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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 3, ISSUE 2

15 MAY 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: A big week for TAP endorsements

Dear TAP Friends,

It’s been quite an exciting week on the TAP front, with two position papers in circulation for sign-on and endorsements from organizations – both the accountability paper and the SDG Indicators paper! Thanks very much again to everyone who contributed to these papers over the past few weeks, as they both have turned out to be very good, and will be a huge part of our advocacy on these fronts over the coming weeks ahead! For those of you interested in signing on/endorsing these position papers, please email John (romano@wfuna.org) and Liam (kincaid@wfuna.org) with your logo attached so we can include it on the paper. 

In an attempt to prime the conversation around next week’s Post-2015 negotiations on “follow-up and review”, the TAP Network hosted a very successful “Interactive Dialogue on multi-level review and monitoring of the Post-2015 Agenda” today, along with our co-hosts Beyond 2015 and the Permanent Missions of Peru, France and the Republic of Korea to the UN. Thanks very much to those of you who were able to make it out to the event, and we’ll send around a summary of the event soon. 

Next week’s Post-2015 negotiations on “follow-up and review” will be an important session for us to follow and track, as these discussions will have huge implications on the transparency, accountability and participation of the institutions put in place to engage with the Post-2015 agenda for the next 15 years or more. We will be following the discussions closely, as we have over the past few months, and we will keep you in the loop regarding any developments next week as things happen. As a reminder, you can still let us know if you will be in New York for next week’s negotiations and we can coordinate with all of you while you’re here. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
www.tapnetwork2015.org
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
TAP Network Accountability Position Paper:

It gives us great pleasure to announce to you the TAP Network’s position paper on Accountability, which you can find here.Thanks again to all of you who have contributed to the drafting of the TAP Network Position Paper, and all who have submitted endorsements from their organizations! The paper is still open for endorsements on a rolling basis, but as of this moment, we have 44 total endorsements (and counting)!
 
We have sent the position paper to all UN Missions in New York with sign on from 44 organizations, and this paper will be the main focus TAP’s own advocacy here in New York over the coming weeks ahead. We would encourage all of you to use this in your own advocacy going forward, both in New York and at the national level, as we really hope to stimulate discussion around this paper in the coming months ahead.
 
We will be following up with our contacts at UN Missions over the coming days ahead to see if we might be able to arrange for some in-person meetings with delegations these next couple of weeks – and bringing along those of you in New York for the negotiations to these meetings. We’ll be in touch regarding joint advocacy opportunities, and please let us know if you have arranged for meetings with delegations yourselves next week or the following week.
 
Endorsements for the position paper will be accepted on a rolling basis from here on out, and you can submit your endorsement by emailing either myself (romano@wfuna.org) or Liam (kincaid@wfuna.org) and we can include your logo on the paper for our ongoing outreach over the coming weeks ahead.
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 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 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.
Selection of TAP Network Speakers:

There will be at least a handful of opportunities for TAP Network members to present our accountability position paper during events for the Post-2015 negotiations. Thanks to all who have filled out the form to let us know if you will be in New York for the Post-2015 negotiations next week, which doubled as the nomination form for potential speakers for these opportunities. The TAP Network Steering Committee has discussed these nominations, and have decided on the following people to represent TAP and present the TAP Network accountability position paper this week:
  • Claire Schouten, International Budget Partnership will speak on behalf of the TAP Network at the TAP Network “Interactive dialogue on multi-level review and monitoring of the Post-2015 Agenda” to be held on the 15 May 2015.
  • Nicole Cardinal, Save the Children will speak on behalf of the TAP Network at the “Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Follow-up and Review)” held 18-22 May 2015 during the interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other Stakeholders to be held 20 May 2015. (This is not a confirmed speaking slot at the moment, as the speakers and programme are still yet to be decided and publicly released. However, if the TAP Network is selected to present during this interactive dialogue, Nicole Cardinal will speak for the TAP Network.) 
  • Paul Divakar, The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights will speak on behalf of the TAP Network at the TAP Network side-event “Participatory Governance: Laying the Foundation for a Transformative and Accountable Post-2015 Agenda” to be held 21 May 2015.
TAP Network Events:

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

The TAP Network and Beyond 2015, along with the Permanent Missions of France, Peru and Republic of Korea, organized an “Interactive Dialogue on multi-level review and monitoring of the Post-2015 Agenda” on Friday, May 15th, from 9:30 AM – 1 PM EST at ONE UN Hotel. 

This event was very successful in bringing together experts from governments, civil society and the UN system to discuss three critical levels for review and monitoring of the Post-2015 agenda: at the national, regional and global levels. Thanks to all who contributed and attended our event. You can find the programme of our event here and we will send out a short summary in the coming week.

Participatory Governance: Laying the Foundation for a Transformative and Accountable Post-2015 Agenda Thursday 21 May, 1:15 - 2:30 PM EST Conference Room 13

In addition, the TAP Network will be hosting we will be hosting a side-event, in partnership with CIVICUS, during the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda 18-22 May. We will circulate a concept note and agenda shortly and would be grateful for those who are coming to New York to attend our side-event. 

UPDATES/INTEL

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

The programme of work, relevant background documentation and a list of side events are available on our website at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/followupandreview

On Wednesday, 20 May, there will be an interactive dialogue with representatives of Major Groups and other stakeholders from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Conference Room 4. Following an open call for applications, the May Stakeholder Steering Committee has selected the following speakers to intervene during the dialogue: http://tinyurl.com/May-IGN-Speakers. The scenario for the interactive dialogue will be finalised by the Steering Committee together with the selected speakers and is expected to be available on Tuesday, 19 May, 2015.

All meetings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.

There will be daily reserved caucus meeting rooms for the use of Major Groups and other stakeholders. Please note it is not the same room for all day; refer to the schedule for daily location. The room is available Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00pm. It can be reserved for use through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/May-Room-Reserve

Daily coordination meetings for Major Groups and other stakeholders Monday-Friday 8:30-9:30am

There will be daily morning caucusing meetings for Major Groups and other stakeholders from 8:30-9:30 am in Conference Room 7 located in the basement of the UN Conference Building. Please note on Thursday 21 May this meeting will take place in Conference Room 8, also from 8:30-9:30 am.

The following colleagues from the UN system will join the morning caucusing meetings:

  • Monday, 18 May: Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director DESA DSD (on post-2015 process)
  • Tuesday, 19 May: Mr. Daniel Platz, DESA FFD Office (on FFD process)
  • Wednesday, 20 May: Ms. Marion Barthelemy, Chief of DESA DSD Intergovernmental Support and Interagency Branch (on HLPF preparations)
  • Thursday, 21 May: Ms. Suvi Seppalainen, Advisor, Office of the President of the 69th session of the General Assembly (on PGA post-2015 hearings)
The co-facilitators of the post-2015 process have circulated a revised proposal for the themes of the interactive dialogues to be held during the post-2015 Summit in September. It is available at http://bit.ly/1KNbSL8

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (consultations on the zero draft outcome document) 12-15 May:

Member States provided general feedback on the revised draft of the Addis Ababa Accord, and considered the first nine paragraphs of the document in paragraph-by-paragraph negotiations. 

A few notes from the opening session of the FfD3 negotiations this week:

  • South Africa, for the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), welcomed the text and recommended keeping the structure of the document in line with the structure of the Monterrey Consensus.
  • EU expressed concern that, despite good language in the introduction, the revised draft is built on the outdated North-South model, the environmental dimension is weakened, and the economic dimension is overemphasized. He called for: operationalizing the principle of shared responsibility, as all actors need to contribute; mutual accountability, defined as transparency and accountability of all at all levels; and a single monitoring framework for the FfD 3 and post-2015 processes, under FfD.
  • US said the draft moved in the wrong direction, back to the North-South divide, and called for a stronger focus on inclusion and people in fragile situations.
  • Both the EU and Republic of Korea said the development effectiveness principles – based on national ownership, transparency, and inclusive partnerships – should be applied to all sources of finance and all actors, further stressing the need for stronger language on good governance, women empowerment and gender equality.
  • The Republic of Korea expressed regret that some numerical targets, such as those on tax revenue or on providing of public services, had been removed from the text.
  • Benin, for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), underscored the need for: allocating 1% of official development assistance (ODA) to the Technology Bank for LDCs; full debt cancellation; and increasing LDCs' voice and participation in setting global norms.
  • The Netherlands said the FfD 3 outcome represents the implementation pillar of the post-2015 development agenda, this being the yardstick for its evaluation. Comparing the draft with a “Macedonian fruit salad, rich and nutritious and containing everything, even though not everyone might like every fruit,” he said Member States' task is to maximize the mix of means of implementation (MOI), in a constructive, non-ideological and universal manner.
  • Switzerland expressed support for the structure of the document, and welcomed the integration of all the MOI contained in the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also said the environmental dimension needs to be strengthened.
  • Mexico called for addressing the development challenges of Middle Income Countries (MICs) in the text. Liechtenstein noted that rule of law could be better reflected. Sweden said emerging economies should do their part in taking on commitments, further stressing the important role of civil society organizations and encouraging their participation. Israel underscored the need to maximize the benefits of entrepreneurship, and to highlight the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in promoting inclusiveness.
  • Noting that climate change is human-made, Germany stressed the need for ecological sustainability measures and for stronger language on carbon pricing and fossil fuels subsidies, while calling for the LDCs' support, “due to their vulnerability.”
  • Affirming that poverty cannot be eradicated without addressing energy poverty, Saudi Arabia said, “this document deals with financing for development, so let us keep it for development.” He said issues like climate change, new market-based mechanisms, or carbon pricing are being discussed under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and bringing them into the FfD 3 track jeopardizes the possibility to finalize FfD 3 negotiations by mid-June, as planned. 
In addition, on the 12 May at 09:00-9:45hrs EST the FfD3 co-facilitators held a short informal meeting with CSOs. 
 
During the meeting the co-facilitators:
  • ​Stated the message of an ambitious agenda is a recurring theme and welcome the concerns from partners and stakeholders. They call for CSOs to keep advocating for an ambitious agenda as we move forward.
  • Stated the revised draft outcome document take into consideration all concerns/comments even though it is not a perfect draft outcome document it represent some progress. They tried to take a balance approach to accommodate all views from stakeholders.
Please find available resources on TAP Network activities and outputs on our official website at http://www.tapnetwork2015.org
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Download the TAP Network Calender of Post-2015 Events
Upcoming United Nations Meetings/Events:
 
May 2015:
 
18-22 May: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Follow-up and review)
26-27: Informal Hearing with NGOs, Civil Society, Major Groups and the Private Sector on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
26-29 May:  Informal Consultations draft of the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (tentative)
28 May: ECOSOC Forum on Partnership

 
June 2015
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