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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 1, ISSUE 1

6 MARCH 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: TAP into the Network

Dear TAP Network,

Thanks very much again to all of you who have reached out to engage with us (also those of you who have filled out the TAP Network Survey) this past month, and thanks to those of you who joined the latest TAP Network call on Tuesday. It has been another busy week on the Post-2015 front here in New York, with the UN Statistical Commission wrapping up today. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve collectively taken steps forward in putting together joint TAP Network positions on a wide range of issues going forward.

In an effort to consolidate and streamline information sharing between us and the entire network, we will be putting together a weekly newsletter for all of you that will 1) provide regular updates, resources and key intel around different processes from the week, 2) provide updates on joint TAP work that is being done by the Network, and 3) taking a look ahead at key meetings, events or entry points in the next week or two ahead. 

We hope that these newsletters will be useful for the entire Network, but as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (romano@wfuna.org) or Liam (kincaid@wfuna.org) if you have any questions, feedback or if you’d like to discuss anything else with us at all. Above all else, we as the TAP Coordinators are here as a resource for all of you, and your consistent engagement and feedback will help drive our work as a network going forward. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
Updates from TAP Network Call: The TAP Network had its latest intel-sharing and coordination call on Tuesday, 3 March. Amongst the items discussed were key entry points for the Post-2015 processes going forward, how TAP can contribute to the discussions on a wide array of issues, and the process for drafting common TAP position papers. 

Meeting Notes/Minutes
Sign up to help draft TAP Network position papers: Resulting from the TAP Network call this week, the TAP Coordinators have put together a sign-up form where anyone can sign up for Drafting Groups for various TAP Network position papers. Please sign up for Drafting Groups by no later than Monday, 9 March. These drafting groups will be responsible for putting together the initial drafts of each TAP paper, meaning that it will be incredibly important for as many people from the TAP Network to engage in the drafting of these positions, as they will serve as the foundation of TAP’s advocacy over the next year going forward. These thematic areas were based on the results of the TAP Network Survey, which is still open for inputs as well. 

The position paper drafting groups are:
  • SDG (Goal 16) Indicators
  • Review & Monitoring/Accountability
  • Means of Implementation
  • Global Partnership
  • Data Revolution
  • Financing for Development
The process for drafting TAP position papers: 
  1. Drafting Groups are identified and connected, and begin work on drafting position paper, with specific timelines.
  2. Once the deadline for comments and edits has closed for the first draft of the position paper, the TAP Coordinators will work to incorporate all inputs from Drafting Group members into the draft. 
  3. TAP Coordinators will share the position paper with the broader TAP Network, for comments and suggested edits, with specific timelines. 
  4. Once comments from the broader group have been taken in and reflected, the draft position paper is made final, and the TAP Coordinator will circulate to the TAP Network and other civil society groups for "sign-on" and "endorsement" of the paper.
Draft of TAP Financing for Development Statement circulated: The draft of the TAP FfD position paper has been circulated by the TAP Coordinators. A group of roughly 20 TAP members have already come together to put together a TAP position paper on FfD these past few weeks. Those that were involved had the opportunity to contribute through an open google doc for the last few weeks, and through a call last week. Any comments and inputs from any interested organizations are welcome, and can be directed to the TAP Coordinators (John Romano, romano@wfuna.org and Liam Kincaid, kincaid@wfuna.org) by Thursday, 12 March. After this date, the TAP Coordinators will work to incorporate all inputs feedback into the document, and prepare it for sign-on and endorsement from organizations the following week. 
UPDATES/INTEL
Post-2015 Agenda: The Third Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Sustainable development goals and targets) will be held 23-27 March. The application deadline for unfunded speakers for the session’s stakeholder dialogue is the 8 March. During this session, discussions on indicators will feature prominently, presenting an opportunity for the TAP Network to provide inputs around indicators on Goal 16. Last week, the TAP Coordinators circulated a preliminary list of indicators and background note, which was circulated from the UN Statistical Commission to various National Statistical Offices. In addition, the TAP Network is in the planning stages of organizing a side-event around indicators for Goal 16, along with the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN, and potentially the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN.  
Indicators for the Post-2015 Agenda: The UN Statistical Commission wraps up today (3-6 March), where we’ll get a much clearer picture regarding the process for finalizing indicators for the Post-2015 agenda. One of the expected outcomes from the UNSC will be a preliminary set of indicators, that will be submitted to the co-facilitators of the Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, in advance of the next negotiation session (23-27 March) which will focus on “SDGs and targets.” Last week, before the official opening of the UN Statistical Commission, an Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the Post-2015 agenda was convened by the UN Statistics Division. A tentative work plan on indicators was presented, which can be found here. You can find TAP’s notes from the meeting here
ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment: The ECOSOC Integration Segment was held at UNHQ in New York from 23-25 February. Amongst the topics being discussed this week is the long-term institutional framework for the post-2015 agenda, including the relationship with the HLPF, ECOSOC and the UNGA. For more information, and a great list of resources on these topics, click 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:
 
March 2015:

2-6 March: 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission  
6 March: PGA High-Level Thematic Debate Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda  
9-20 March: 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 
14-18 March: UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) 
23-27 March: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Sustainable development goals and targets) 
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)
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