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

Vol 11 Issue 02

19 February 2016
Message from the TAP Coordinators: 

Dear TAP Friends, 

As things have begun to pick up over these past couple of weeks, there are many important updates in the newsletter below, particularly around the upcoming UN Statistical Commission and the IAEG-SDGs. 

As we begin to take on this ambitious work over the next several months, you'll be hearing a bit more from the TAP Steering Committee through these newsletters, as they update you on all of their ongoing work and the work of the Network more broadly. 

A reminder that in addition to the newsletter, you can find all of the posts and updates from the TAP listserv on the TAP Google Group here:

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
TAP Coordination for UN Statistical Commission and IEAG-SDGs

As we approach the upcoming 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission from 8-11 March in New York, we have put together a google form for all of you to fill out if you will be in New York attending the Statistical Commission, to help us coordinate with those of you who will be here that week. If you or any of your colleagues will be attending the Statistical Commission, please fill out the following short google form here:
Coordinating TAP Network Attendance at 3rd Meeting of IAEG-SDGs - 30 March - 1 April, Mexico City

Following up from our discussions on our call last week about stakeholder participation in the Third Meeting of the IAEG-SDGs in Mexico City, we have put together a very quick google form for all of you to indicate if you have applied or will apply to either participate in the IAEG-SDGs meeting, or to serve on the stakeholder selection committee, which you can find here:
This will be very important for us to know who has applied to participate in the meeting and who has volunteered to be a part of this selection committee, so that we can coordinate our nominations and attendance in ways that will maximize our representation at this meeting, so please be sure to fill this out if you are planning to apply for either opportunity.
Application deadlines:
Stakeholder Selection Committee: 17 February 2016
Application to attend the meeting: 21 February 2016
Apply to attend the meeting:
Apply for Stakeholder Selection Committee:
For more information on the Third meeting of the IAEG-SDGs, visit the UN Statistics Division website here:
Please let us know if you have any questions at all, and looking forward to receiving your responses ASAP.
Reminder: Apply to speak at President of UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs (21 April 2016)

A friendly reminder that we are currently accepting nominations for organizations to represent the TAP Network at the upcoming PGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs on 21 April – more info in our email from last week below.
To nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out the following google form by no later than WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY:

Please let us know if you have any questions at all, and we look forward to receiving your nominations soon.
Open inputs for Retreat on HLPF reviews in 2016:

Please see information below – Germany and the Republic of Korea will host a retreat for countries who have volunteered to participate in national voluntary reviews for the 2030 Agenda at this year’s HLPF. One of the “clusters” of stakeholder constituencies for this retreat has opened up their inputs for broader inputs from stakeholders, and you can find more information below on how to contribute your views. 

The deadline for inputs into these discussions is Monday, 22 February, as you’ll see from the background information below.

Members of the NGO MG are invited to provide their inputs for 4 representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) who will be attending a retreat hosted by Germany and Republic of Korea for the 2016 HLPF volunteering countries in New York from 23-24 February (see attached draft programme and concept note).
Last Friday UN DESA/DSD informed members of the HLPF Working Group that there will be a retreat hosted by Germany and Republic of Korea for the 2016 HLPF volunteering countries in New York from 23-24 February. They informed us that there will be space for 4 representatives of MGoS however with no travel funding available. They suggested that due to the short time frame, we follow the cluster practice of Rio+20 of having 4 seats allocated based upon four clusters of the 9 major groups plus the "other stakeholders". Each cluster would be responsible for selecting a representative by today, Friday, 19 February.

Children & Youth, Women and NGO Major Groups were invited to designate one of the four MGoS representatives. The organizing partners of each MG were responsible for selecting a candidate from their respective constituencies. Three candidates that were then reviewed collectively by the OPs of MGCY, WMG and NGO MG who were responsible for choosing one representative. With apologies, the NGO OPs had little time to inform and conduct a formal nomination process to the wider NGO MG in advance, however we did receive nominations from NY-based NGO representatives based upon the announcement made by UN DESA to the HLPF Working Group.

Following a review of these nominations, the OPs of MGCY, WMG and NGO MG are pleased to announce that we have chosen Nicole Cardinal, Senior Advocacy Adviser of Save the Children, to be one of the four representatives of the MGoS. Nicole has led their organization’s work on the post-2015 agenda at the UN since 2013 and has been highly engaged in multiple post-2015 processes and outreach with Member States, including the OWG on the SDGs and the intergovernmental negotiations.
TAP Network SC ConfCall - Thursday 18 February 2016, 08:00 EST:

Please find meeting minutes here.
The Report of the Secretary-General  Critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level is now available in the six official languages of the UN. Please access the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform to retrieve the documents.
Pleased be inform that DESA/DPAD has launched today a new online platform dedicated to Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development Policies. This initiative was born from the understanding that it is critical to identify the inter-linkages that influence trade-offs and synergies across the three dimensions of sustainable development. UN-DESA and partners have developed a suite of tools to address the complex interrelations underlying sustainable development. The website introduces practitioners to these tools, provides an interactive platform for policy analysts, and, to the extent possible, it makes available the data and model codes to promote further research and policy dialogue.
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:

February 2016

22-24 February: ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System – Session 6
22-24 February: ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016
29 February: Briefing for civil society organizations in preparation for the forty-seventh session of the Statistical Commission

March 2016

8-11 March: 47th Session of UN Statistical Commission 
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