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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 5, ISSUE 1

3 July 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: The Plot Thickens

Dear TAP Friends, 

The phrase "everything happening all at once" that we've been using in recent weeks to describe our work is surely an understatement, as our ongoing work around several key UN processes continues to a fever pitch. We can't thank you all enough for the time and effort you have put in to engaging in this work via the TAP Network, and I can say that our success over the past few weeks and months is entirely the result of this keen engagement from all of you. 

Thanks also to all who joined us for the TAP Network conference. For your reference, you can find the notes from the call on our website here. With a new draft of the Post-2015 outcome document expected to be released in the coming weeks ahead, we will need to stand ready to respond to the wide range of opportunities that we'll have to input into these processes. 

On top of that, next week's newsletter will come to you all via Addis Ababa, as both of us will be attending the FfD3 conference, and the CSO forum the weekend beforehand. We'll be putting on two side-events, one with the Open Society Foundations on “Stolen Asset Recovery and Resources for the Post 2015 Development Agenda” and the other with UN-NGLS on “Transparency, Accountability and Participation: Laying the Foundation for People-Centered Implementation”

To help us coordinate with all of you who will be attending the FfD3 Conference, please fill out the following form if you will be attending the FfD3 Conference in Addis Ababa: http://bit.ly/1Jtgmdo

Thanks once again for your keen engagement over these critical weeks ahead, and we look forward to coordinating with all of you from Addis Ababa soon! 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
www.tapnetwork2015.org
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
TAP Network Steering Committee Conference Call, Thursday 2 July: meeting minutes here

TAP Network Conference Call, Thursday 2 July: meeting minutes here

TAP Representatives in Addis Ababa for Financing for Development Conference and Speaker Nominations for TAP side-event:

With the latest session of the Post-2015 IGN last week behind us and with the HLPF upon us, we will need to start preparing for our activities around the Financing for Development Conference in Addis in just a few short weeks. 

It will be very important for us to know which TAP representatives will be in Addis Ababa for the FfD3 Conference, and to identify speakers to represent the TAP Network as various opportunities may arise. To help us coordinate with all of you who will be attending the FfD3 Conference, please fill out the following form if you will be attending the FfD3 Conference in Addis Ababa: http://bit.ly/1Jtgmdo . You can also view all of the responses to this form here: http://bit.ly/1GIcdv7

In addition to identifying who will be around and available for meetings these three weeks,this form doubles as a nomination form for putting representatives forward for any potential TAP Network speaking opportunities as they arise – including at our TAP Network side-event on Monday, 13 July – so please be sure to fill out this form, particularly if you’d like to nominate yourself to speak on behalf of TAP during these negotiations. The deadline for nominations for these speakers is Midnight (NY time) on Monday, 6 July. Please keep in mind that you may also nominate other colleagues from your organization if you wish, but please indicate that on the form if you are doing so. For your reference, you can find a very tentative and brief one-pager for the TAP/UN-NGLS side-event attached here.

Thanks very much in advance for filling out the form, and we look forward to coordinating with all of you who will be in attendance at the FfD3 Conference soon!

Morning meeting with representatives of major groups and other stakeholders “Reinforcing major groups and other stakeholders’ participation” HLPF 2015:

Mary-Jane Ncube, Executive Director of Transparency International Zimbabwe, was chosen by the TAP Network Steering Committee to deliver a two-minute statement to the HLPF Interactive Dialogue with the President of ECOSOC on Tuesday morning here in New York. Mary-Jane speaks at the 33:50 mark of the webcast video, which you can find here: http://bit.ly/1NxH0jg
TAP Network Accountability position paper translated into six official UN languages:

As you may recall, we have submitted the TAP Network accountability position paper as an official document into this year’s HLPF. As with all other UN official documents, the UN has translated the paper into the six official languages, which you can find here

You can find the translated versions of our TAP Network Accountability position papers here in:

UPDATES/INTEL
Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document) 22-25 June 2015:
 
IISD Reporting Services has a comprehensive report on the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda 22-25 June 2015 which you can retrieve at http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/enb3219e.pdf

2015 HLPF: General information on HLPF (26 June-8 July):

IISD Reporting Services has a comprehensive report on the 2015 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015)26 June - 8 July 2015 UN Headquarters, New York at http://www.iisd.ca/hlpf/2015/30jun.html

First Meeting of IAEG SDGs:

The report of the first Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) held on 1-2 June 2015 is now available online following this link. The report was approved by the co-chairs of the IAEG-SDGs. It contains in para. 7 the conclusions of the meeting as agreed by the IAEG-SDGs.
CSO #FFD3 Forum Provisional Agenda:

Dowload here the provisional agenda of the CSO FfD Forum: CSO FfD Forum – Advanced Programme – Jul 02

1. Scope of the Forum: The programme is now designed to accommodate 600-700 people. At the moment, the Forum received more than 900 registrations with more than 550 non requiring funding assistance. Considering the participants that the ACG will fund and those funded for the Women’s Forum (which will take place on Jul 10), it is expected that the scope of the meeting may reach 600-700 people. This larger scope required a change of venue (now articulated between three hotels) and a rethinking of the programme to ensure the meeting remains productive and engaging;

2. Structure of the programme: Besides the opening and closing segments, the programme is now articulated on 6 parallel tracks (5 parallel CSO-only thematic tracks and 1 roundtable debate track open to non-CSO participants). Each of the 5 thematic track will also organize one of the roundtables within the open programme and would select one particular issue (or set of issues) to focus that session on. An additional roundtable will be organized on “Gender Justice/Equality” even if there is no corresponding separate thematic track. The “open” roundtable track will probably host a larger number of people and will be primarily devoted to all those that have not been deeply involved in the FfD process to-date (a significant chunk of the participants) in order for them to catch-up with the discussion and get ready for the official conference. This means that the CSO Forum will feature in parallel one informative/policy dialogue roundtable series (open to externals) and 5 CSO-closed thematic working tracks;

3. Thematic breakdown: In terms of the thematic breakdown of the tracks, the programme is organized along the Addis Outcome Document Structure and builds on the fact that the CSO FfD Group is already informally organized along similar clusters. However, the programme proposes to combine “trade, debt, systemic issues and technology” into one track as it is expected to attract a fewer number of participants. It remains understood that the issues are different though there is some synchrony in those actually following them. The ACG has now called on a group of facilitators of this track to organize the programme in a manner that would allow people from others tracks interested in one particular section of the discussion to log in at the appropriate time (it might be a sequential schedule);

4. Responsibility for thematic tracks/roundtables: The ACG and the CSO Forum WG have now called on existing cluster groups to advance the planning on both their respective working track and the related open roundtable, as follows: (1) the side-event working groups on tax justice, private finance and follow-up have been called to facilitate the respective thematic tracks; (2) the WWG will plan and facilitate the gender justice roundtable; (3) two new groups are being assembled (based on the regular contributions to the process so far) to facilitate the IPF track and the debt, trade, systemic, and technology one. Once planning the working tracks and roundtable, the “clusters” can also consider invitation of external resources people, if deemed appropriate. More information in each of the tracks will soon be circulated on the GSEG list;

5. CSO Declaration: One critical dimension is the finalization of the CSO Declaration. The Rapid Response Group (for those new to the list, the RRG is the group that facilitated all the past collective analysis and statements) has already initiated a process to facilitate a GSEG-agreed draft prior to the Forum. A draft declaration (based on the past collective responses) will therefore soon be circulated for GSEG review in the coming few days. The GSEG-endorsed draft will therefore be the main input into the CSO Forum. While we expect that the fundamental thrust be retained, it is also necessary to ensure the ownership of the declaration by the Forum. It is therefore expected that feedback and further input will take place within the closed tracks. We have proposed some meetings in parallel with the “flexi time” for the facilitators/rapporteurs of the tracks to come together and ensure a smooth process throughout the meeting, leading to the Closing Plenary where the Declaration will be adopted;

6. Flexi-time: Each working day of the CSO Forum includes one hour of “flexi-time” for self-organized meetings, presentation and networking sessions. Organizations interested in making use of the “flexi-time” should contact the Organizing Team (Yvonne Omwodo yomwodo@sidint.org) to apply for the space. Should request exceed the limited logistical possibilities, a selection will need to be made;

7. Venue and logistics of the CSO Forum: A logistical information note will be made available by Monday, Jul 6. In the meantime, please be informed that the main conference venues is Hotel Desalegn, while some sessions may take in place in surrounding hotels (Hotel Washington and, maybe, Hotel Atlas). Lunches and dinners will take place in Hotel Desalegn, including the opening reception on Jul 10th. All meals are included free-of-charge for all CSO participants. The CSO Forum participants will be scattered through town and will be responsible to reach the CSO Forum venue at the start of each session. However, bus transport to the main hotel areas (i.e. UNECA surrounding hotels, Bole area hotels, etc.) will be provided each evening after dinner;

8. Simultaneous Translation: Looking at the breakdown of participants and considering the shortage of financial resources, the ACG decided to prioritize French translation for the plenary and open roundtable track. The ACG will also commission the translation of the draft Declaration as soon as finalized.
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TAP Network Calender of Post-2015 Events
Upcoming United Nations Meetings/Events:
 
July 2015
 
1 July: TAP Network side-event during the HLPF "Transparency, Accountability and Participation: Building a Post-2015 Review Architecture that is Fit for Purpose"
13-16 July: Third International Conference on Financing for Development Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

13 July: FfD3 side-event organized by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network “Transparency, Accountability and Participation: Laying the Foundation for a Transformative FfD3 Agenda” Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
15 July: FfD3 side-event organized by the Open Society Foundation & Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network “Stolen Asset Recovery and Resources for the Financing for Development and Post 2015 Development Agenda” Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
20-24 July: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations
(Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document)

27-31 July: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document)
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