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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

Vol 7 Issue 1

9 October 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: Week 1 of the 2030 Agenda era

Dear TAP Friends, 

Coming off of a very busy couple of weeks around the Post-2015 Summit, we can all collectively celebrate the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, which we've all put in so much work towards over these past couple of years! A big thanks once again to all of you for investing so much for your time and efforts into the work of TAP throughout this whole process, and our relative success throughout our advocacy on a number of fronts is all a direct result of your hard work. 

We were very pleased to have so many of you join us for our TAP Network lunch around the Summit as well, so thanks to all who took the time to come connect with us and fellow TAP colleagues. We started the conversation around what comes next for our collective work, and we'll look to build upon this discussion in the coming weeks ahead when we will consult with all of you more deeply regarding our future work programmes and priorities. 

While the 2030 Agenda has officially been adopted at the Summit, our work around this agenda has only just begun. We as civil society have just as much of a role, if not a more important role, to play in the implementation and accountability for this new agenda than we had in the "design" phase, and I'm confident that we're all up for the challenge, particularly working together. All of our work over the last year and more has merely set the stage for this important work by the Network, and we look forward to working closely with all of you taking this forward as well. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
www.tapnetwork2015.org
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
TAP Network Conference Call - 9 October 2015:

Thanks to those of you who were able to join the TAP Network call this morning. For your reference, please find the minutes from this call attached here. The minutes provide a good overview of the opportunities for TAP in the coming months ahead and an update on some of the work that we’ve been collectively undertaking these past couple of months as well.
 
A few follow-up points from the call this morning.
  • If you are interested in contributing to our ongoing work around SDG/Goal 16 data and indicators, please join the Data/Indicators working group ASAP, as we will be finalizing our inputs for the IAEG-SDGs meeting next week. Join the group here: http://bit.ly/1DtchEc
  • You can also see the list of TAP members who will be in Bangkok for the IAEG-SDGs meeting here: http://bit.ly/1LCrO87. If you are not on this list, and will be attending the IAEG, please fill out the form here: http://goo.gl/forms/qff0haf3jF
  • We will also be looking to put together a brief with an analysis of the state of the follow-up and review/accountability discussions for the 2030 Agenda, which identifies some of the gaps, key processes and opportunities to influence the discussions as we look ahead to our collective work on this front. If you are interested in contributing to drafting this brief, please just simply respond to this email and let us know. 
TAP Network Data/Indicators Working Group Conference Call - 8 October 2015:

Thanks to all of you who joined the TAP Data/Indicators Working Group call this morning. For your reference, please find the minutes from the meeting attached here.
  • Timeline for finalizing TAP Metadata tables:
    • 14 October 2015: Drafting Groups Inputs Finalized, and sent to TAP Network Coordinators for compilation
    • 15-18 October 2015: Final Review of entire compilation of inputs by entire TAP Data/Indicators Working Group.
    • 19-21 October 2015: FINAL Document sent around for endorsements by all TAP Network organizations
UPDATES/INTEL
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 held on the 25-27 September.

‘Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' was adopted at the opening of the UN Summit for Sustainable Development, on 25 September 2015. 

IISD Reporting Services has a comprehensive report on the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 held 25-27 September which you can retrieve at http://bit.ly/1iIeBgR
Technology Facilitation Mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team (Deadline 18 October):

Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs.

The mechanism will be comprise of:
– A United Nations inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals;
– A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals;
– An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

In operationalizing these components, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further decides that the United Nations inter-agency task team will work with 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to prepare the meetings of the multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as in the development and operationalization of the online platform.

For more information about the technology facilitation mechanism please see: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism

The 10 representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community will be appointed by the Secretary-General for periods of 2 years, taking into consideration geographical and gender balance and ensuring a mix of disciplinary expertise capturing science, technology and innovation aspects across the full range of the sustainable development agenda. The 10 representatives will serve in their independent, personal capacity and shall have internationally recognized excellence in their field or fields of expertise. The role is considered voluntary, and is not subject to remuneration.

In ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency task team are hereby inviting interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by 6 p.m. (NY time) on Friday, 9 October 2015, by completing the following form: http://bit.ly/1iYWPa5 for final selection by the Secretary-General.
Second Committee of the 70th session of the GA: Draft Programme of Work and Reports of the Secretary-General on Sustainable Development Related Items:

The Second Committee of the 70th session of the General Assembly will meet from 7 October to 25 November 2015. The draft programme of work is available at: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/C.2/69/L.68 and the schedule of meetings at: http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/70/calendar.pdf

The Second Committee will hold a debate on the agenda item on sustainable development and its related sub-items on 19-20 October. Related reports of the Secretary-General can be accessed at: 
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/intergovernmental/sgreports.

Please note that while the rules of procedure of the General Assembly and its Main Committees do not have a formal mechanism for engaging MGoS, most meetings are open to colleagues with valid UN grounds passes. The formal meetings of the Committee will also be web cast online at webtv.un.org. For more information on the different General Assembly Main Committees, including the Second Committee, please see: http://www.un.org/en/ga/maincommittees/index.shtml

Apply to speak at the Informal Consultations with NGOs on the agenda and work of the Second Committee – 22 October 2015:

His Excellency Mr. Andrej Logar, Chairperson of the 70th General Assembly Second Committee and Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations, is convening informal consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Conference Room 2, at the United Nations Headquarters.

This innovative step in the Second Committee represents a unique opportunity for civil society to share its distinctive perspective and concrete inputs to Member States’ deliberations on the Committee’s agenda and work in order to better respond to the challenges of implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

This nomination process seeks candidates as speakers to address either of the following questions:

  1. How can the Second Committee ensure that its work is in line with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
  2. How should the agenda of the Second Committee look like in the coming years?

All candidates must be representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and authorized to speak on behalf of their organization. Due to the technical nature of the discussions, all candidates should be familiar with the discussions regarding the Post-2015 process, as well as the work of the Second Committee, in order to provide substantive inputs into the discussion.

Submit applications to speak here.

You can also provide brief and concrete written contributions, which will be posted on CSONet.

Submit written contributions to: ngobranch@gmail.com.

The deadline for submitting written contributions is 19 October 2015.

First meeting of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for post-2015 monitoring:

On 6 March 2015, at its forty-sixth session, the United Nations Statistical Commission created a High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for post-2015 monitoring (HLG), composed of Member States and including regional and international agencies as observers. The HLG aims to establish a global partnership for sustainable development data. The HLG will report annually to the Statistical Commission.

Mandate:

The HLG and has been tasked to provide strategic leadership for the sustainable development goal implementation process as it concerns statistical monitoring and reporting.

Membership:

In establishing the HGL, the United Nations Statistical Commission requested the use of existing regional mechanisms in order to ensure equitable regional representation and technical expertise. The Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission is a ex-officio member of the HLG.

Activities:

The High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for post-2015 monitoring (HLG) will hold its first meeting via teleconference, on 7 October 2015, from 7:00am to 9:00am (New York time).

Meeting objectives:
  • Review the group's mandate and Terms of refernce
  • Discuss plans for the World Forum on Sustainable Development Data
  • Review plans for the preparation of a report to be submitted to the UN Statistical Commission
Tentative Agenda:
  • Opening
  • TORs and methods of work of the group
  • World Forum and collaboration with the Global Partnership
  • Activities in 2015 (preparation of the report to the UNSC)
  • Next meeting
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