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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

2030 Agenda Special Edition

7 August 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: 

Dear TAP Friends, 

I wanted to start by offering our sincerest gratitude to all of you for the incredible amount of work and efforts you have put into the collective work of the TAP Network over these past several months of negotiations on the Post-2015 Outcome Document, and of course for the work everyone put in before we joined as Coordinators as well. The successful outcome of the Post-2015 negotiations this past weekend, and the success that we enjoyed in our advocacy these past couple of weeks and months is a testament to all of this work you have all put in to our work. While there's a lot we could go over and recap from these important past few weeks here at the UN, we hope that our intel updates from these past few weeks have provided a snapshot of what was going on at different stages of the process. For those that missed the updates, you can find them all here, and we will also be putting together a report from negotiations in due time as well. 

As we approach the tail end of the summer and look ahead to the Post-2015 Summit in September, this moment provides for a great opportunity to thank all of you and recap how far we've come in these short 6 months since we've joined as coordinators.

Over the past 6 months, we've boosted our membership to 215 individuals, an increase in over 264% over that time. We now have 143 organizations represented within the Network, a 349% increase from 6 months ago. Additionally, we now have 67 organizations headquartered in the global south, which now represents 49% of the total organizations within the Network, and a 1,116% increase from where we started six months ago! We now have 166 followers on twitter since we launched our account a few months ago, and our reach on social media has picked up significantly in these past two weeks of negotiations. 

We've put together several position papers on a wide range of TAP issues thus far, which have received over 250 endorsements for from organizations within the TAP Network, and beyond. These position papers have laid the foundation for our advocacy these past 6 months, and a huge reason for our collective success. We've also provided responses and inputs into various negotiation processes at different stages, and our work on these fronts is certainly far from over. We've also put together some great events on a wide range of topics these past six months, with contributions at all of them from TAP Network members. 

All of this great work has built a strong foundation for us to build upon heading into the Post-2015 Summit next month, and beyond. Our thought leadership on the issues of follow-up and review and accountability, on data and indicators and on broader Goal 16 issues is again due to all of the fantastic work that each of you and your organizations have put into these processes to date. As we take this important work ahead, we will need to strengthen our level of engagement with each other on these issues, as our work is arguably more important in this next phase of implementation and accountability than it has ever been, and we look forward to working more closely with all of you on these issues going forward. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
www.tapnetwork2015.org
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
TAP Network Conference Call (5 Wednesday 2015) Minutes: http://bit.ly/1K5fff0
TAP Network Indicators Working Group and Response to Upcoming IAEG-SDGs Indicators Report:

Coming right off the back of the 2030 Agenda adoption this week, we’ve heard that the UN Statistics Division will release an updated list of SDG Indicators on Tuesday, 11 August, for consideration by the IAEG-SDGs’ work going forward. There have been many who have been interested in inputting into this process for the past few months, with this representing a key opportunity for us to come together around. 

To help steer the Network in regards to our work around data/indicators, we set up a Data and Indicators Working Group of TAP a couple of months ago, in which 23 of you have joined thus far. 

If you’d like to join this TAP Network Data and Indicators Working Group, please fill out the form here so we can add you to the listserv: http://bit.ly/1DtchEc

 It will be very important for all interested colleagues to join this Working Group, as in an effort to streamline our communications and engagement on this front, we will be facilitating our engagement and work around these issues through this Working Group from here on out, while also reporting back to the wider Network on the group’s activities and seeking inputs when needed. Note: Even if you’ve already signed up for this Working Group, please fill out the form again, as we’re now trying to identify which targets/issues in particular each of you specialize in, and would like to contribute targets/inputs around going forward. 

Thanks in advance for your keen engagement on this, and looking forward to speaking with you all on these issues much more in depth next week!

On behalf of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, the Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), we would like to thank those who were able to join us for our “The Role of Third-Party Data in Follow-Up and Review for the Post-2015 Agenda” side-event during the Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations on Thursday, 23 July. For your reference, please find a brief summary from the event at http://bit.ly/1eOm0cc
On behalf of the Open Society Foundations and the TAP Network, we would like to thank those who were able to join us for our “We Want Our Money Back: Stolen Asset Recovery and Resourcing the New Development Agenda” side-event during the FfD3 Conference in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, 15 July. For your reference, please find a brief summary from the event attached at http://bit.ly/1IkD4iI
Thanks to those who joined us for our “Transparency, Accountability and Participation: Laying the Foundation for People-Centered Implementation” side-event during the FfD3 Conference in Addis Ababa on Monday, 13 July. For your reference, please find a brief summary from the event at http://bit.ly/1Dlodb9
UPDATES/INTEL
TAP Network Statement on 2030 Agenda Outcome:

Please find a press release and statement welcoming the adoption of the 2030 Agenda Outcome Document endorsed by 30 organizations and counting. 

You can find it at http://bit.ly/1IqfUY9
Post-2015: Text for adoption at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda:

Core elements of the agreed outcome document:
  • The outcome document highlights poverty eradication as the overarching goal of the new development agenda and has at its core the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
  • Member States pledge that as they embark on this collective journey, no one will be left behind.
  • The ‘five Ps’—people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership—capture the broad scope of the agenda.
  • The 17 sustainable goals and 169 targets aim at tackling key systemic barriers to sustainable development such as inequality, unsustainable consumption and production patterns, inadequate infrastructure and lack of decent jobs.
  • The environmental dimension of sustainable development is covered in the goals on oceans and marine resources and on ecosystems and biodiversity, bringing core issues into the goal and target framework.
  • The means of implementation outlined in the outcome document match its ambitious goals and focus on finance, technology and capacity development.
  • In addition to a stand-alone goal on the means of implementation for the new agenda, specific means are tailored to each of the sustainable development goals.
  • Member States stressed that the desired transformations will require a departure from “business as usual” and that intensified international cooperation on many fronts will be required.
  • The agenda calls for a revitalized, global partnership for sustainable development, including for multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • The agenda also calls for increased capacity-building and better data and statistics to measure sustainable development.
  • An effective follow-up and review architecture – a core element of the outcome document – will be critical to support the implementation of the new agenda.
  • The High Level Political Forum on sustainable development, set up after the Rio+20 Conference, will serve as the apex forum for follow up and review and will thus play a central role. The General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and specialized agencies will also be engaged in reviewing progress in specific areas.
  • The agenda will include a Technology Facilitation Mechanism to support the new goals, based on multi-stakeholder collaboration between Member States, civil society, business, the scientific community, and the UN system of agencies. The Mechanism, which was agreed at the Addis Conference in July, will have an inter-agency task team, a forum on science, technology and innovation, and an on-line platform for collaboration.

The draft agreement can be found at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015
(Please note the final version for adoption is still pending release)

For those that missed the updates from the TAP Coordinators, you can find them all here.

In addition, IISD Reporting Services has a comprehensive report on the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda 20 July - 2 August 2015 which you can retrieve at http://bit.ly/1Ip7jVH

8th Sessions of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations 
(Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document):


Background programme/documents/statements can be found at:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/negotiationsoutcome3

Summary of key highlights:
  • Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau (Kenya) urged groups to suggest specific language solutions. He called on Member States to express their views through their representative groups. He noted that, due to strong voices against including the “tweaks” in the text to Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) targets, those changes had been removed from the text and placed back into an annex. He cautioned, however, that for the outcome document to be credible, the technical tweaks should be accepted.
  • Member States expressed differing views over: whether or not to include the preamble; mentioning the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) as opposed to “shared responsibility;” language on climate change; sexual and reproductive health and rights (including references to the review conferences of ICPD and Beijing) and a reference to “unilateral economic, financial and trade measures.”
  • Some Member States called for recognizing the human right to water, with the US and Russia remaining opposed.
  • The European Union and others were concerned that the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) was no longer annexed to this version of the outcome document, while the Group of 77 and China continued to assert that the AAAA is different in scope from the post-2015 development agenda, and the two cannot be conflated.
  • The European Union declared it could accept the target revisions as part of an overall package, while the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) initially sought to maintain the original targets agreed by the OWG, including the X’s.
  • The G-77 and China noted its intention to show flexibility, saying that the tweaks to the targets should not go beyond the technical revisions proposed, but should only replace the X’s.
  • Several Member States supported the proposal by the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) for LLDCs to be mentioned in various targets, while the US cautioned against reducing the focus on Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
  • John Pullinger, Chair of the UN Statistical Commission, addressed delegates by video link on the work of the UNSC Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). He reported that the technical work is on track and, following the IAEG’s first meeting in June, a preliminary list of indicators is being reviewed.
  • Developed countries expressed concern that the language in the draft focuses too much on official development assistance (ODA) and not enough on domestic resources, while developing countries said the text welcoming the Addis Ababa Action Agenda is well-balanced.
  • Most Member States expressed satisfaction with the language of the revised draft on follow-up and review which, they said, provides specificity without being overly prescriptive.
  • In response to concern over language on accountability, Co-Facilitator Kamau explained his understanding that while the question of accountability between countries poses difficulties, the idea of accountability between the state and its citizens has been less fraught, and he pledged to consider how calls for an accountability framework for the review process can be addressed in the next draft.
  • Member States also discussed the role of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) as the apex of a global review process, noting the need for this role to have adequate institutional support and resources. Some favored having common reporting guidelines, rather than a common format.
  • Developing countries highlighted the need for support to develop baseline data, where none exists, and Benin, for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), proposed establishing a trust fund to enable LDC participation in the follow-up and review processes. Otherwise, he said, “the game will be played without us.”
  • Member States discuss the new version of the draft. The revised draft offers, among other changes: an alternative, shortened preamble; a revised formulation of target 14.c on UNCLOS; and a revised introduction to chapter 2 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, which recognizes the different approaches, visions, models and tools available to each country, and reaffirms “Mother Earth” as a common expression in some countries and regions.
  • Member States welcomed the progress made in the new draft. However, differences were expressed as to whether or not to retain the preamble, and over references to climate change, the relationship of the post-2015 development agenda with the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action (AAAA), and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR). 
  • Member States continued to express differing views on the relationship of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) with the post-2015 development agenda, and means of implementation.
  • Switzerland, supported by several countries, called for a broader view of water management to be reflected in the declaration, and for adding sanitation to the human right to safe drinking water.
  • Many countries, including Ecuador, the European Union, Ghana, Iceland, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru for several Latin American countries, the Philippines, Serbia and Turkey, supported the shorter version of the preamble, while some others called for importing elements of the longer version, or expressed flexibility.
  • Amb. Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the UN, stressed that the text should speak the language of people whose lives depend on this effort, so they feel represented and hold governments to their commitments, and she called to “clearly state our ambition to be the generation that ends extreme poverty.”
  • Member States made last-minute discussions on several outstanding issues, including: placement of a reference to small island developing States in target 13.b; whether the term “colonial occupation” should be included with a reference to foreign occupation; whether to refer to “people” or “peoples,” in relation to the right of self-determination; and whether to “promote” or “ensure” benefit sharing from genetic resources, in targets 2.5 and 15.6.
  • The final text for adoption was circulated at 2:00 pm, 2 August 2015. Before opening the session, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau (Kenya) called attention to changes that had been made to paragraphs 34 (peace and security), 44 (international financial institutions), 62 (relationship with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda), 68 (international trade) and 69 (debt sustainability), noting that all had been agreed except for the issue relating to paragraph 34, which was still being discussed.
  • The Secretariat outlined the two-stage approval process for the post-2015 development agenda, explaining that the current, 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) would take a decision to refer the document to the September summit, to be adopted by the 70th session. He said that due to the informal nature of the meeting, no formal reservations could be recorded, but that Member States could provide explanations of position (EOPs) to become part of the record of the UNGA 69th session, or could circulate letters stating their position. He noted that it is not a practice to attach reservations to UNGA resolutions.
  • Member States and their representative groups unanimously welcomed the outcome document on the post-2015 development agenda.
  • At 6:25 pm, Kamau announced that, based on the Co-Facilitators’ reading of the room, consensus had been established. He declared the post-2015 development agenda adopted, to long applause as delegates rose to their feet in acclamation.
  • The Republic of Korea, for the Presidency of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), pledged to support a robust follow-up and review mechanism and Global Partnership that will bring all stakeholders together to implement the agenda. Calling this a historic document, he said that “history will judge it,” and advised delegates, “Our work is much more significant than you may think; today we are all winners.”
  • Co-Facilitators David Donoghue (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau expressed their appreciation for the passion and commitment of the negotiators from Member States in seeing the process to completion, as well as for Major Groups and other stakeholders, their own staff and the UN Secretariat. 
Post-2015: Special Accreditation for non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs now open for the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda:

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/244 of 29 December 2014, the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. More information can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit

General registration to attend the Summit is not yet open. In the interim, the United Nations offers the opportunity for organizations that are not already accredited to the UN through one of the three categories below to apply for Special Accreditation to the Post-2015 Summit. PLEASE NOTE: Confirmation of special accreditation does not mean that you will be able to attend the Summit. More information on the opportunity to attend the Summit will be available soon.

If your Organization falls under any of the following three categories, then you do not need to apply for special accreditation: 

  • Organizations with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council;
  • Organizations on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster; and
  • Organizations accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

Otherwise, please visit the following page for further instructions on applying for Special Accreditation: http://bit.ly/1QOvwxI

Please note that the deadline for completing the questionnaire for accreditation is 5:00 PM EST on Friday, 7 August 2015.

2nd Update On Process To Develop Indicator Framework:

On 28 July 2015, Mr. John Pullinger, the Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission informed the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda on the progress of the development of the indicator framework for the goals and targets.

Mr. Pullinger informed Member States that the work is well under way and that the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG indicators (IAEG-SDGs) has given itself a strict timeline foreseeing multiple rounds of consultations and opportunities for observers and major groups and stakeholders to provide inputs to the discussions. He stressed that the work of the IAEG-SDGs will strictly follow the guidance received by Member States and expressed his appreciation that Member States have recognised the importance of strengthening statistical capacities in developing countries.

Open consultation on the global indicator framework:

According to the work plan of the IAEG-SDG, an open consultation with all countries, regional and international agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector is scheduled to start on 11 August and to be conducted until 4 September. The format of the open consultations is currently being finalised by the facilitators, taking into account the discussions so far.

Please find available resources on TAP Network activities and outputs on our official website at http://www.tapnetwork2015.org
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