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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 1, ISSUE 3

20 MARCH 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: Springing into action

Dear TAP Network,

Let us first wish each of you Happy @UN International Day of Happiness, on the first day of Spring from a snowy New York!

We hope you enjoy this day before we spring into action next week around the Third Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Sustainable development goals and targets).

First, we would like to invite all of you who will be in New York for the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations next week to the TAP Network side-event titled "Making Goal 16: Transformative: Governance Indicators in a Post-2015 World" co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations. The event will be held on Wednesday, 25 March at 1:15-2:30 PM in Conference Room 7 in UNHQ, and you can find more information about the event in the newsletter below. 

This week we had a series of conference calls with TAP members to lay the ground work for the drafting of the TAP Network position papers to influence the post-2015 and Financing for Development processes. They were all very productive calls, and we have come away very encouraged that we will put together some very good outputs that will be critical in our collective work going forward. This work cannot be done without the impetus, commitment and collaborative spirit from all of you, so thanks very much again for all of your inputs this week, and going forward. 

Of significant interest to the Network, the Co-Facilitators for the post-2015 negotiations have released a technical report by the United Nations Statistical Commission on the process of the development of an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda. We are putting together a open letter to this draft report and will circulate it next week for sign-on and endorsement from members of the TAP Network.

In addition, the Co-Facilitators of the Preparatory Process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) have released the zero draft of the Addis outcome document, which will be discussed in April, as well as the Modalities for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which was negotiated this week. 

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
Update on the TAP Network Drafting Groups: Members of the TAP Network Drafting Groups had their first drafting calls this week and are moving forward with the initial drafting phases of each position paper. During these conference calls members of the drafting groups discussed potential outputs, the substance and format of the position paper. In addition, their was a call for focal points for each drafting groups. 

As a reminder the Drafting Groups are: You can find the outcomes and minutes of these conference calls above.

Below is a short summary of some key next steps and follow-up items from each conference calls:


Key next steps and follow-up items from the SDG (Goal 16) Indicators and Data, regarding the position paper:

  • Craig Fagan from Transparency International and Ryan Kaminski from UNA-USA will lead the initial drafting of the Indicators section of the paper, and David McNair from ONE Campaign will lead the drafting of the Data Revolution section of the paper.
  • Once the initial draft of this paper is complete, members of the drafting group will be able to submit comments and inputs on the positions.
Key next steps and follow-up items regarding the open letter to the technical report by the UN Statistical Commission:
  • Craig Fagan from Transparency International  and David McNair from ONE Campaign will draft the response/open letter.
  • Once this draft is complete, it will be open for comments from the Indicators/data drafting group over the weekend.
  • On Monday, we will finalize the draft response/open letter, and send it around to the TAP Network and others for sign-on and endorsement.
Key next steps and follow-up items from the Means of Implementation and Global Partnerships, regarding the position paper: 
  • There is a call for suggestions for specific sections that the MoI and Global Partnerships should cover. Please comment and make suggestions in the google doc .
  • Volunteers for drafting specific subsections. Please put your name down in the google doc.

Key next steps and follow-up items from the Accountability/Review and Global Partnerships, regarding the position paper:

  • There was a call for suggestions for specific sections that the Accountability position paper should cover. Please comment and make suggestions in the google doc.
  • Volunteers for drafting specific subsections. Please put your name down in the google doc.
The sign-up form for the Drafting Groups is still open if members who have not sign-up for a drafting group would like to contribute to these position papers.
UPDATES/INTEL
Post-2015 Agenda: During the Third Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Sustainable development goals and targets) to be held next week the TAP Network will be co-organizing a side-event with the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations on Wednesday, 25 March at 1:15-2:30 PM in Conference Room 7.

This side-event titled "Making Goal 16: Transformative: Governance Indicators in a Post-2015 World" will bring together key experts on governance and statistics from civil society, governments and the UN System, to explore synergies and discuss potential indicators for Goal 16, and will be hosted in the margins of the Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations dedicated to discussing sustainable development goals and targets, as well as indicators. We look forward to the participation of TAP Network members.

Of interest to members, the Co-Facilitators for the post-2015 negotiations have released the Technical report by the Bureau of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) on the process of the development of an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda. This paper will be presented during the first day of the Third Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals and Targets next week.

The TAP Network has started to put together an open letter response to the technical report which will be finalized and open for sign-on and endorsement by TAP Network members on Monday, 23 March.


For those who are not based in New York you can follow the negotiations live at http://webtv.un.org/.
Financing For Development (FfD3): The Co-Facilitators of the Preparatory Process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) have released the zero draft outcome document which will be discussed by Member States during the Second Drafting Session for FfD3 scheduled on 13-17 April in New York. The document contains two main sections on a global framework for financing for sustainable development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. 

A few broad points of initial analysis from the TAP Coordinators:
  • The language in the Zero Draft is quite "ambitious" and "fluffy" in terms of the issues that it addresses. However, it is overall lacking significantly on the "action-oriented" language (ie. "We commit to...", etc.) and contains a lot of weaker and softer language (ie. "We encourage..."; "We welcome..."; "We invite...", etc.). It will be important for us to work towards firming up this kind of language to get Member States to commit more explicitly on some of these items, as opposed to leaving the language vague and non-committal. 
  • The "Addis Ababa Action Agenda" section relates very closely to the sub-sections of SDG Goal 17 on "Means of Implementation" (ie. Finance, Trade, Technology, Capacity Building, Data and accountability, etc.) This might imply that the co-facilitators of the FfD3 process are positioning the Addis Outcome Document to serve as the main basis for the Means of Implementation for Post-2015. 
In addition, the Co-Facilitators released the Modalities for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. This draft has been the focus of negotiations Thursday and Friday of this week. As this draft is finalized, we will follow up with the group and provide an analysis of these outcomes. 

 
Beyond2015 and the NGO Major Group held an event titled "Civil society participation in the post-2015 process - Strengthening synergies" for civil society and non-governmental actors to interact, exchange views and share ideas on how to strengthen their participation in the post-2015 agenda both now and after September 2015. 

During interventions John Romano, TAP Coordinator spoke on behalf of the TAP Network. He emphasized:
  • Civil society should focus advocacy on making the case that SDGs, in particular Goal 16, can be measured to Member States, including specific case studies and best practices for instances where similar indicators have been used successfully. 
  • Highlighted that proposals for indicators that can measure progress towards multiple targets are also incredibly valuable for Member States, and in particular, Goal 16 indicators have this cross-cutting ability. 
  • It will be critical for transparency and citizen participation to be embedded in the review mechanism for the Post-2015 agenda, in order to enable accountability - particularly citizen driven accountability.
  • Call for civil society to present proposals to Member States on civil society engagement with the HLPF.
  • Call for civil society to advocate for stronger "commitment" language in the Financing for Development zero draft outcome document, and highlighted the link between the FfD process and the Post-2015 process, as well as ways to engage with both going forward. 
An  informal briefing for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council was held on the 16th March. The first briefing was by the Vice-President of the Council, Her Excellency María Emma Mejía Vélez (Colombia), on the Council’s ongoing dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system. A roadmap for ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System was provided to participants which you can find here. The roadmap includes scheduled informal meetings and workshops that will provide a unique opportunity for civil society to provide their inputs and technical expertise to address the challenges to the UN system is facing as we move forward with the post-2015 agenda. 

The second was a briefing by the Vice-President of the Council, His Excellency Vladimir Drobnjak (Croatia), on the preparations for the integration segment of the 2015 session of the Council, to be held from Monday, 30 March to Wednesday, 1 April 2015, at United Nations Headquarters. The third was a briefing by the Vice-President of the Council, His Excellency Mohamed Khaled Khiari (Tunisia), on the preparations for the humanitarian affairs segment of the 2015 session of the Council, to be held from Wednesday, 17 to Friday, 19 June 2015, at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

Interested members can find relevant information and the draft programme at http://bit.ly/19F60Ym
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Download the TAP Network Calender of Post-2015 Events
Upcoming United Nations Meetings/Events:
 
March 2015:
 
23-27 March: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Sustainable development goals and targets) 
25 March: Side-Event Making Goal 16 Transformative: Governance Indicators in a Post-2015 World o
rganized by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN and the Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network
30 March: PGA High-level Interactive Dialogue on International Decade for Action, "Water for Life, 2005-2015

 
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)
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