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WHAT'S ON TAP

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

VOL. 1, ISSUE 2

13 MARCH 2015
Message from the TAP Coordinators: TAP into the Network

Dear TAP Network,

Coming off of an important week around the UN Statistical Commission last week, the UN is buzzing this week with attention turned to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women this week and next. 
In this edition of the newsletter, you'll find updates on some of the work that TAP has just undertaken this week, as well as updates from the UN Statistical Commission and various happenings around the post-2015 agenda.

Speaking of buzzing, the TAP Network has picked up the pace these past couple of weeks, and we have begun our work in updating and establishing our common advocacy positions for the next several months around the Post-2015 processes. There has been a strong response from many of you to the initial call for drafting groups for position papers on a wide range of topics, including SDG (Goal 16) indicators and data, accountability/review & monitoring and Means of Implementation and global partnership.  We very much appreciate the quick response from Members for volunteering their time and expertise on these issues, and we both look forward to taking this work forward with you over the coming weeks ahead. 

On top of beginning the work on these areas, we have just finalized the final round of consultations on the draft of the TAP position paper on Financing for Development, and we hope to have that finalized sometime next week. 

Finally, thank you for the great feedback we have received so far on the TAP Network Newsletter. First and foremost, this is a resource for all of you, so if you have any comments or suggestions for us, please don't hesitate to reach out to the both of us, as always. 

Best Regards,
TAP Coordinators
John & Liam
TAP NETWORK UPDATES
Drafting of TAP Network common position papers: Members of the TAP Network have sign-up for various Drafting Groups for TAP position papers, which are listed below. A preliminary list of members for each drafting group can be viewed by clicking the links below. The sign-up form for the Drafting Groups is still open, however the TAP Coordinators have followed up with each drafting groups to discuss next steps and taking the work forward this week. These drafting groups will be responsible for putting together the initial drafts of each TAP paper, making it incredibly important for as many people from the TAP Network to engage in the drafting of these positions, as they will serve as the foundation of TAP’s advocacy over the next year going forward. 
Draft of TAP Financing for Development Statement : The draft on the TAP FfD position paper has been uploaded to a Google Doc. Please click here to view the document and suggested inputs and comments from TAP Network members. The TAP Coordinators will work to incorporate all inputs and feedback into the document next week, and will circulate the "final" version of this position paper to the TAP Network shortly. This document will then be available for individual organizations to "sign on" to and "endorse" going forward. 
UPDATES/INTEL
UN Statistical Commission: The 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission wrapped up its work last week on Friday, 6 March. The draft report on the 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission will be submitted to the ECOSOC High-level Segment  for adoption. During interventions, representatives from Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Uruguay, Venezuela, the Dominic Republic, Argentina and Paraguay emphasized that National Statistical Offices (NSO) should play the leading role in the development of the indicator framework to ensure national ownership. In addition, they called for national and regional organizations to have observers status within the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDG).

You can find the draft outcome of the UNSC here (decisions 1-10) and here (decisions 11-14). Please note that both of these documents are in “draft” form (acquired from the UN PaperSmart portal on the final day of the Stats Commission) but after following the final session of the Stats Commission from last week, we determined that there were not any substantive changes made on some of the key draft decisions in these draft documents – but please only treat/use these as previews at this point. Once the “final” report from the Statistical Commission has been made public, we will share that all with you as well. 

Some of the key TAP-related takeaways from our own initial reading of the draft report:
  • Formally endorsed the establishment of the Interagency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDG) (g)
  • Endorsed the proposed roadmap for the development of the SDG indicator framework, including the endorsement of these indicators at the UN Statistical Commission in March 2016. (c)
  • Endorsed the establishment of a High-Level Group (HLG) to provide strategic leadership in relation to the SDG implementation process – including ensuring that the Post-2015 monitoring framework is nationally owned, and to foster capacity-building, partnership and coordination for this monitoring. (h)
  • Endorsed the creation of the Praia City Group on governance statistics, which will provide strategic guidance in developing governance statistics (Decision 11)
  • Emphasized that the global indicator framework should only contain a limited number of indicators, should build upon the experiences of the MDGs and take into account conceptual indicator frameworks that have already been developed. (d)
Post-2015 Agenda: The draft programme for the Third Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Sustainable development goals and targets) which will be held 23-27 March has been circulated by the Co-Facilitators. During this session the Co-Facilitators will spend two full days discussing "indicators" and two full days discussing the "SDGs and targets."

In addition, as part of the preparatory process for the September 2015 UN General Assembly Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, two full days of stakeholder hearings will be conducted on 26-27 May at UN Headquarters. These hearings will be hosted by the President of the General Assembly and the Co-Facilitators of the post-2015 development agenda negotiations, Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN. Therefore, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has invited feedback from stakeholders on the themes for the 4 roundtable discussions that will be conducted as part of these hearings. 

Please submit you feedback at http://bit.ly/1E9bbY4
 by the 31 March 2015

Furthermore, application on the 20-24 April negotiating session for the Post-2015 Development Agenda steering committee and speaking roles is open.
Beyond2015 and the NGO Major Group will be holding 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. The TAP Network's Coordinator, John Romano will be speaking at this event on behalf of the TAP Network.

The objectives of the meeting is:
  • To share information, perspectives and expectations around the remaining sessions of the post-2015 agenda,  FfD process and HLPF meeting.
  • To discuss advocacy priorities of different actors and constituencies and find synergies and common messages to influence the final outcomes of the FfD3 Conference, HLPF meeting and Post-2015 Summit.
  • To discuss lessons learned so far from the post-2015 process and how to continue advancing participation and partnerships on the implementation and monitoring of the new agenda after the Post-2015 Summit.
Please, register your interest to participate using this google form because of limited seats available. The deadline for registration is March 16.
The 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) is taking place from 9-20 March, at UN Headquarters in New York. Numerous events in and around the United Nations have and will be taking place to celebrate the achievements of women and girls but also to raise awareness about the gap that still persist in achieving gender equality. Many participants of CSW 59 called for concrete measures to integrate gender perspectives in future sustainable development goals and targets. The Political Declaration of CSW 59 is avaiable here.  
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:
 
March 2015:

9-20 March: 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 
14-18 March: UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) 
23-27 March: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations (Sustainable development goals and targets) 
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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