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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 2, ISSUE 4

24 APRIL 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: Welcoming new leadership in Steering the TAP Network forward

Dear TAP Friends,

It's been another interesting and busy week here in New York around the Post-2015 negotiations, where discussions around the link between the FfD3 and Post-2015 processes have come to a head. And while Member States might be busy with negotiations, all of the TAP Network has been equally busy in our advocacy around the TAP FfD3 Position Paper, and our ongoing work around TAP Network position papers on SDG Indicators and Accountability.

We're also delighted to announce that we have determined the membership of our new TAP Network Steering Committee. We have a very strong and diverse set of organizations within its membership – with organizations headquartered in five different countries, in four different regions, and including two from the global south. All of the details are outlined below in the newsletter! 

We'll be having our next TAP Network conference call on Wednesday, 29 April at 10:00 EST/14:00 GMT/15:00 BST. We hope you all can join this call on Wednesday, as it'll be a crucial opportunity to debrief from the two straight weeks of negotiations on FfD and Post-2015, as well as taking a look at the next Post-2015 negotiation session on follow up and review. Instructions for joining the call on Wednesday can be found in the newsletter below as well. 

As a reminder, the deadline for comments on the SDG Indicators position paper is today, so please provide your inputs in this final stage of consultation. Our accountability drafting group is in the final stages of putting together the initial draft of the Accountability position paper, and we will circulate it to the rest of the TAP Network next week for the first round of consultation.

Thanks again for all of your hard work over these past few weeks on a wide range of fronts, and we look forward to speaking with you all on our next TAP Network conference call on Wednesday! 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
Next TAP Network Call: Wednesday, 29 April, 9:00 EST / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 BST

We will have our next TAP Network call next Wednesday, 29 April at 10:00 EST/14:00 GMT/15:00 BST. This call will give us an opportunity to take stock of the FfD and Post-2015 negotiations these past two weeks, introduce the new TAP Network Steering Committee to all of you, and discuss next steps and entry points into the next set of Post-2015 negotiations from 18-22 May on “Follow up and review.” There is quite a lot to discuss from these past few weeks of negotiations, as well as some encouraging updates on our own work from within the TAP Network – and the next set of Post-2015 negotiations represents a great opportunity for us for our advocacy as well. 

Ways to Join Conference Call:
 
Go to: https://www.uberconference.com/wfuna or just call 888-919-9843. No PIN needed.
 
Alternate #: 646-791-6815

Additional international access dial-in numbers
TAP Network Steering Committee:

Due to the withdrawal of one of the nominees for the new TAP Network Steering Committee, we are left with five organizations for the five spots on the Steering Committee. Therefore, these five nominees will represent the membership of the TAP Network Steering Committee for this year going forward.
 
Thanks very much to all of those who have put your organization forward for this leadership role of the TAP Network, and congratulations to the five that are taking this very important work forward! We have a very strong and diverse set of organizations within its membership – with organizations headquartered in five different countries, in four different regions, and including two from the global south.
 
The new TAP Network Steering Committee members are:
  • Human Rights First Rwanda Association
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
  • Plan International
  • World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)
You can find a bit more about the Steering Committee members on the TAP Network website here.
 
Thanks and congratulations again to the new Steering Committee members, and we look forward to taking the important work of the TAP Network forward with all of you from here!
UPDATES/INTEL
Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development:
 
Some key highlights:

During the opening session:
 
Co-Facilitator Ambassador David Donoghue (Ireland):
  • Emphasized the post-2015 and FfD processes must work together for both to be successful.
  • Expectations on FfD and MoI in the Adidas process:
    • He outlined two “headline adjectives” to describe their work: universality and ambition.
    • He said this meeting will discuss how Member States are willing to support their political will with real changes in policies, institutions and resources.
Co-Facilitator Ambassador Macharia Kamau (Kenya):
  • Offered delegates a “reality check” by reading them newspaper headlines about recent tragedies that were caused by inequalities among and within countries, and terrorism and violence around the world.
  • Mentioned Goal 16 is linked with addressing the issue of terrorism.
  • He reminded delegates that their decisions address these issues and that they are dealing with “very real challenges and issues,” as they attempt to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet.
Co-Facilitator Ambassador George Talbot (Guyana):
  • Highlighted that that the FfD3 zero draft aspires to build a framework for financing sustainable development and provide a platform for specific deliverables, FfD3 Co-Facilitator George Talbot (Guyana) invited delegates to think about the actions that need to be taken “to make a paradigm shift.”
Co-Facilitator Geir Ambassador Pedersen (Norway):
  • Stressed the urgency of the task and reminded Member States they have only 12 weeks to finish their work before FfD3 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
During the Follow-up and review on FfD and MoI session:
 
Member States interventions stating support for separate tack on FfD and Post-2015 processes:
  • South Africa on behalf of G77 and China
  • Trinidad & Tobago on behalf of CARICOM
  • Maldives on behalf of AOSIS
  • India
  • Niger on behalf of African Group
Member States interventions stating support for a single track on FfD and Post-2015 processes:
  • European Union
  • Republic of Korea
  • France
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Denmark
During the closing session: (Next Steps):
  • The next Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Follow-up and review) to be held 18-22 May 2015 will be guided by a background paper, which the co-facilitators will circulate in advance.
  • Co-Facilitator Ambassador David Donoghue (Ireland) stressed we need to make progress on follow-up and review for the next session.
  • Co-Facilitators will circulate a draft programme before the next session.
  • Suggested the 19 May will focus on targets.
  • Co-Facilitators will circulate updated documents from the March sessions:
    • Targets in the proposed SDG framework
    • Technical report by UNSC
    • Proposed themes for the Post-2015 Summit
  • Co-Facilitator Ambassador David Donoghue (Ireland) recommended the scheduled informal informals for FfD should be held at the expert level.
  • Stated they will agree on the proposed themes for the post-2015 summit in the Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Follow-up and review) to be held 18-22 May 2015.
  • Co-Facilitator Ambassador George Talbot (Guyana) stated they would circulate an updated Zero Draft in May.
  • Stated informal consultations for FfD will be held 11-15 May and 26-29 May with provisional consultations to be held 1-5 June.
  • FfD Co-Facilitators want to conclude their work by 19 June for the Zero Draft.
You can download this briefing note at http://bit.ly/1Qrqi8u
 
Next Steps for the Indicators Framework for the Post-2015 Agenda: 

Some key highlights:

Director of the DESA Statistics Division Mr. Stefan Schweinfes
  • The main mechanism to develop the global indicator framework is the IAEG SDGs which will advise over the next 15 years on the global indicator framework.
  • The IAEG SDGs will be open to civil society, webcasted, and documentation for this meeting will be available, and there will be an official website. 
  • Underlined that the 27 core countries that will make up the IAEG SDGs will define their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which will include the mechanism for civil society engagement. 
  • Highlighted that one way for civil society to contribute their inputs is through the Google Doc NGLS has provided for stakeholder feedback on the indicators for the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda (http://bit.ly/1J3wBx3). The deadline for inputs is 26 April 2015.
  • The next meeting with the Director of the DESA Statistics Division Mr. Stefan Schweinfest and civil society will be in second half of May 2015. 
  • Full briefing notes can be found at http://bit.ly/1DlwTqI
IISD Reporting Services has a comprehensive report on the Second Drafting Session on the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development 13-17 April 2015 which you can retrieve at http://bit.ly/1G7S01Y.
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:
 
April 2015:

28 April: Civil society hearing on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system
 
May 2015:
 
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