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Global Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Development – Next steps

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Dear Colleagues,

As many of you are aware, we held a planning meeting in Istanbul last week to develop the plans for the new global civil society coordination on sustainable development. This is based on the discussion we have been having within the working groups of this platform and the several meetings we had in the last year. The Istanbul meeting was very productive and benefited from 35 participants from key networks representing a cross-section of views from the seven regions of the world – sharing lessons from previous campaigns, regional perspectives, and priorities from different sectors.

Comprehensive meeting notes were taken here for your reference:https://goo.gl/Gbwrs9

Some of the key outputs of the meeting are as follows:

  • Continue the development of a strong, broad-based collaborative platform together
  • Work with and amplify the work of existing regional networks and platforms
  • Based on the  discussions within the loomio group and the online votes, the following name was selected: Action for Sustainable Development – A Global Civil Society Platform
  • Further developed working papers on governance structure and project activities – they will be shared in a few weeks time, ahead of holding the first assembly  in Bogota on April 29th.
  • We established the process to prepare joint advocacy for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July.
  • We developed a mission statement. The text is still being edited and will be sent to you soon.

Please find the next opportunities to develop the platform together through the following webinars:


Thank you again for your time and expertise in building a strong collaborative effort for a just and sustainable world for people and planet. We look forward to continue to build Action for Sustainable Development together with you.

Your inputs and questions are very welcome.

Best regards,

CAN, CIVICUS, GCAP, IFP

For more information about the platform, visit our Loomio page

For enquiries or to arrange a meeting please email CSOSDGs@gmail.com

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Why Must Culture be at the Heart of Sustainable Urban Development?

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Some of our members may find this new policy paper of interest.

A new policy paper on Why Must Culture be at the Heart of Sustainable Urban Development? published by the United Cities and Local Governments – Committee on Culture was commissioned within the framework of the implementation of Agenda 21 for culture and Culture 21 Actions, and it contributes to the activities of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments for Post – 2015 Development Agenda towards Habitat III (2016). It proposes ways to integrate and operationalize culture in the sustainable development of cities, and aims to identify pathways to include culture in integrated sustainability planning and implementation processes.

This policy paper has two parts. Part I aims to identify narratives, myths, and challenges, providing constructive and positive counter-narratives and recommendations, while Part II outlines different policies and practices that local governments can use to support culture as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development in cities. Proposals and recommendations are based on identified problems and a review of good examples of local policy practices on all continents, illustrated through a series of examples of ways to successfully operationalize culture in urban sustainable development.

The publication is available online atwww.agenda21culture.net/images/a21c/articles/documentos/Culture_SD_cities_web.pdf

Why Must Culture be at the Heart of Sustainable Urban Development?
By Nancy Duxbury, Jyoti Hosagrahar, and Jordi Pascual, United Cities and Local Governments – Committee on Culture, 2016, 42 pages
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
Co-Chairs UNSD Education Caucus
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  1-734-352-7429
Land line: +1 (734) 994-3612

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Involving Business in Building the SDG Indicator Framework

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to explore the Bizfor2030 blog’s recent post, which examines the development of the SDG Indicator Frameworkand highlights how the business community is, and could be, involved. The Bizfor2030 blog provides a mechanism for business-led feedback to the UN community about the private sector’s role in implementation of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The business community is crucial to the data revolution needed in order for the SDG Indicator Framework to be successful. The Indicator Framework is intended to address all SDGs and targets, including means of implementation. Given the ambition and scope, this structure for measuring SDG progress will not be constructed rapidly. The vast multi-level indicator framework will take time to evolve over the 15 year period towards 2030, as knowledge and data availability improve.

In addition to the blog, we invite you to explore the other resources on the Business for 2030 portal (www.businessfor2030.org), launched by the United States Council for International Business in advance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit in 2015. The goal of Business for 2030 is to improve the relationship between business and the UN by explaining how the 2030 agenda affects companies, including the new expectations on the private sector and new opportunities to partner with other stakeholders. The centerpiece of the site is its target-by-target catalogue of case studies that help the private sector communicate how its sustainability efforts support achievement of the SDGs and simultaneously helps governments and other companies understand how business can contribute to achieving the SDGs.

Kind regards,

Ariel Meyerstein, PhD

Vice President, Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Governance

United States Council for International Business

Tel: +1 212.703.5056 (office) +1 646.667.7570 (mobile)

E-mail: ameyerstein@uscib.org  Web: www.uscib.org

Twitter: @bizfor2030

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SDG Countdown at the RIO+Centre

Dear Colleagues,
Over the last two weeks the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) has hosted a countdown to the SDGs which will culminate in a consolidated message on the start of the Post-2015 Agenda.
The Centre, a partnership of the Government of Brazil and the UNDP, is one of six UNDP Global Policy Centres. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Centre’s mission is to inspire and inform policies and practices that lead to greater social, environmental and economic justice. 
In keeping with our vision of a just, equitable, inclusive and sustainable world, the RIO+ has so far published 13 SDG blogs highlighting issues across each of the three pillars of sustainability that reinforce the need for urgent action and highlighting some of the ways in which transformation is already taking place. The most recent blog on SDG 5 – Gender Equality – was published today:
The series includes:
Why a Countdown? #Inclusiveness and #Sustainability start with #Equality.
Our objective is to raise the profile of inequality generally in all of the SDGs and incentivize a broad range of actors to engage in new ways in the implementation phase that will follow. The Post-2015 agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the development narrative and guide the work of policy makers and stakeholders for the coming 15 years. The SDG agenda promises to bring development back into the mainly poverty reduction approach of the MDGs allocating a stronger focus on integrated approaches that link social, environmental, political and economic dimensions of development while giving due priority to issues of inequality, human rights and dignity for all
Join us this week as we count day to SDG 1 and the official start of the next fifteen years of transformative development progress.
Stay connected and share your opinion regarding this #action2015 initiative!
We look forward to joining our efforts to ensure that the new SDG agenda delivers for all, particularly for poor and marginalized citizens.
Best regards,
Layla Saad
Deputy Director
World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+Centre)
Skype: lulusaad

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Remarks at the 70th UN General Assembly on Oceans and the Law of the Sea and Sustainable Fisheries

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Date: Tue, Dec 8, 2015
Subject: Remarks at the 70th UN General Assembly on Oceans and the Law of the Sea and Sustainable Fisheries
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Mark Simonoff
Minister Counselor
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
December 8, 2015

AS DELIVERED

Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates, the United States is pleased to co-sponsor the General Assembly resolutions on oceans and the law of the sea and on sustainable fisheries.

This debate provides an opportunity for the global community to further commit to the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean and its resources, as reflected in both Sustainable Development Goal 14 of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, and in the completion of the first-ever World Ocean Assessment, which represents an historic first step towards setting up a regular process to review the environmental, economic, and social aspects of the world’s oceans and seas and to ensure science-based decision-making.

As many of you know, Secretary of State John Kerry is a passionate advocate for the ocean. His hosting of the first Our Ocean conference in Washington in 2014 drew global attention to the urgent need to promote the health of the ocean and to address key ocean issues including sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification. This year, we are extremely grateful for the leadership of President Bachelet and Foreign Minister Munoz of Chile in hosting the second highly successful Our Ocean conference in October, where we saw governments, NGOs, academia, charitable institutions, and industry announce over 80 new initiatives on marine conservation valued at more than $2.1 billion, as well as new commitments on the protection of more than 1.9 million square kilometers of the ocean. The Our Ocean conferences are proving to be important catalysts for significant international action to protect the ocean and its resources, and we are looking forward to the next conference in the United States in the fall of 2016, and to the 2017 conference to be hosted by the European Union.

Building on the momentum of the Our Ocean conferences, we were pleased to work with our colleagues this year to advance a number of critical issues in the oceans resolution, notably marine debris, especially plastics. Plastic waste pollutes every part of our ocean. It is killing marine life like fish, seabirds, and turtles. It is damaging our coral reefs, degrading the ocean’s resilience, and harming human health. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. We have the technology and the resources to improve waste collection, transportation, storage, and treatment to keep plastic and other waste out of the ocean. Over the longer term, we need to encourage innovation in redesigning products and packaging to use less plastic and to reuse plastics rather than discard them. We look forward to fruitful exchanges on marine debris, plastics, and microplastics, in the 2016 Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and Law of the Sea and hope all participants will use that meeting to make real progress on stopping the flow of plastic waste into the ocean.

Similarly, we are pleased that this year’s sustainable fisheries resolution has strengthened the call to ensure sustainable fisheries and to articulate the responsibilities of Member States, both individually and collectively. Member States recognized the need for science-based fisheries management tools and strong compliance measures that underpin international fisheries cooperation, concerted action to ensure the safety of fisheries observers who provide data that is critical to effective fisheries management, and continuing attention to the shared responsibility to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems. 2016 will be an important year for sustainable fisheries issues, with another review of deep-sea fisheries scheduled, as well as plans for a resumption of the Review Conference of Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement.

This year’s sustainable fisheries resolution also contains important commitments to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, including a call for further ratifications to bring into force the global Port State Measures Agreement. We are heartened by the continued progress in this regard, and we are pleased that the United States will very soon become party to this important agreement. We hope that the Agreement will have enough parties to enter into force in 2016.

The United States would like to thank Director Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli and the staff of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea for their expertise and support on both resolutions. We would also like to thank Ambassador Eden Charles of Trinidad and Tobago for his coordination of the oceans resolution and Ms. Alice Revell of New Zealand for her coordination of the fisheries resolution. Both again did an outstanding job. We would particularly like to highlight and express our gratitude for the years of excellent leadership and very hard work by Ms. Revell as she departs her position of coordinator, and to congratulate Andreas Kravik of Norway on his selection as the next coordinator for the sustainable fisheries resolution. Finally, I would like to express our appreciation for delegations’ hard work and cooperation in crafting both resolutions. It is our hope that this spirit of cooperation will characterize our efforts to address the numerous and complex issues that lie ahead in the new year.

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Sustainabillity on the Road FW: Guardian Sustainable Business

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RIP Maurice Strong father of climate change and sustainable development

What a great loss for the planet, but it was a blessing to have had him as a leader for so long! He made a difference! Thanks for sending us the sad news! May his family find comfort in the good memories he must have left behind!

Best wishes,
Suzana

IPE Institute Ke Chung Kim <kck@psu.edu>

Subject: Re: RIP Maurice Strong father of climate change and sustainable development
Date: November 28, 2015
To: Pam Puntenney <pjpunt@umich.edu>
Dear Pam:Thank you for letting us know of Mr. Maurice Strong’s passing.   His contributions to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development will remain for the future of humanity.  My question and concern is who would actually lead the global movements for protection and conservation of global biodiversity and sustaining our life-support system under the threats and complexity of global warming and climate changes with rapid increasing human population.  Have a pleasant, happy and productive holiday season!K. C. Kim
Ke Chung Kim, Ph. D., Dipl.-ABFE
Professor Emeritus of Entomology (2008)
Founding Curator, Frost Entomological Museum;
Former Founding Director, Center for BioDiversity Research
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, U.S.A.;
2014 Pathology/Biology Section Award for Lifetime Achievement
   in Forensic Life Sciences, American Academy of Forensic Sciences;
Founding Chair, Board of the DMZ Forum, Inc., NY;
United Nations CSD Education Caucus: Member
Home: 213 Morningside Circle, State College, PA, 16803-1347

On 11/28/2015 12:41 PM, Pam Puntenney wrote:

My dear friends

with deep sadness i share with you the news about the death of Maurice Strong. As Secretary General of Rio 1992 he shepherded the creation of the UNFCCC and one of the last messages he gave was on what he hoped for the Paris talks to achieve http://blog.felixdodds.net/2015/11/rip-maurice-strong-father-of.html

with sadness felix
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Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
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SD in ActionSD in Action Newsletter - October 2015

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Why this is Sustainable Development (SD) Not Global Goals

GRACIAS PAUL FOR THE DISCERNMENT.. WE NEED THIS TYPE OF INPUT.. we need to have more people to respond ..,pls contact some of your partners asking them to send input.. Amina´s message was sent to Beyond 2015, GCAP and Action 2015 the campaigning movements.. I do not know who else has also received a letter.  GCAP IS STRONGLY COMMITTED TO FIGURE OUT ITS RESPONSE FOR ITS GUIDED BY ITS CALL AND MANDATE.. ACTION .. WILL SHARE MORE AS IT EVOLVES.. ABRAZOS..MAR     <tlalibertad@gmail.com>

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marta to each and all PLS SEE SDGs or GLOBAL GOALS Fwd: Letter from Ms. Amina Mohammed

Dear Community of Educators,
A conversation is going on around the use of the term “Global Goals” and what that implies.  Appended are the latest strands FYI.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612

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Dear Marta
Greetings
I have not managed to see the letter from Amina Mohamed, and perhaps you could forward it to me-its not attached.
I have alot of respect for all who have done exceptional work to deliver the 2030 agenda.
I am especially respectful of those who went beyond the cynism that many hold about the UN, and who believed that outside the UN, we really have no other space where we can safely take on governments- try it at the OECD or World Bank or WTO and see what will be done to you!
 After our interview with member states (mainly from Africa) and senior  people at the UN in New York, I have greater respect for UN staff who do incredible work  despite threats and exceptional pressure from mainly european and american donors and countries determined to make their idealogy the dominant rule in the world.
We cannot at this early stage wake up and suddenly abandon all the work we have done-some since Rio- in the name of seeking to easily communicate to the public.
And so on this I am willing to challenge the UN to the end of the road.
Our primary concern is not with c ommunicating the Goals.
Our primary concern is that our governments will deliver on them, the UN will use them to shape their  agenda, and the rest of the world will change their behaviour to conform to the aspirations of the over 4 billion people who are trapped in some form of poverty and slavery by the elite who are hoarding and selectively giving just enough to keep people in slavery.
This is my concern.
The ability for citizens to easily pronounce  or be aware of a goal or an agenda is, in my opinion a tactic, not a strategy.
The strategy is for the entire world to know that we have shifted how we do things, especially to those who, as the Bible says, still want to let the poor live on crumbs from the Masters Table.
In the same breath I am concerned that some of us are either quickly taking the bait, or are being used to dilute what we have worked on for so long.
May I kindly make a plea that every time we take a salary or buy a car or go on vacation, it is not because we have produced some exciting product or some great invention, or some major sales contract.
No, our lifestyle is supported on the back of very poor and helpless  children, women, men, on whose name we write proposals.
If we let them down because we want a great career, we, and our children, will be haunted beyond the grave.
Blessings and Regards
Paul Okumu
Head of Secretariat
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This is excellent. Thank you, Paul.Communication is a tricky thing, and, it seems the UN started with ‘the wrong foot,’ under pressure from the advertising mentality of ‘selling’ ideas, not for ‘engaging constituencies.’Best. Claudio Fernandes
On qui, 15 de out de 2015 at 09:05 Paul Okumu <paul.okumu@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear all

I am writing here for the second time because I have just seen Amina Mohamed’s response.

I think Amina makes a strong case, and there are very good justifications for the need for effective communication that will easily resonate with citizens and general society.

But there are concerns that we need to consider here, and for me this is at the heart of development.

I also propose some options for each of the issues raised

1. It wil be extremely difficult for many of us, especially here in Africa, to take back to our countries an awareness about some Goals that are Global.

We need to be aware and agree that development is politics, not social or economic. How we communicate the political agenda is as important, if not more important, than the agenda itself. During a meeting of Africa Ministers, it was made clear that we will do our best to integrate the SDG agenda into our planning processes, not as an add-on to existing work. The SDG agenda, as stated in Amina’s letter and agreed by everyone, is complex and difficult to understand.

But that is the very reason why we should be more sophisticated in how we communicate it. If we use the MDG-styles to communicate difficult areas that many governments are struggling to understand, we will lose out on both the substance and the political ownership that we so desperately need.

Implementing the SDGs will require a new thinking to how we do things, and this is where it begins.

The simple act of citizens knowing a phrase known as Global Goals will be meaningless if in the process we lose the great insights contained in those Goals.

Options

What we call the Goals has political implications. Our target is not citizens as proposed by some. Our target are corporations and governments that think and believe and champion GDP Growth that is not matched by sustainable growth.

If we lose this battle- the battle of reminding these two actors that sustainability must now come before every word they utter, we will have lost the war even before we begin the battle. Citizens role is to hold governments and businesses to the key word- SUSTAINABLE. It sounds small, but it has far reaching implications on our advocacy and push for a transformed world. I would request that if we are to use a short word, we should use SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT and leave out the word GOALS.

Because we are not seeking to merely achieve the 16 Goals, we are seeking to achieve the whole range of agenda outline in the SDG agenda.

2. I have noted in Amina’s letter that she is indicating a distinction between partners and the UN

My only concern is that we will end up with a mixed communication-both endorsed by the UN. Every time we pick and endorse a campaign by a partner, especially in a public campaign such as this one, we endorse their campaign strategy.

But I was in New York and several UN agencies were already using GLOBAL GOALS with a small tagline- For Sustainable Development. So we need clarity on this area.

There is no problem with any organization or network deciding to take on its campaign in a direction it deems fit. But it becomes problematic when the UN endorses the campaign, uses it, and then tries to separate itself from the campaign.

This is confusing to the masses and needs to be corrected as soon as we can. Someone has even already gone to Wikipedia and made the adjustment to read SDGs OR Global Goals.

In this video, Helen Clarke endorses project everyone and uses their phrase Global Goals

But there is even a deeper concern. For example, the Campaigns endorsed by the UN has changed GOAL 1.This Goal seeks to end POVERTY IN ALL ITS FORM. But project Everyone and the Global Goals campaigners are calling it END EXTREME POVERTY. This is a cleaver attempt for the North to run away from its unsustainable consumption and once again focus on  countries that have poverty, while ignoring those that make them poor.

The UN should not be used in this campaign. The reason we all campaigned to end poverty in all its forms is because we are aware that most of the poverty is caused by the unsustainable consumption of a few, not lack of food by the many.

Option

The UN should de-link itself from the two campaigns if indeed it wants tom stand with is citizens. The campaign cannot be stopped, but if they are not ready to take us back to what matters most, they should do it on their own and not benefit from the branding and marketing by the UN.

4. Development is a primary responsibility of Governments, not donors or citizens. No amount of citizen awareness can replace government ownership.

In Europe I see a very strong relationship between Governments and their Civil Society, strong relations between Governments and citizens.

Somehow we assume that this cannot happen elsewhere and we must push and demand for it. Yet even in very difficult countries, I have seen what can be achieved when governments own an agenda instead.

There was a widespread awareness of the MDGs in the final 5 years. But that in itself did not lead to an impact on implementation. All available data show that implementation occurred under two circumstances- first where governments took full ownership of the MDGs and incorporated them into their own plans. Two is when donors pushed for specific areas-Gender and Women’s rights received a lot of donor support, and so did children and basic education and Malaria. These areas progressed ahead of others because of donor push. Civil Society and citizens played a role in pushing for demand. But that accountability only succeeded where it was linked to ownership by the government.

Option

We should spend as much of our time as possible getting as many governments as we can to OWN these Goals and make it their own. Public push for accountability is only good if it will lead to greater and stronger ownership.

No amount of donor push can replace a society-driven ownership.

5. The Sustainable Development Agenda is a Social contract. Social contracts only work best when there are two conditions- trust with leadership and reduction in intermediaries.

Today development and Governance has too many intermediaries, and very few facilitators. What we need is to allow the SD Agenda to create a dialogue where citizens will honestly discuss their priorities with their governments. The rest of us- UN, CSOs, Donors, can only facilitate this dialogue, not become the subject of the dialogue. When there are too many intermediaries between governments and their citizens, we make it difficult for a social contract to take root and to hold.

Options’

Let citizens interpret the SD agenda in the best way they see fit. Our role is to alert them to the fact that we now have a new Social Contract and they can pick it and make it their own. There is no such thing as a Global Social contract. A social contract is only feasible where there is legitimate accountability-and that is only possible at national level and within society. We can extend this to the Region or even the world. But such social contracts are weak and cannot be enforced.

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AMINA MOHAMMED ON SDGs and GLOBAL GOALS 10-09-2015 AJM reply to Civil Society Stakeholders (1)

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UN NGLS: Solutions Summit reflections by Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer

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Migrants and migration in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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View and opinions on SDGs

Dear CPG4SD,

Sharing with you the view and opinions of our colleagues on SDGs.

http://peoplesgoals.org/views-and-opinion-on-sdgs-covered-by-the-citizen-news-service/

Best,

April
for the Secretariat

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TWN Info: Public SDGs or Private GGs?

TWN Info: Public SDGs or Private GGs?
Date : 25 September 2015

Contents:

Public SDGs or Private GGs?

By Barbara Adams

https://www.globalpolicywatch.org/blog/2015/09/25/public-sdgs-or-private-ggs/ 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) negotiated painstakingly over two years by all UN Member States  with thousands of public interest organizations providing their commitment and expertise have been copyrighted. And by whom? The UN you would think? But no. They have been re-branded as Global Goals (GGs) and the copyrighted by Project Everyone, a private company incorporated and registered in London.

On its own website (www.globalgoals.org), Project Everyone claims ownership of the 17 icons that it is popularizing, with active help from celebrities and the UN Secretariat itself, representing each of the 17 Goals that the heads of State and Government are endorsing this week as common objectives of humanity from here to the year 2030.

A political declaration by all UN Member States should be a global public good, available for everyone to use. But the small print of the Project Everyone website says that “all Content included on Our Site and the copyright and other intellectual property rights subsisting in that Content, unless specifically labelled otherwise, belongs to or has been licensed by Us”. That copyright protection clearly includes both the icons and the summary titles given to each of the goals.

The Global Goals website identifies Aviva, Getty Images, Pearson, Sawa, Standard Chartered and Unilever as “Founding Partners”. Some 60 other corporations and media are identified as “delivery partners” while 22 institutions are listed as NGOs and foundations. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Foundation are the only foundations in that list, which includes many well known international NGOs (such as Oxfam, Amnesty and Save the Children) along with prominent UN agencies (e.g., UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, UNESCO, UN Department of Public Information) that it curiously lists as NGOs.

From a media point of view, the strategy seems successful. The international press is already talking about the “Global Goals Summit” at the UN and the Global Goals (GGs) are treated as just a short and easier nickname for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is their title in the official UN documents. In shortening the titles, the concept of “sustainable development” is completely lost.

But more is lost. In what seems justified as necessary simplification for communication purposes, some concepts key to achieve universal consensus are also lost: Goal 12 on “sustainable consumption and production patterns” is translated as “responsible consumption and production”. Goal 16, designed to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” is transformed into “Peace and Justice, strong institutions”. Yes, UN jargon is tortuous sometimes, but if the word ‘inclusive’ was mentioned twice in the title, why replace it with ‘strong’? Does a call for ‘strong institutions’ ring the same bells as a call for ‘inclusive governance’?

Also, the much debated Goal 17, which deals with means of implementation and calls for revitalizing “the global partnership for sustainable development”, a partnership among rich and poor governments towards the common objective, is transformed into “Partnerships for the goals”, dropping mention of ‘means of implementation’ and making ‘partnership’ plural, so that now includes a variety of uneven and  loosely accountable associations with the private sector and ‘stakeholders’.

Of course any communicator is free to take a complex document and ‘translate’ it in ways that are understandable by their constituency. But this simplification is a misrepresentation of the SDGs themselves. UN senior officials not only allowed this to happen, but actively promoted it, using UN resources to network the icons and the UN’s official communication office is encouraging their use.

Do Member States know that they could be supporting a campaign that is not owned by the UN if they refer to the Global Goals instead of to the SDGs?

Are the many NGOs and celebrities that are supporting and sponsoring the Global Goals and related activities aware that this is a private initiative not a global public good? To be sure, it is important that everyone knows about the SDGs. A huge campaign with private sector support could be a realistic way of communicating the 17 goals to everyone. But these goals belong to the public and the UN should safeguard their use. And to over-simplify global challenges is not the purpose of the UN and misrepresents the delicate and politically complex balance that went into crafting the new Agenda for 2030 that the governments are approving today.

Much more than one letter is at stake in the choice between the SDGs or GGs.

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ฟODS p๚blicos o OG privados?

por Barbara Adams

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible negociados laboriosamente durante dos a๑os por todos los gobiernos del mundo con el aporte del compromiso y experiencia de miles de organizaciones de inter้s p๚blico han sido apropiados por una empresa privada que reclama derechos de autor sobre ellos. Los ODS han sido rebautizados como “objetivos globales” (Global Goals) y su copyright pertenece a Project Everyone, una empresa privada constituida y registrada en Londres.

En un sitio web que le pertenece (www.globalgoals.org), Project Everyone reclama la propiedad de los 17 iconos que estแ popularizando, con la ayuda activa de celebridades y de la propia secretarํa de la ONU, para representar cada uno de los 17 Objetivos que los jefes de Estado y de gobierno del mundo estแn aprobando esta semana como objetivos comunes de la humanidad de aquํ al a๑o 2030.

Una declaraci๓n polํtica de todos los gobiernos del mundo debe ser un bien p๚blico global, disponible para uso de todos. Pero la letra peque๑a de la pแgina web de Project Everyone dice que “todo el contenido de nuestro sitio y los derechos de autor y otros derechos de propiedad intelectual que subsisten en ese contenido pertenece o ha sido licenciado por nosotros, a menos que se especifique lo contrario”. Esta protecci๓n del derecho de autor incluye entonces a los ํconos y a los tํtulos resumidos que se le han dado a cada una de las metas.

El sitio web de Objetivos Globales identifica a Aviva, Getty Images, Pearson, Sawa, Standard Chartered y Unilever como “Socios Fundadores”. Ademแs, sesenta corporaciones y medios de comunicaci๓n son identificados como “delivery partners” (“socios en la distribuci๓n”), mientras que 22 instituciones son listadas bajo “ONG y Fundaciones”. La Fundaci๓n Bill y Melinda Gates y la UN Foundation son las ๚nicas fundaciones en esa lista, que incluye muchas ONG internacionales bien conocidas (como Oxfam, Amnistํa Internacional y Save the Children), junto con agencias prominentes de las Naciones Unidas como el PNUD, UNICEF, ONU-Mujeres, la Unesco y el Departamento de Informaci๓n P๚blica de la ONU cuya designaci๓n como ONGs es por lo menos curiosa.

Desde el punto de vista mediแtico, la estrategia parece exitosa. La prensa internacional ya estแ hablando de la “Cumbre de los Objetivos Globales” en la ONU y el t้rmino Objetivos Globales (GG) es usado como un simple apodo, mแs corto y mแs fแcil de comunicar, para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS), que es su tํtulo en los documentos oficiales de la ONU. Para ganar una letra en la abreviatura, el nombre pierde el concepto de “desarrollo sostenible”.

Pero la cosa se pone peor. En lo que se justifica como una necesaria simplificaci๓n para fines de comunicaci๓n, otros conceptos que fueron clave para lograr un consenso universal tambi้n se perdieron: El Objetivo 12 sobre “consumo y producci๓n sostenibles” se traduce como “consumo y producci๓n responsables”. Pero exigir “responsabilidad” de los paํses desarrollados, a los que este objetivo se dirige principalmente, es claramente menos estricto que una demanda de sostenibilidad. El Objetivo 16, quiere “promover sociedades pacํficas e inclusivas para el desarrollo sostenible, facilitar el acceso a la justicia para todos y construir instituciones eficaces, responsables e inclusivas en todos los niveles”. Esto se traduce como “Paz y Justicia, instituciones fuertes”. Sํ, la jerga de la ONU es difํcil de digerir para la prensa, pero si la palabra “inclusiva” es utilizada dos veces en el tํtulo oficial, ฟpor qu้ sustituirla por “fuerte”? ฟAcaso hablar de “gobernanza inclusiva” resuena de la misma manera que “instituciones fuertes”?

Por ๚ltimo, el muy debatido Objetivo 17, que trata de los medios de implementaci๓n y llama a revitalizar “la alianza mundial para el desarrollo sostenible”, con lo cual se alude a una asociaci๓n entre los gobiernos ricos y pobres hacia el objetivo com๚n, se transforma en “Partnerships for the Goals”. Cae la menci๓n a los medios de implementaci๓n y la adici๓n de un plural a “asociaci๓n” hace que la palabra denote ahora una variedad de asociaciones informales con el sector privado que no rinden cuentas a nadie.

Por supuesto que cualquier comunicador es libre de tomar un documento complejo y “traducirlo” en formas que sean comprensibles para su p๚blico. Pero aquํ hay una distorsi๓n polํtica importante en la simplificaci๓n y altos funcionarios de la ONU no s๓lo permitieron que esto sucediera sino que estแn promoviendo activamente la nueva terminologํa, el sitio web y sus ํconos, utilizando recursos de la ONU. La propia oficina oficial de comunicaci๓n de la ONU estแ alentando a su uso.

ฟSaben los Estados miembros que pueden estar apoyando una campa๑a publicitaria que no es propiedad de las Naciones Unidas cuando se refieren a los Objetivos Globales en lugar de hablar de los ODS?

El esfuerzo de los Estados miembros y de la sociedad civil cre๓ los ODS, pero la ONU ha participado activamente en su tergiversaci๓n como Objetivos Globales, apropiados por intereses privados y promocionados como una marca comercial.

ฟLas organizaciones no gubernamentales y celebridades que apoyan y patrocinan estos Objetivos Globales son concientes y las actividades conexas son concientes que se trata de una iniciativa privada, no un bien p๚blico mundial? Sํ, por supuesto, es importante que todo el mundo sepa mแs sobre los ODS. Una campa๑a masiva de publicidad, con el apoyo del sector privado podrํa ser una forma interesante de comunicar a todos los 17 ODS. Pero la ONU no debe banalizar los desafํos globales acordados ni tergiversar el equilibrio delicado y polํticamente complejo que hizo posible la aprobaci๓n universal de la nueva Agenda de desarrollo sostenible.

Lo que estแ en juego en la opci๓n entre los ODS o los GG es mucho mแs que una sigla.

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Fostering sustainable economic growth and transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and production

Dear all,

here is statement I made during the Dialogue on “Fostering sustainable economic growth and transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and production”.  This was not the original version I prepared as I decided to alter my draft to respond to the alarming trend in the interventions made by Member States and intergovernmental bodies during the session.

There is truly a lot of jubilation here — most of all from big corporates!

PAUL QUINTOS for Dialogue 3- Sept26 v2

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UN plan to save Earth is “fig leaf” for Big Business: insiders

UN plan to save Earth is “fig leaf” for Big Business: insiders

Why the new Sustainable Development agenda is “fundamentally compromised” by corporate interests

By Nafeez Ahmed

Excerpt:

The SDG stakeholder engagement process draws selectively on the input of civil society groups to promote its public legitimacy, while systematically ignoring the voices that challenge the wider political and economic structures in which the entire process is embedded.

“The big corporate powers via Global Compact and the rich nations have already agreed on what the fig leaf will look like,” said Ladha. “Whatever the SDGs end up saying will, by the very logic of the system they serve, promote a growth-at-all-costs, neoliberal game plan of trickle-down economics and climate destruction.”

But Ladha’s colleague, Joe Brewer, emphasised that this apparent sleight-of-hand is ultimately about the power of ideology. Neoliberal capitalism prevails as the default position not just because of a conspiracy of the powerful, but because it is already everywhere. Everyone, even the less powerful, find it difficult to imagine a world outside capitalism — and so the assumption is that such a world is simply not an option:

“The logic of neoliberal capitalism is now the water people swim in culturally. It is largely invisible and most don’t realise how their minds default to the dominant commonsense frames of economics discourse.”
Yet the science is increasingly incontrovertible: capitalism’s endless growth paradigm is unsustainable. The post-capitalist era is dawning. And the frog — in this case, the human — is boiling in a dying paradigm of its own construction that has far outlived its usefulness.

Read full article: https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/un-plan-to-save-earth-is-fig-leaf-for-big-business-insiders-2b91c106bb03

 

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APRN Statement on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

Marjorie Pamintuan <secretariat@aprnet.org>

17 Aug 2015  AsiaPacificRCEM@googlegroups.com

Dear friends,

Below is Asia Pacific Research Network’s statement on the Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for  Sustainable Development.You can also find the statement here: http://aprnet.org/?p=320

APRN Statement on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

Government leaders wrapped up the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations in August and came out with the outcome document titled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development. This agenda, that will set the path towards the achievement of sustainable development for all, without leaving anyone behind, will be adopted during the UN General Assembly in New York, on September 2015. It will mark the start of another decade and a half of global efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with their 169 targets.

During the two years of consultations and negotiations, Asia Pacific peoples raised their voices to demand for development justice. Eventually, peoples from the other regions joined the global call for the five transformative shifts for development justice (redistributive justice, gender and social justice, economic justice, environmental justice, and accountability to peoples) as the overarching framework for a sustainable development agenda that will address poverty, inequality within and between countries and between men and women, historical injustices, and over exploitation of the Earth’s resources which has already breached several of its planetary boundaries.

The resulting outcome document indeed has very important advances in the inclusion of positive aspirations such as gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, decent work and social protection, non-discrimination, and a new multi-stakeholder Technology Facilitation Mechanism.  It even has elements of addressing inequality within and between countries. These issues were not properly addressed in the previous Millennium Development Goals or in any other global agenda.

However, these good aspirations will be extremely difficult to achieve because the document still falls short of key people’s demands that are very important to achieve development justice.

Peoples’ movements have demanded to end inequality within and between countries and address the historical injustices of colonialism and neocolonialism. Not having any reference to redistribution of wealth within and between countries vastly reduces the chances of decreasing inequality by maintaining the same order that allows the obscene over concentration of wealth in the pockets of an elite few, which in turn gives them power to sway policies in favor of their profit-making ventures at the expense of people’s rights. Instead of promoting measures such as progressive taxation, weak language on monitoring global financial markets and institutions is preferred.

Migration is still treated as a tool for reducing inequality, ignoring the fact that a good portion of migration is driven by existing inequalities and violence that prevent migrants from attaining decent jobs and living wages in their countries of origin. This can lead to instrumentalization of migration to meet goals, which are supposedly the responsibility of governments, such as providing for decent work and living wages for the people.

The positive potential results of enhanced representation of developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions can be neutralized without effectively reigning in corporate power. Voices of developing countries and their people can continue to be drowned out by big corporates who can rally massive resources to lobby governments and institutions to bend public policy to their interests. At the same time, corporate driven free trade deals being negotiated alongside the SDGs, particularly the transpacific partnership (TPP) and the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), have investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, which give corporations undue influence over public policy making.

Despite calls to stop the outsourcing of development to the private sector, the outcome document still promotes private sector, business and private finance as the major drivers of productivity, growth, as well as job creation, without adequate accountability mechanisms that will put their operations into check. Public-private partnerships are being endorsed as modes of addressing needs for infrastructure and services without proper assessment of their effectiveness and their impacts on human rights especially those operating in developing countries and grassroots communities.

The principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) was reaffirmed in the outcome document. However, this key principle will be severely weakened if limited to environmental damage instead of encompassing the whole SDG agenda including the economic and social goals and targets.

Watered down language on foreign occupation remained despite the reality that the main driver of the violation of people rights and sovereignty in occupied territories is foreign occupation itself. Although the document called out to stop illicit financial and arms flows, it makes no calls whatsoever on supposedly legal, government-imposed militarist policies which lead to human rights violations especially of women and erodes democratic values including institutions. Militarism also diverts huge amounts of resources away from sustainable development spending towards military expenditures that enormously surpasses even the unambitious official development assistance (ODA) commitments of developed countries which up until this day are not yet fulfilled.

A very important element that TTIP and TPP have, which the Agenda 2030 does not, is enforceability. The document is not legally binding even after its adoptions by the 193 Member States in September. The outcome document also lacks a clear, enforceable accountability frameworks to hold governments to deliver on the their commitments on the one hand, and to address the human rights violations and environmental impacts of corporate activities on the other hand.

Perhaps, the greatest danger that can lead to the failure of the good aspirations spelled out in the SDGs is that the prevailing neoliberal development, which is premised sustained economic growth on a finite planet and allows the 1% to control more than half of the world’s resources, remains the overarching framework of achieving the path towards ‘transformation’.

Various challenges await people’s organizations and CSOs during the implementation at country level due to differing levels of capacity and priorities of governments. Enabling environment for people’s organizations is also one of those challenges because of the weak language on CSO participation in the implementation of the SDGs, and also because of laws and policies restricting CSO participation and actions especially in developing countries. Yet, people’s organizations and CSOs will be ever more vigilant in the struggle for the people’s democratic right to participate in the implementation of the Agenda and to make sure that the nationalization of the goals and targets are aligned with people’s demands.

 The people have started travelling the path to achieve development justice and will not settle for anything less. ###

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Sustainable Development 2015 – June news & resources related to the UN’s next global goals

 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7261Post-2015%20Summit%20-%202%20June%202015.pdf

  June 2015

5th Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental NegotiationsThe 5th Session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 development agenda was held between 18-22 May at UN Headquarters in New York. The session focused on follow-up and review of the Post-2015 development agenda. Over the course of the week, representatives of member states and stakeholders discussed: monitoring and evaluation; goals, targets and indicators; and themes for the interactive dialogues  scheduled for September.There next session of negotiations will take place 22-25 June.Read IISD’s summary of the negotiations  Zero Draft of Post-2015 Outcome DocumentThe highly anticipated Zero Draft covers the four components of the agenda: an Opening Declaration; the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets; Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership ; and Follow-Up and Review.
Stakeholder Feedback for Post-2015 Zero Draft
Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and participants of the Major Groups may contribute feedback on the zero draft by completing the online feedback form. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide specific suggestions of text edits or amendments for the elements of the document. UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD will then produce a compilation document of inputs received and make it available to the UN system, UN Member States, and all stakeholders.
Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals The main challenge in developing a monitoring framework for the Sustainable Development Goals is their expansive scope. Joy Hyvarinen and Larry MacFaul from VERTIC provide insights on how multi-disciplinary data can be utilised to create coherent indicators and metrics for effective Post-2015 governance.
Resources from the SD2015 Community  Interactive Timeline of Post-2015 ProcessesThe SD2015 partners have produced a comprehensive interactive timeline of the Post-2015 processes: Financing for Development; the High Level Political Forum; and the Sustainable Development Goals. The timeline also provides a short synopsis with the option of downloading supplementary information about each of the Post-2015 milestones.

Source: Sustainable Development 2015

 

Statement on Post-2015 interactive hearings

 

After the Post-2015 development agenda is finalized and adopted by the global community in September, the challenge of implementation will begin. Ensuring the attainment of the Post-2015 agenda requires effective mechanisms for monitoring, follow up and review.

Source: CODE-NGO

 

Global ranking on corruption and justice aims to promote good governance

 

The proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) are meant to guide development priorities until 2030, including commitments to promote the rule of law, ensure equal access to justice, end corruption, and ensure transparent and accountable institutions.

Source: The Guardian

 

Global Rule of Law Program Call for Think Pieces

 

Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law is keen to foster empirical and comparative knowledge on what works and what does not in rule of law interventions. In its efforts to solicit input from experts in this field, the Bingham Centre is keen to feature papers and insights from governance experts involved in the Post-2015 deliberations.

Source: Bingham Centre for Rule of Law Resources from the SD2015 Community

Briefing Note: Harnessing Citizen-Generated Data for A Transformative Post-2015 AgendaThis briefing note on harnessing citizen-generated data for a transformative Post-2015 agenda has been produced to inform the discussions of Member States and other stakeholders engaged in May Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015, which this month focuses on the framework for monitoring and review of implementation.Source: The  DataShift Universal Sustainable Development Goals: Understanding the Transformational Challenge for Developed CountriesSD2015 partner, Stakeholder Forum has undertaken a study to better understand the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Developed Countries, since this aspect has tended to receive less attention in the international discussions. The study assesses the challenges represented by each of the different SDGs (and their respective targets) within national circumstances.

Source: Stakeholder Forum

 

SDG Zero Draft: glass three-quarters full

 

An initial analysis of the SDG Zero Draft by research fellow Elizabeth Stuart from the Overseas Development Institute. The assessment provides insights on the nine bulleted aims of the Zero Draft and brings attention to the lack of specific deliverables for some key thematic areas.

Source: ODI

 

Summary of Stakeholder Event on Post-2015 Participatory Governance

 

On Thursday 21 May the Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network (TAP) and CIVICUS co-hosted a side-event entitled “Participatory Governance: Laying the Foundation for a Transformative and Accountable Post-2015 Agenda” with participants and experts present from Member States, civil society and the UN system. The event took a deeper dive into the role of participatory governance as a critical enabler to successful implementation of the Post-2015 agenda.

Source: The TAP Network

 

SD2015 National Partner Consultations in Venezuala

 

A network of civil society organizations, supported by the organisation Synergia, initiated a national consultation to assess the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals and propose public policies beyond 2015.

Source: Reporte24VE

Next newsletter is scheduled for week commencing 6 July.

Please send your content to matthew.reading-smith@civicus.org by 3 July.

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2015 HLPF: Global Sustainable Development Report available

Dear All,

Please note that an advance unedited copy of the 2015 edition of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) has been posted on the DESA website at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2015

The report aims to inform Member States on options to strengthen the science-policy interface in the context of the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda. It will be presented at the upcoming session of the HLPF from 26 June to 8 July.

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tahtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212sustainabledevelopment.un.org          

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Sustainable Development 2015 – May news & resources related to the UN’s next global goals

   May 2015   
Major Groups & other Stakeholders Request Mechanisms for Participation in Expert Group on SDG Indicators

To complement the means of engagement for civil society in the intergovernmental negotiations, Major Groups and other Stakeholders have submitted a formal request to the Co-facilitators of the IGNs to select SDG indicators in an open, transparent and participatory process.
Read the letter with over 150 organisational signatures here
A comprehensive interactive timeline of the Post-2015 processes: Financing for Development; the High Level Political Forum; and the Sustainable Development Goals. The timeline also provides a short synopsis with the option of downloading supplementary information about each of the Post-2015 milestones.
This online survey is a part of a wider consultation on the HLPF that SD2015 is carrying out in March-June 2015. The purpose is to make use of this crucial opportunity for members of Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders to shape engagement in the HLPF.
The United Nations Major Groups have produced position papers outlining their vision and priorities – including themes, goals, targets and indicators – for the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda for the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Resources from the SD2015 Community
 
The CSO FfD Group delivered its collective statements to each of the agenda items of the Second Drafting Session of the FfD Outcome Document (New York, April 13-17).
 
Perhaps one of the most critical discussions haunting the post-2015 agenda has to do with the question of “how”: How can such an ambitious plan be financed? Where will resources come from? At least for member states, the answer is not as elusive as you might think.
Source: Devex
A call on the need for a new approach to domestic resource mobilisation and allocation, in order to ensure that people with disabilities – as well as other marginalised groups – are fully included in sustainable development.

 

 

The NGO Committee for Social Development provides their perspective on the role of people and communities in the delivery of the SDGs, and an analysis on the details of MOI in the Secretary General’s post-2015 synthesis report.

 

CESR, Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch – has developed a proposal for a robust monitoring mechanism at the international level, with the human rights principles of transparency, participation, universality and accountability at its core.

 

Resources from the SD2015 Community
We recommend that every Member State adopt a national sustainable development strategy through a participatory process which is inclusive of people experiencing poverty and marginalisation.
Source: Beyond 2015
This brief highlights why the principles of transparency, accountability and participation (TAP) are critical to effective Post-2015 monitoring and follow-up, and provides recommendations on how these principles can be integrated into a meaningful system of accountability at local, national, regional and international levels.
   

It is not surprising that the political battles have already become fierce in the concurrent negotiations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) and the post-2015 development agenda with its SDGs. At stake is who will shape the agenda—and how much real impact it will have.

Source: Global Policy Forum

action/2015 May Mobilisation

Join action/2015 throughout the month of May as we pressure world leaders to deliver real transformative change at the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal Summit in September and the COP21 climate negotiations in December.
Source: action 2015

  

Next newsletter is scheduled for week commencing  1 June. 
Please send your content to matthew.reading-smith@civicus.org by 29 May.

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NEW REPORT: What lies beneath? a critical assessment of public private partnerships and their impact on sustainable development!

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce that today we launched our newest report, What lies beneath? a critical assessment of public private partnerships and their impact on sustainable development!

The report looks at the empirical and theoretical evidence available on the nature and impact of public private partnerships (PPPs), and analyses the experiences of Tanzania and Peru, in country case studies carried out by Afrodad and Latindadd, respectively. It critically assesses whether PPPs deliver on the promises of their proponents and gives concrete recommendations for policymakers.

Overall, the report finds that:

•       PPPs are, in most cases, the most expensive method of financing, significantly increasing the cost to the public purse.

•       PPPs are typically very complex to negotiate and implement and all too often entail higher construction and transaction costs than public works.

•       PPPs are all too often a risky way of financing for public institutions.

•       The evidence of impact of PPPs on efficiency is very limited and weak.

•       PPPs face important challenges when it comes to reducing poverty and inequality, while avoiding negative impacts on the environment.

•       Implementing PPPs poses important capacity constraints to the public sector, and particularly in developing countries.

•       PPPs suffer from low transparency and limited public scrutiny, which undermines democratic accountability.

As this report is published, the post-2015 and the financing for development agendas are being negotiated. PPPs are proposed as a key component of the financing for development agenda in response to pressing infrastructure needs. However, it is crucial to take into account what has happened so far and examine whether PPPs will help the world’s poorest countries to finance the roads, schools, hospitals, energy and other infrastructure facilities they need to grow and thrive.

We recommend a set of concrete actions that can have a crucial impact in this debate:

•       Stop hiding the true costs of PPPs

•       Be transparent and accountable

•       Put development outcomes at the forefront

•       Put developing countries in the driving seat

You can find the specificities of these in the full report: http://eurodad.org/whatliesbeneath

The report has already been picked up by Reuters and is mentioned in the Daily Mail, which we hope will put pressure on heads of government at this critical time as they gather for the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa. We would be very grateful for your help in spreading the word as far and wide as possible on social media, using the attached infographics and the #FFD3.

To read a briefing summary in English please click here.

To read a briefing summary in Spanish please click here.

To read a briefing summary in French please click here.

You can also read and share the press releaseMajor new report warns against the promotion of PPPs in development finance as heads of state gather for UN summit in Addis Ababa.

Thanks a lot in advance of your support!

Kind regards,

MJ

María José Romero
Policy and Advocacy Manager, Private finance and DFIs
Eurodad, European Network on Debt and Development

Tel: + 32 2 894 46 47

Skype: eurodad-mariajose

Email: mromero@eurodad.org
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 Sustainable Development 2015 – April news & resources related to the UN’s next global goals

Read IISD’s summary here

 
During the March session of the intergovernmental negotiations of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, SD2015 hosted a side event to launch its HLPF and Post-2015 governance consultation. Christopher Dekki, SD2015 Coordinator, provides a summary of the event, insights on the forthcoming HLPF meetings and preliminary expectations for the governance body.
Online Survey on the HLPF and Post-2015 Sustainable Development Governance

 
This online survey is a part of a wider consultation on the HLPF that SD2015 is carrying out in March-June 2015. The purpose is to make use of this crucial opportunity for members of Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders to shape engagement in the HLPF.
The United Nations Major Groups have produced position papers outlining their vision and priorities for the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Resources from the SD2015 Community
 
Sign On: Letter to the Post-2015 Co-Facilitators

At the March session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations, Major Groups and other Stakeholders agreed to write the following letter to Ambassadors Macharia Kamau and David Donoghue to thank them for championing our engagement in the negotiations and to convey our formal request to participate in the Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators.
The DataShift is a multi-stakeholder, demand-driven initiative that builds the capacity of civil society organisations to produce and use citizen-generated data to monitor development progress and demand accountability. This includes activities around both the SDGs and Data Revolution. The DataShift team is currently seeking feedback on its Theory of Change. This document clearly defines the change path that connects the initiative’s activities with the changes we want to support.
Source: DataShift
In recent months, there has been great progress in recognising the importance of civil society in shaping the so-called ‘post-2015’ agenda and an explicit recognition of the important role that civil society will play in delivering sustainable development. However, in many countries around the world, the actual conditions in which civil society operates are getting worse not better.

 An Open Letter to National Statistical Offices, UN Agencies and CSOs: TAP Network Response to UN Technical Report on SDG Indicator Framework

The Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) network has written an Open Letter to National Statistical Offices, providing recommendations on how to place open, inclusive, accountable and effective governance at the heart of the UN’s post-2015 Development Agenda.
Source: TAP Network
CIVICUS’ recommendations on indicators to UN Statistics Division

In response to the proposed indicators for Goal 16 and 17 of the post-2015 development framework, CIVICUS has provided recommendations on the principles and metrics that should be considered when measuring civil society’s participation in the implemetation of the agenda.
Source: CIVICUS
 
Observations on the post 2015 sustainable development process in the Middle East and North Africa region. In particular, the piece draws attention to the opportunity for countries to redesign their decision making processes to make them more inclusive, adaptable, transparent and evidence based.
Resources from the SD2015 Community
The SD2015 partners have produced the ‘Engaging with the Media’ guide to provide advice and guidance on how to target your messages for broadcast, press and social media; identify and build relationships with journalists; conduct interviews and hold press conferences, in order to deliver your post-2015 advocacy messages to a wider audience.
   

 
This event will provide stakeholders with training on the strategic use of new and traditional media in the context of Post-2015 advocacy. The training will be conducted by former BBC journalist, David Thomas.
 
Future generations are the vulnerable groups in decades and centuries to come. Policy frameworks must seek to protect the present poor and vulnerable whilst also protecting these same groups in the future.
 
Global Water Partnership (GWP) is campaigning for a dedicated water goal in the post-2015 development agenda. In this video the staff of the global GWP secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden, are speaking of why this is so important.

Source: Global Water Partnership

Accountability for the post-2015 Agenda: A proposal for a robust global revieew mechanism

CESR – along with Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch – has developed a proposal for a robust monitoring mechanism at the international level, with the human rights principles of transparency, participation, universality and accountability at its core.

Source: Center for Economic and Social Rights

To prepare stakeholders for the upcoming HLPF meetings and consultations, the SD 2015 partners have put together a calendar of the forthcoming events, which will ultimately define the purpose and remit of the governance body.
  
Next newsletter is scheduled for week commencing 4 May. 
Please send your content to matthew.reading-smith@civicus.org by 1 May
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Video – Sustainable Development Goals aim “to leave no one behind” stresses UN Special Adviser Amina Mohammed

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Sustainable Development 2015 – News & resources related to the UN’s next global goals

http://civicus.org/images/Journalist%20toolkitMarch.pdf

http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/enb3215e.pdf

 

Next    newsletter is scheduled for 7 April. 
Please send     your content to matthew.reading-smith@civicus.org                                 
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17-20 February, member states met for a     round of intergovernmental negotiations in New York.   The meeting was the second of eight scheduled  sessions (January-July 2015). The purpose of the  four day meeting between member states was to  discuss the declaration of the post-2015 agenda. The  meeting was open to participation from other   stakeholders and included a dialogue with Major   Groups and other Stakeholders.
Read IISD’s summary here
To prepare                    stakeholders for the upcoming post-2015 events, the  SD 2015 partners have put together a calendar of   this month’s important post-2015 meetings.
 
This toolkit is aimed at journalists and media liasons who are covering – or would like   to cover – stories relating to sustainable  development and the design and implementation of   the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the related framework of policies.
SD2015 partner, Stakeholder Forum has   examined the integration in the proposed   Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and put   forward stakeholder proposals which could be used   to improve the balance of the three dimensions of  sustainable development within the goals.
Resources  from the SD2015 Community
 

 

This   response has been developed by a  broad international group of Civil   Society Organizations following   the Financing for Development   (FfD) process. While the group is diverse and positions might differ   on specific issues, this document     expresses the elements of common   concern.
This   Civil Society Declaration  highlights a few of the areas of  greatest import to Civil Society  – namely inequalities and   poverty, human rights, accountability, and means of  implementation.
The  declaration calls on Member States   to acknowledge that access to   information, and the skills to use   it effectively, are required for   sustainable development, and  ensure that this is recognised in  the post-2015 development agenda.
The most   recent step in the post-2015 negotiations was the 17-20  February debate in New York on   the Declaration, meant to be the   framework political statement.  Despite strong emphasis on   transformation and high  aspiration, traditional lines  were drawn between (mostly)   Northern and Southern positions.
This   paper explores four interrelated areas in which World Vision has   observed growing confusion and  concern in the discussions on  cross-sector partnerships.

Source:    World Vision International

This   briefing note calls for a   dedicated global water goal in the  post-2015 development agenda.  Without such a goal, water issues   risk being forgotten by the global   community, threatening the   progress of other human  development efforts, our  environment, and our economies.
This   briefing note calls for WASH  to be recognised as a key     influential factor to be closely integrated into any  health goal and priorities   taken up by governments and    civil society.
Source: WaterAid
The purpose  of this study was to  examine the role and   visibility of  disabled people in   the discourses of  various global   policy processes related to  sustainable  development and the   post-2015  development agenda.
This  brief examines some of the most    important aspects, statements and  country programs that explain the   evolution and global importance of   policies that integrate social   protection policies with those   oriented to promote sustainable  development and responses to   climate change.
Source:      Jesus Marcos Gamero Rus

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Subject: Planning for Sustainable Development and the SDGs – What does it Take?
From: Leisa Perch <leisa.perch@undp.org>
Date: December 2, 2014
To: 
Dear Colleagues/Friends,
An International Seminar on Planning Tools for the Implementation of Sustainable Development and the SDGs organized by the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (NRG4SD) and the Rio+ Centre will take place on December 8th in Lima, Peru on the wings of COP 20.
Held from 9 am to 1 pm at the Sheraton Hotel, the event will include two panel discussions followed by a working session on the topic of integrating different datasets related to the three dimensions of sustainable development.
The Seminar will focus on one main question: What tools and planning methods are needed to facilitate the implementation of an integrated sustainable development?
Pls join us!
For more information, pls contact Layla Saad, Deputy Director RIO+ Centre  at layla.saad@undp.org and/or Linda Pollari atintern3_riomais@undp.org.
Pls share with other colleagues as well.
Best regards
Leisa

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