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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 1, ISSUE 4

27 MARCH 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: Marching into April 

Dear TAP Friends,

It's been quite a busy, but successful week here in New York for the TAP Network around the Post-2015 Negotiations, and it has been great to see many of you here. Thanks to the contributions of many of you, the TAP Network published an Open Letter Response to the UN Statistical Commission's technical report on SDG indicators, which enjoyed the endorsement of 28 organizations from the TAP Network and was very well received here. 

The TAP Network also hosted a successful event on Wednesday on "Making Goal 16 Transformative: Governance Indicators in a Post-2015 World", which we co-hosted with the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN. The event stimulated an incredibly fruitful discussion, and I think the criticality of getting our work “right” on this front was reflected through the “standing room only” crowd that the event drew in a room for over 100 people. We have already drawn a significant amount of interest in potential follow-up events and work with Member States on this topic, as well as from CSOs in joining and contributing to the work of the TAP Network. 

Thanks to the hard work of many of you around the Financing for Development position paper, we have finalized the paper reflecting all of your inputs, and have circulated the paper for sign-on and endorsement from TAP Network organizations. More information about endorsement of this position paper from TAP organizations can be found in the newsletter below. 

Finally, we'll have our next TAP Network call next week on Wednesday, 1 April, 9:00 EST / 13:00 GMT / 14:00 BST. We hope you will be able to join the call, as we'll debrief as a group on this week's negotiations and talk about next steps with our TAP Network outputs going forward. Details for joining the call are below in the newsletter. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about anything TAP related going forward, or of course if you have any opportunities that would be important for collaboration as the TAP Network. We look forward to taking the work of TAP further forward with you next week, and also to seeing you in New York for those who will be attending the Post-2015 negotiations next week.

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
Next TAP Network Call: Wednesday, 1 April, 9:00 EST / 13:00 GMT / 14:00 BST

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS:

Please by advised because of scheduling conflicts, the time for the TAP Network conference call scheduled for 1 April 2015 has changed to 09:00-10:30 EST / 13:00-14:30 GMT. Apologies for the inconvenience. 


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 FfD Position Paper available for sign-on and endorsement:
 
We are very pleased to inform to all of you that the TAP Network FfD Position Paper is available for your organization’s sign-on and endorsement. This is a product of the tireless work of so many of you, so thanks very much again to all of you who have contributed to the drafting of this TAP FfD position over the past few weeks! This position paper represents the TAP Network’s broader advocacy points around FfD issues, and having these common points and agreed language as a Network will afford us the flexibility to produce more pointed and rapid responses and outputs (1 or 2-pagers, open letters, etc.) to various opportunities as they arise. Through your organization’s sign-on/endorsement, you can affirm your support for the TAP Network’s broader positions on FfD, as outlined through this position paper.
 
For those of you who would like to endorse this position paper through your organization, please simply send an email to John romano@wfuna.org and Liam at kincaid@wfuna.org with your logo attached so we can include it on the paper. 
 
Sign-on/endorsements will be accepted on an ongoing and rolling basis, however, to include your endorsement of the position paper in our initial outreach to Member States, please send us your endorsement by no later than Wednesday, 8 April – as we will aim to circulate the position paper to Member States that week prior to the Second FfD3 Drafting Session from 13-17 April.
 
Just as we’ve done with all of our previous joint TAP Network outputs, we’re looking for a wide endorsement from TAP Network organizations (and other CSO partners as well) for this position paper, as it has really spoken very profoundly to show Member States the broad level of support for these positions amongst civil society – which has helped our advocacy tremendously in the past. Please also keep in mind that sign-on/endorsement is not necessarily limited to CSOs that are already part of the TAP Network, so your help in reaching out to other potentially interested organizations is very much appreciated - and you can forward this message, and our contact information, on to them as well.
 
Call for Volunteers to lead drafting of TAP Network Response to FfD3 Zero Draft:
 
We’ve had many of you reach out to us about putting together a TAP Network joint-response to the FfD3 Zero Draft. Now that the TAP Network FfD Position Paper has been finalized, we can turn our attention to a more pointed response to the zero draft, based on our common positions. Through a simple response by email, please let us know or confirm your interest in helping draft the TAP Network Response to the FfD3 Zero Draft.
 
Thanks very much again to all of you who contributed to the TAP FfD Position Paper, and to all of you in advance for your continued engagement on the FfD front, through our TAP Network FfD3 Zero Draft Response, or otherwise. We look forward to receiving your sign-on/endorsements for the TAP FfD Position Paper over the coming weeks ahead, and to working with you in our advocacy on this front going forward. 
TAP Network Side-Event Making Goal 16 Transformative: Governance Indicators in a Post-2015 World”, co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN:
Let us first mention, it was great to see many of you on Wednesday at our TAP Network Side-Event “Making Goal 16 Transformative: Governance Indicators in a Post-2015 World”, co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN. It was a very successful event with an incredibly fruitful discussion, and we think the criticality of getting our work “right” on this front was reflected through the “standing room only” crowd that the event drew in a room for over 100 people. We have already drawn a significant amount of interest in potential follow-up events and work with Member States on this topic, as well as from CSOs in joining and contributing to the work of the TAP Network. The TAP Network Open Letter Response on Indicators that we presented at the event also managed to draw a significant amount of interest as well, so thanks again to all of you who contributed to the drafting of that paper, and to all that endorsed the letter! 

For those of you who were not able to make it to the event on Wednesday, please find the notes from the meeting attached here. You can also find the latest version of the open letter on Indicators attached here, with 28 signatures gathered in a matter of 2.5 days – again, well done everyone!

Thanks again to all that made it to the event, and we hope to host many more successful events like this in partnership with all of you down the road! 
TAP Network Open Letter to National Statistical Offices, UN Agencies and CSOs:
During our side-event Making Goal 16 Transformative: Governance Indicators in a Post-2015 World on the 25 March the TAP Network presented our open letter in response to the UN Technical Report on SDGs Indicator Framework.

The open letter to National Statistical Offices, UN Agencies and CSOs was endorsed by 28 organizations from the TAP Network.

The open letter emphasizes it is critical that indicators are chosen which:
  • are relevant for and representative of the target in question
  • can capture the different elements of the goal;
  • can produce reliable and timely data that can be universally measured and monitored in a responsive manner at the national, regional and global levels;
  • can provide for disaggregated-level data (by gender, age, income group, territorial level, etc.);
  • capture different dimensions of the delivery (input, output, outcome, impact and process/structural).
  • are drawn from official and third-party data sources.
You can find the latest version of the open letter on Indicators attached here
UPDATES/INTEL
Post-2015 Agenda: During the Third Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Sustainable development goals and targets) the co-facilitators released a draft document on "Targets in the proposed SDGs framework"  which effectively amounts to a preliminary assessment of a “technical proofing” exercise. The document was put together by each of the TST clusters on certain issues, and for the most part it seems like it essentially suggests tweaks to the targets based on existing international agreements or points of consensus. The co-facilitators made it very clear that these suggested tweaks do not alter the ambition or political balance at all, it is essentially just an attempt to fill in the x’s and y’s from the OWG document. Goal 16 has been spared in this “review,” which tells us that the goal and targets themselves are in theory “technically sound.” 

Member States also discussed the UNSC technical report on SDG Indicators, which provided a preliminary analysis of proposed indicators for the SDGs. The general consensus from Member States throughout the negotiations this week centered around the need to retain the technical nature of these discussions, 

It was also highlighted the work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG), will hold its first meeting in May 2015. However, their is still not clarity on the mechanisms for civil society inputs. 

In the daily coordination meetings for Major Groups and other stakeholders holder Ms. Francesca Perucci, Chief of the Statistical Services Branch of the DESA Statistics Division provided a briefing to civil society. She stated the first meeting of the IAEG  SDGs will be held in May and will focus on developing its working methods and they might develop mechanisms for civil society inputs. 

In addition, the co-facilitators of the Post-2015 negotiations have released the themes for the six interactive dialogues for the Post-2015 Summit in September. Notably, one of the dialogue themes is “promoting peaceful societies and strong institutions”; with others such as “a renewed global partnership and adequate means of implementation” and “reviewing progress on SDG commitments; universality and differentiations” in line with our TAP Network joint position papers that we’re currently developing on MoI/Global Partnership and Accountability. 

We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop regarding entry points for these dialogues going forward. You can find the list of the 6 themes here.

Furthermore, the co-facilitators put forward the proposed programme for the next session of the Post-2015 negotiations. The Post-2015 and FfD co-facilitators have proposed this joint session for the next negotiation session in April, which Member States are discussing today. This proposed joint session will take place the week after the April FfD drafting session, and is envisioned that it would provide more clarity regarding the link between the FfD Addis outcome and the Post-2015 process, specifically on the means of implementation. 

We’ll be following this closely, and we’ll be sure to update you as things develop. 
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:

7 April: PGA High-level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation
8-10 April: DCF Symposium on Development Cooperation for People and Planet: What Will it Take?
8-9 April: FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector
13-17 April: Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD
20-24 April: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development)

 
May 2015:
 
 
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