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

Vol 6 Issue 2

11 September 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: 

Dear TAP Friends, 

As we approach the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in a few short weeks, we have heard from many of you already that you will be in New York, and we look forward to connecting with all of you while you are here. A reminder to please fill out the form to let us know that you will be in New York for the Summit, so we can all be in touch around various opportunities and TAP gatherings for what will surely be a busy and exciting week! You can fill out the form to let us know that dates that you will be in New York here. 

Also, looking ahead to the IAEG-SDGs meeting in Bangkok, we are very excited that we'll have the opportunity to support travel funding for a TAP Network expert on data and indicators for what will be a very important advocacy opportunity for us when it comes to Goal 16 measurement and follow-up. A reminder that you can apply for this funding opportunity until Thursday, 24 September, and you can apply here

As always, we're here as a resource to all of you, so please don't hesitate to reach out over these next couple of weeks if you have any questions about the Post-2015 Summit or our advocacy opportunities over these few weeks ahead and beyond. We look forward to welcoming many of you to New York for the Post-2015 Summit, and we'll be in touch shortly with upcoming events and opportunities for TAP engagement! 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
Nominations for TAP Funding: Second Meeting of IAEG-SDGs, 26-28 October, Bangkok:

With the Second Meeting of the Interagency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) approaching from October 26-28 in Bangkok, we are pleased to announce that the TAP Network Steering Committee has decided to use TAP funding to fund the participation of a technical expert from within the Network to attend the IAEG-SDGs. This meeting of the IAEG-SDGs will be a very important meeting for us to influence and cover, particularly as we push on as a Network around data/indicators for the SDGs and Goal 16, with this work also having broader implications on follow-up and review and accountability for the SDGs as well. 

If you are interested in being considered to represent the TAP Network at the IAEG-SDGs meeting in Bangkok from 26 – 28 October, with or without TAP funding, please fill out the nomination form here:
. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, 24 September, so please submit your nominations ASAP.

For your reference, the TAP Network Steering Committee will chose this TAP representative, based on the following criteria: 
  • IMPORTANT: Prior confirmation of selection by UN to attend the IAEG-SDGs meeting. OFFICIAL APPLICATION HERE: (Official UN Deadline: 8 September)
  • Extensive expertise in the relevant subjects that will be discussed at the IAEG-SDGs, including data, measurement of development issues and indicators. 
  • High level of engagement in previous TAP Network work around data/indicators.
  • Willingness to represent and undertake advocacy on behalf of the TAP Network and provide additional support for TAP’s work at the IAEG-SDGs, as necessary.
As we do with every other key advocacy opportunity, it will be important for us to know which TAP members are planning on attending the IAEG-SDGs. So if you are planning on attending, with or without funding from TAP, please also fill out the form so we can coordinate with all of you while we are in Bangkok. You can also engage with the work of the TAP Network Data/Indicators Working Group by joining the google group here: 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all about the process for nominations, and we look forward to receiving your nominations for the IAEG-SDGs meeting soon! 
TAP Network Representatives in New York for Post-2015 Summit and UNGA:

In an effort to help us coordinate with all of you while you are here in New York, please fill out this form if you will be attending the Post-2015 Summit or the UN General Assembly High-Level week:
As we have done in the past, this form also doubles as a nomination form for any potential TAP Network speaking opportunities – so if you are interested in being considered for any of these potential opportunities as they may arise, it is imperative that you fill out the form. We will send out multiple reminders to the listserv about this form, and we will come back to you with a deadline for speaker nominations soon. But please fill out the form ASAP if you already know that you will be in New York for the Summit, as it will help us plan our activities around the UNGA accordingly. 

Civil Society Speakers Selected for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit:

24 representatives of civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and the Major Groups have been selected to speak during the UN Sustainable Development Summit. These speakers were identified through an open, transparent and participatory process involving a civil society Selection Committee, facilitated by UN-NGLS in cooperation with UN DESA, at the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly. The civil society Selection Committee created a short-list of 80 candidates from 435 applications received, and the President of the General Assembly made the final selection of a diverse set of speakers for this historic Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

Keynote speaker during 25 September opening plenary

Mr. Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Interactive Dialogues

25 September, 12:00-3:00pm - Ending Poverty and hunger

Ms. Winnie Byanyima - Oxfam International
Ms. Åsa Skogström Feldt - The Hunger Project
Mr. Mosharraf Hossain - ADD International

25 September, 3:00-6:00pm - Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind

Ms. Muna AbuSulayman - Directions Consulting
Ms. Maryanne Diamond - International Disability Alliance
Ms. Camilla Croso - Global Campaign for Education

26 September, 10:00am-1:00pm - Fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and production

Mr. Paul Quintos  - Campaign for Peoples Goals for Sustainable Development
Ms. Madani Koumare - Réseau national d’appui à la promotion de l’économie sociale et solidaire (RENAPESS)
Ms. Patrícia Iglecias - Secretariat for the Environment of the State of São Paulo

26 September, 3:00-6:00pm - Delivering on a revitalised Global Partnership

Ms. Jennifer Vinas-Forcade - LAC Youth Alliance / Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Juventudes (member of the Youth Leadership Working Group and Major Group of Children and Youth)
Ms. Ranja Sengupta - Third World Network and part of Asia Pacfific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism
Ms. Sivananthi Thanenthiran - Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

27 September, 10:00am-1:00pm - Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to achieve sustainable development

Mr. Larry Attree - Saferworld
Ms. Joan Carling - Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Ms. Aysel Asgarova - Youth Peer Education Network

27 September, 2:00-5:00pm - Protecting our planet and combatting climate change

Ms. Aby Drame - ENDA Energy
Mr. Roberto Mukaro Borrero - International Indian Treaty Council
Mr. Wael Hmaidan - Climate Action Network International
Ms. Yolanda Kakabadse - WWF International

Plenary meetings

Dates and times for each of these speakers to be confirmed

Ms. Sharan Burrow - International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Workers and Trade Unions Major Group
Mr. Steve Lalande - International Forum Of NGO Platforms
Ms. Sylvia Beales - HelpAge International and Stakeholder Group on Ageing
Ms. Luisa Emilia Reyes Zúñiga - Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia and Women's Major Group

Please find available resources on TAP Network activities and outputs on our official website at
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Upcoming United Nations Meetings/Events: