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

Vol 12 Issue 01

18 March 2016
Message from the TAP Coordinators: 

Dear TAP Friends, 

We've reached a key moment in our work as TAP, with agreement on the global indicators for the SDGs at the UN Statistical Commission last week, and further work around the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda set to be discussed in the coming weeks and months ahead. In addition to the numerous entry points and opportunities for our ongoing advocacy on these fronts, we'll soon be releasing a couple of key tools and resources for our collective work this year - namely our Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit and an Independent Evaluation of the TAP Network's work from this past year. Finally, the current TAP Steering Committee will soon launch a nomination and voting process to identify the next TAP Steering Committee in the coming weeks ahead, at a critical moment for us to identify the medium and long-term priorities and direction of the TAP Network going forward. 

With all of these opportunities ahead of us in these next few weeks and months, we are very much looking forward to engaging with all of you more intimately in these discussions, and as always, the Coordinators are here for any questions you may have over the cource of these important processes. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
Update and Notes on Decisions from the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission:

Thanks very much to all of you who supported our work and advocacy this week around the UN Statistical Commission. It was a very busy and important week, and an key milestone in our work around the 2030 Agenda, Goal 16 and the global indicators.
For your reference, attached you can find the notes that we’ve taken on some of the key discussions around the Statistical Commission this week, particularly around the global indicators and the Praia Group on governance statistics from this week. I’ve extracted some of the key highlights and takeaways from this week, which you can find below. We hope these are useful, but we are hoping to have a call sometime in the next week or so to debrief on the Statistical Commission and discuss next steps, so please be on the lookout for that soon as well.
Please let us know if you have any questions at all about any of this, or if anyone else has any additional thoughts or intel to share in addition to all of this.  

 Key highlights from 47th Session of the Statistical Commission:
  • “Decisions” from the Statistical Commission have been adopted (draft from morning of 11 March here). This includes decisions that outline agreement on the global indicator framework, as well as the Terms of Reference for the IAEG-SDGs and its work plan.
  • Throughout the week, there was also discussion to adopt a political “resolution” coming from the Statistical Commission. Member States agreed not to adopt a resolution on the global indicators and IAEG-SDGs report through the Statistical Commission, and instead negotiate on this via ECOSOC and then the General Assembly.
    • The difference between these two (decision or resolution) is essentially a separation between technical outputs from the Statistical Commission, and political outputs from Member States.
  • Overall, in the opinion of the TAP Secretariat, the “decisions” from the Statistical Commission were not bad, but they were not particularly ground-breaking or great. Additionally, they are viewed as mainly procedural in nature, but there are still positive points to build upon going forward – including that we now have technical agreement on a list of indicators that contain many of TAP’s proposed indicators.
    • There were no references to stakeholder engagement in these decisions (nor in the draft resolution that was briefly tabled this week), but with the adoption of the IAEG-SDGs Terms of Reference from its report, stakeholder engagement in the process is outlined explicitly there (see more below).
    • The reference and acknowledgement of other sources of data and methodologies outside of the official statistical systems was a positive development for us (and something we called for in our TAP position paper), particularly including the call for these data and methodologies to be reviewed by NSOs in a transparent manner if they are to be included in the global indicators compilation.
    • The report of the Praia Group on governance statistics was adopted and the group’s work has been praised by many. This will be a key entry point for us going forward in regards to Goal 16 indicators, data and methodologies.
    • The separation of the “declaration” from the “decisions” is also a somewhat positive development, as this helps ensure the integrity of the “technical” outcome (decisions) from the Statistical Commission and the “political” outcome (resolution) from Member States, and avoids the risk of mixing the two.
TAP Network Global SDGs Indicator Position Paper:

The TAP Network Global SDGs Indicator position paper identifies some of the key areas for further collaboration and work between the IAEG-SDGs, the Official Statistical community and stakeholders more broadly, and outlines some concrete recommendations on how we can best undertake this work together.

Download: TAP Network Global SDGs Indicators: building a Framework that is Fit for Purpose

Revised language recommendations for Statistical Commission Draft Resolution and Decisions: 

Download: Stakeholder Text Amendments to Global Indicators Draft Resolution

Download: Draft Decisions for 47th Sessions of UN Statistical Commission – 11 March 2016

Summary from TAP Network UN Statistical Commission Side-Event: "Experiential and Perception Data: Measuring Goal 16 and Leaving No One Behind”:

The TAP Network hosted a side-event around the UN Statistical Commission last week, along with our partners Instituto Nacional de Estatistica de Cabo Verde (INECV), UNDP, Open Society Foundations and Transparency International entitled “Experiential and Perception Data: Measuring Goal 16 and Leaving No One Behind.”  We saw many of you at the event, so thanks very much to those that were able to attend! The event was very well attended by representatives from NSOs, UN Missions and stakeholders alike – which to us indicates both the strong level of interest in these topics by many, as well as the importance of getting things right when it comes to measuring Goal 16 and utilizing experiential and perception data across the board.
For your reference, you can find a summary from the side-event here
Please let us know if you have any questions at all and we hope that this summary is useful to provide a snapshot of the discussions at our event last week. 
Notes from Informal Consultations on SG Report on Follow-up and Review - 17 March:

As mentioned previously, The Permanent Representatives of Belize (Ms. Lois Young) and Denmark (Mr. Ib Peterson) were appointed as co-facilitators to lead an open, inclusive and transparent process of informal consultations with Member States around the Secretary-General’s report on follow-up and review. The co-facilitators convened Member States for the first time yesterday, and outlined a roadmap for next steps in the process. 

For your reference, you can find notes from the session, along with the copy of the roadmap here
General Registration form Expert Group Meeting that will take place on 19 April, in NYC (UNFPA Office):

We are glad to share with you the general registration form for the Expert Group Meeting that will take place on 19 April, in New York City (UNFPA Office)

Prior registration is mandatory in order for participants to be able to enter the building. Deadline for registration is 13 April 2016 (Wednesday). Please note that since seating capacity is limited, registration through this form does not guarantee attendance to the event. Participants will be notified prior to the event.

Also note that there is a separate registration form for the nominations of funded participants, which can be found here (deadline 16 March).

Background: UN DESA/DSD will organize an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 19 April 2016 in New York to provide an opportunity for MGoS, along with invited experts, to discuss how to ensure their effective participation and contribution to the review and implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in the HLPF, building on the extensive provisions contained in resolution 67/290 In particular, the EGM will focus on discussing strategies and approaches for operationalizing the reporting by the MGoS to the HLPF on their contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as called for in paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda. A detailed draft concept note will be made available shortly at

The President of the General Assembly (PGA) is organizing informal dialogues between UN Member States and candidates for Secretary-General starting in April 2016. 

The Office of the PGA has requested UN-NGLS to facilitate a process with civil society to provide questions that can be asked to candidates during these dialogues


via Twitter, Instagram, or online form at

UN-NGLS will facilitate a civil society Committee to short-list 30 questions from those received, to submit to the PGA. 

Apply HERE by 15 March to participate in the Committee

The Office of the PGA will choose some of the short-listed questions to be presented in person, shared via video or audio recordings, or verbally read-out by the President during the dialogues
Please find available resources on TAP Network activities and outputs on our official website at
                                                              TAP Network Position Papers:
Follow us on twitter @TAPNetwork2030: 
Please follow TAP Network Twitter account at @TAPNetwork2030. 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.
TAP Network Calender 2030 Agenda

Upcoming United Nations Meetings/Events:


March 2016

14-24 March: The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women
17 March: Informal consultations of the General Assembly by the co-facilitators (Belize and Denmark) on process to take decisions on critical issues addressed in the report of the Secretary-General
31 March: 2016 ECOSOC Partnership Forum “From commitments to results: Leveraging partnerships for the 2030 Agenda” 
30 March - 1 April: Third meeting of the IAEG-SDGs Mexico City, Mexico

April 2016

4-6 April: ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting
18-22 April: 15th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
21 April: UNGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
25-28 April: International Civil  Society Week 2016 (ICSW) Bogota, Colombia