best fit for these opportunities, with the TAP Network Steering Committee vetting each of the speaker nominations that we receive to ensure that these candidates are suitable to represent the TAP Network through these opportunities.

You can submit your nominations to represent the TAP Network at the Summit here: http://bit.ly/1HuxUCt

As the deadline for submitting the names for this opportunity is 20 July, the deadline for nominations to speak for TAP is Midnight (NY time) on Sunday, 19 July.

While there is a very high likelihood that the deadline for speaker nominations for each of the Summit Interactive Dialogues is extended beyond this initial period/deadline of 20 July, we will still need your nominations for each of these opportunities ASAP. Most importantly, if you are interested in speaking as the opening speaker or during the plenary of the Post-2015 Summit, this deadline above is absolute and non-flexible, so we would encourage all of you to submit your nominations by the initial TAP deadline on Sunday.

Please also keep in mind that we will not merely be limited to submitting just one nomination for each of these opportunities, but we will cap the submissions to three TAP representatives for each session, to ensure that we’re being as efficient as possible in our nominations. As I mentioned above, the TAP Steering Committee will vet each of these nominations and, if necessary, take a decision on which three candidates to put forward on behalf of the TAP Network.

As you’ll notice, the form we’ve put together mirrors the nomination form – so please do your best to fill out everything in as much detail as possible, as we will be using this information as a justification for 1) Steering Committee vetting of speakers for TAP and 2) the information we provide to UN-NGLS for the nomination.

Please consider (and indicate in the google form) that if you have nominated a particular speaker to speak on behalf of your own organization in addition to putting them forward to speak through TAP, UN-NGLS will consolidate this speaker’s nomination as representing both your own organization and the TAP Network. This is a very important point to take into consideration, as sometimes when these civil society steering committees select speakers, it might be a bit confusing as to who this speaker would represent/speak for, and might hinder the chances of that speaker being selected.

As we’re not sure if we can dedicate resources from TAP to bring people to New York for the Summit at this point in time, we’re very sorry to say that these speakers must already have funding/support to attend the Post-2015 Summit in New York. I realize that this is a barrier to participation for many, but unfortunately the deadline for speakers is way in advance (2+ months) of the Summit and the tight deadlines in this initial period have put us in a very tricky spot. There is also funding available from the UN for some participants as well, but we are not sure how much, and to what degree it will be utilized – so best not to count on it, and demand for this funding will likely be quite intense.

Apologies for opening up all of these nomination processes for TAP Network speakers in such a short timeframe, but opportunities are abound for us in these critical several weeks ahead. And apologies for the delay in forwarding this along – Google Docs access has been severely limited (and even restricted in some cases) here in Ethiopia, so we’ve had to find creative ways to work around this all week.

Please feel free to reach out to myself or Liam if you have any questions about the process going forward, and we look forward to receiving your nominations and to hopefully having some of you represent TAP at the Post-2015 Summit in September!

UPDATES/INTEL

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda:

Outcome Document can be found here at http://t.co/ECvocUoM5r

To achieve these goals, countries agreed to new initiatives, including on:

Technology—Countries agreed to establish a Technology Facilitation Mechanism at the Sustainable Development Summit in September to boost collaboration among governments, civil society, private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities and other stakeholders to support the sustainable development goals.

Infrastructure—Countries agreed to establish a Global Infrastructure Forum to identify and address infrastructure gaps, highlight opportunities for investment and cooperation, and work to ensure that projects are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

Social protection—Countries adopted a new social compact in favour of the poor and vulnerable groups, through the provision of social protection systems and measures for all, including social protection floors.

Health—Countries agreed to consider taxing harmful substances to deter consumption and to increase domestic resources. They agreed that taxes on tobacco reduce consumption and could represent an untapped revenue stream for many countries.

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises—Countries committed to promote affordable and stable access to credit for smaller enterprises.  They also pledged to develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the International Labour Organization Global Jobs Pact by 2020.

Foreign aid—Countries recommitted to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income for official development assistance, and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent for least developed countries.

A package of measures for the poorest countries—Developed countries commit to reverse the decline in aid to the poorest countries, with the European Union committing to increase its aid to least developed countries to 0.2 per cent of gross national income by 2030. They also agree to adopt or strengthen least developed countries investment promotion regimes, including with financial and technical support. Governments also aim to operationalize the technology bank for this group of countries by 2017.

Taxation—The Agenda calls for strengthening support for the work of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters to improve its effectiveness and operational capacity, and the engagement with the Economic and Social Council. It emphasizes the importance of inclusive cooperation and dialogue among national tax authorities.

Climate Change—The Action Agenda calls on developed countries to implement their commitment to a goal of jointly mobilizing USD100 billion per year by 2020 from a wide variety of sources to address the needs of developing countries. Countries also committed to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that lead to wasteful consumption.

Full Briefing Notes for FFD3 Addis Ababa:

IISD Reporting Services has a comprehensive report on the FFD3 negotiations which you can retrieve at http://www.iisd.ca/ffd/ffd3/

Declaration from the Addis Ababa CSO Forum on FFD3 can be found http://bit.ly/1e1M5Et
Post-2015: Programme for July IGN:

The programme for the first week of the July post-2015 IGN (20-24 July) is now available at: http://t.co/B5FBTiM81d

Post-2015: Logistical information on July IGN (20-24 and 27-31 July):

The next session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 20-24 and 27-31 July in Conference Room 1. The programme of work, relevant documentation and a list of side events are available at the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.

Similar to the previous negotiating sessions, a total of 12 seats with microphones will be made available in Conference Room 1 for use by major groups and other stakeholders on a rotational basis. Additional seating will be available in the balcony area of Conference Room 1. On Monday, 20 July and Tuesday, 21 July, the Trusteeship Council Chamber will function as an overflow room. Subject to room availability, overflow rooms for the subsequent days will be announced in due course. All meetings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/

Preparation of daily interventions

Major groups and other stakeholders will be able to deliver three collectively prepared statements (max. 2 min each) at the end of each day of the first week. To facilitate the collaborative preparations of these 3 daily statements, DSD and NGLS have created the following Google Spreadsheet to be used by major groups and other stakeholders to coordinate their efforts:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ViXQUAceYCNkZ8FPSNK_sMaH4jEfpaKI3lymxVcS46k/edit?usp=sharing

There will be coordination meetings every morning, lunchtime and afternoon to finalize the preparations of the statements and to discuss other pertinent matters. These coordination meetings will be held on Monday, 20 July, from 8:30-10 a.m. and from 1-6 p.m. in conference room 12. The location for the subsequent days will be shared with you on Monday.

Additional meeting rooms

A smaller conference room has also been reserved for your use for additional caucusing purposes. The room is available Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and can be reserved using the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lOyaJSV0_LxKZqyRKha8dUZr9YfcXCEl_G5I-PyNUr4/edit#. Please note that it is not the same room every day, please refer to the schedule available on the reservation form. 

Meeting with the Permanent Mission of Brazil

The Permanent Mission of Brazil is inviting representatives of major groups and other stakeholders to a meeting on Tuesday, 21 July, at 8:30 a.m. in conference room 6.

 

IAEG-SDGs discussion streams have been launched:

note outlining the tentative timeline, work plan and organization of work of the IAEG-SDGs was shared with all members of the group. The note, which was prepared in consultation with the two co-chairs of the group, foresees multiple rounds of consultations and opportunities for observers and major groups and stakeholders to provide inputs to the discussions.

Mexico will facilitate the first discussion stream on conceptual frameworks and indicator concepts and definitions. France will facilitate the second discussion stream on inter-linkages across goals and targets.

The discussions will be based on an updated version of the list of proposals, which replaces the earlier version provided as an input to the first meeting of the IAEG-SDGs on 1-2 June 2015.

The Statistics Division, acting as Secretariat of the IAEG-SDGs, will support the facilitators in their function. Also, in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, an online collaboration platform has been launched. This platform will allow the IAEG-SDGs to conduct its discussions electronically in an efficient manner.

ECOSOC President Summary of HLPF 2015 is now available at http://bit.ly/1K72Vxk
Please find available resources on TAP Network activities and outputs on our official website at http://www.tapnetwork2015.org
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