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Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement

Dear UN SD Education Caucus Climate Change Friends and Colleagues,

19 July 2015: At its 22nd meeting, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) focused on issues related to the global climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The participating economies, mostly represented at the ministerial level, discussed their views on the legal form and contents of the agreement. Despite diverse positions on these aspects, the co-chairs called the meeting “productive” and “very constructive.”

In anticipation of COP 21, which will take place on 30 November – 11 December 2015, in Paris, France, ministers discussed which elements of the agreement should be legally binding with a view to creating a common approach to challenges and achieve convergence. Four sessions were held over the two-day meeting: one on adaptation; two on mitigation; and one on transparency. Issues related to financial support were discussed over a working dinner.  To learn more: 
We ask, what one recommendation would you make in terms of the legally binding elements with a view to environmental education and achieving convergence?

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
Co-Chairs, UN SD Education Caucus
Co-Coordinators, Climate Change 
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA




ENB – 5th Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations – Summary & Analysis

Dear Community of Educators,

If you have or have not attended the negotiations meetings, from the coverage by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a spot of humor:
“We cannot use previously agreed language in a document that is looking towards the future”
ENB’s Summary & Analysis of the 5th Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda can be read here:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-chairs
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



Arab States Debate Self-Determination, Intra-Regional Trade, and Financing for Development Priorities at Sustainable Development Forum

Dear colleagues,
From 5-7 May, the Second Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development was held in Bahrain. Regions Refocus 2015 participated in this forum and we are pleased to share with you our recap of the major themes of the discussion, particularly as related to the preparatory process towards the Third Conference on Financing for Development.
Our articleArab States Debate Self-Determination, Intra-Regional Trade, and Financing for Development Priorities at Sustainable Development Forum, is available at
As a background document, we put together one of our UN Language Maps with traffic light analysis of Arab States positions on FfD:
As an important input into the Second Arab High-Level Forum, at which civil society participation especially from the region was woefully inadequate, Arab NGO Network for Development and UN-ESCWA organized a civil society pre-meeting in Beirut, Lebanon on 30 April. Please find the outcome of this event, Alternative Development Strategies for Post-2015: Exit from the Current Policy Approach, at
Thanks for reading. Keep up to date with Region Refocus 2015: Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter, and sign up for our email listserv here.



World Social Forum Workshop: The Internet We Want!

Dear all,
Sharing this from friends at IT for Change- for those who are interested and going to the World Social Forum.
All the best,

The Internet We Want!

(Say NO to      corporate monopolies and the surveillance machine)

Join us at a workshop      at the World Social Forum, Tunis, 24-28th March, 2015

Organizing an Internet  Social Forum – A Call to Occupy the Internet”

and for planning      towards a

People’s Internet Manifesto”

On         26th March, at Amphi   4, from 15:00 to 17:30 Hrs

The Internet has become an          essential part of our daily lives. It is becoming our basic          means to access knowledge and to communicate with each other,          as well as the new arteries for commerce. It holds great          promise for strengthening democracy, for building the          solidarity economy and for ensuring cultural diversity. But          while this is occurring, the Internet is being coopted and          controlled for private gain by a few corporations; data mining          tools are processing our personal data for purposes, and in          ways over which we have no say or knowledge; the Internet is          being militarized and new digital technologies are          transforming our world into a super surveillance society. What          was supposed to liberate is being employed to chain and          control us!

This workshop will discuss the need          for and modalities of a global Internet Social Forum. We will          collaboratively define the Internet we want and how to build          it. We will also begin a process to develop a ‘People’s          Internet Manifesto’.

A short briefing          will be followed by an open forum on the ‘why, what and how’

of an Internet          Social Forum 

The workshop is        being organized by the following organizations:

ActionAid India;          Advocates of Science and Technology for the People; Agencia          Latinoamericana de Información; All India Peoples Science          Network; Alternative Informatics Association; Arab NGO Network          for Development; Association for Proper Internet Governance;          Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and          Training; Computer Professionals Union; EUROLINC; Free Press;          Free Software Movement of India; Global_Geneva; Instituto del          Tercer Mundo; IT for Change; Just Net Coalition; Network          Institute for Global Democratization; Open-Root; Other News;          P2P Foundation; SFLC.IN; Society for Knowledge Commons; Third          World Network.

For more information, visit the        ISF stall at the WSF

or, write to:

  Internet Social Forum workshop     /         FREE Internet       /    People Internet PIM





March Steering Committee Members for P-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations

Dear CPG4SD,

      We are pleased to announce that a 17-member Stakeholder Steering      Committee to collaborate on the engagement of the Major Groups and      other stakeholders in the 3rd Post-2015 Intergovernmental Session      has been announced.
The draft program also for the March 23-27 Intergovernmental      Negotiation is now available online.  Please click on this link to      access the draft program:
An interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders      is also being organized.  The half-day interactive dialogue will      take place on March 25, Wednesday.  Information on this is      accessible at:
If you are interested in organizing a side event during the      session, please follow the guidelines and complete the request  form accessible here.
April for the Secretariat


Update 006-2015

Dear CPG4SG,

Summary of the 2nd session of the      Intergovernmental Negotiations is now available in this link:  Attached in this letter is      the copy of the speech delivered by Eni Lestari of IMA.

Nominations for Funded speaking role during      the 3rd session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental      Negotiations was due last March6, 2015 and unfunded speaking role      on the other hand was due last March 8, 2015.  Applications/nominations      received are posted here:

For those who will be hosting side events,      guidelines and request forms is posted at  The deadline for side event      application is March 10, 2015.

For the upcoming sessions, please see below      topics and other relevant events in NYC.

6-10 Apr PGA High-Level Thematic Debate              on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation; Salina Sanou (Acord International)
13-17 Apr FfD Drafting Session Jennifer del Rosario (IBON              International)
20-24 Apr P2015 MoI and Global Partnership for              Sustainable Development María Teresa Castellanos

El Salvador

Beverly Longid

Paul QuintosMAY15PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate on Strengthening              Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional              organizations Alejandro Bariios (PCFS-LAC)18 – 22 P2015 Follow up and review  JUNE15 – 19FfD Drafting SessionGeorgina Munoz (RENICC) 22 – 25P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on outcome document Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN) Tetet LAuron (CJ)29PGA High-level event on climate              change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)

Fabiola Rios (Fundacion Cordillera)JULY13-16FfD Conference in Addis (with              preceding NGO Forum)Georgina Munoz (RENICC) Vitalice Meja (RoA-Africa)20-24P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)27-31P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document  September   15-2870th Session of UNGAJean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

For more information about the P2015      development agenda, please visit:        

In service,


for the Secretariat



UN NGLS:   Programme & registration: 16 January Post-2015 Stakeholder Preparatory Forum with UN Member States

Dear UN SD Education Caucus Colleagues,

The Program and Registration [deadline January 13th] for the January 16 Post-2015 Stakeholder Preparatory Forum, UN Headquarters, with representatives of UN Member States and the UN system are now available.  
Register for the forum here by 13 January:
If you plan on attending, please let us know.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremlley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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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Draft programmes and registration links for 16 Jan stakeholder preparatory forum & 19-21 Jan first negotiating session; Decision on Modalities


The draft programmes (also attached below) and registration links for the post-2015 preparatory forum for major groups and other stakeholders, to be held on 16 January 2015, and the first post-2015 negotiating session, to be held from 19-21 January 2015, are now available.
**If you have a valid UN Grounds Pass, you do NOT also need a Special Event Ticket to attend these events. Your UN Grounds Pass will enable you to attend each event.**
Stakeholder Preparatory Forum (16 January) Registration
Post-2015 Negotiation Session (19-21 January) Registration
UN DESA Sustainable Development Platform:
Also attached is the draft decision on the modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda as agreed on 17 December 2014 by Member States.
On civil society participation:
  • the process of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will be in accordance with the rules of procedure and established practices of the General Assembly and open, transparent and inclusive, consistent with the resolution xxx of xxx December 2014 [Summits modalities]on the organization of the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post 2015 development agenda.
  • Co-facilitators will ensure the engagement of the relevant stakeholders including major groups, civil society, scientific and knowledge institutions, parliaments, local authorities and the private sector, and seek their views, building upon the practices of the Open Working Group on sustainable development goals and in accordance with resolution xxx on the organization of the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post 2015 development agenda;
On Zero Draft: 
  • The initial draft of the outcome document on the post 2015 development agenda shall be prepared by the co-facilitators  on the basis of views provided by member states and taking into account substantive discussions in the process of intergovernmental negotiations, andshall be presented to member states by May 2015 for the intergovernmental negotiations;
  • Underlining the importance of achieving a consensus outcome, decides that the outcome document of the post-2015 development agenda should be adopted by consensus;

Negotiation sessions and themes:

  • 19-21 January 2015 [3 days] – Stocktaking
  • 17-20 February 2015 [4 days] – Declaration
  • 23-27 March 2015 [5 days]  Sustainable Development Goals and targets
  • 20-24 April 2015 [5 days] – Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
  • 18-22 May 2015 [5 days] – Follow up and review
  • 22-25 June 2015 [4 days] – Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document
  • 20-24 July 2015 and 27-31 July 2015 [10 days] – Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document.
Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
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