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Post-2015: Logistical information on July IGN (20-24 and 27-31 July)

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Dear CPG4SD,

Please see below email for the losgistical information for the July 1st week IGN.

Best,

April
for the Secretariat

From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 16, 2015
Subject: Post-2015: Logistical information on July IGN (20-24 and 27-31 July)
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

The next session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 20-24 and 27-31 July in Conference Room 1. The programme of work, relevant documentation and a list of side events are available at the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.

Similar to the previous negotiating sessions, a total of 12 seats with microphones will be made available in Conference Room 1 for use by major groups and other stakeholders on a rotational basis. Additional seating will be available in the balcony area of Conference Room 1. On Monday, 20 July and Tuesday, 21 July, the Trusteeship Council Chamber will function as an overflow room. Subject to room availability, overflow rooms for the subsequent days will be announced in due course. All meetings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.

Preparation of daily interventions

Major groups and other stakeholders will be able to deliver three collectively prepared statements (max. 2 min each) at the end of each day of the first week. To facilitate the collaborative preparations of these 3 daily statements, DSD and NGLS have created the following Google Spreadsheet to be used by major groups and other stakeholders to coordinate their efforts:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ViXQUAceYCNkZ8FPSNK_sMaH4jEfpaKI3lymxVcS46k/edit?usp=sharing

There will be coordination meetings every morning, lunchtime and afternoon to finalize the preparations of the statements and to discuss other pertinent matters. These coordination meetings will be held on Monday, 20 July, from 8:30-10 a.m. and from 1-6 p.m. in conference room 12. The location for the subsequent days will be shared with you on Monday.

Additional meeting rooms

A smaller conference room has also been reserved for your use for additional caucusing purposes. The room is available Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and can be reserved using the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lOyaJSV0_LxKZqyRKha8dUZr9YfcXCEl_G5I-PyNUr4/edit#. Please note that it is not the same room every day, please refer to the schedule available on the reservation form.

Meeting with the Permanent Mission of Brazil

The Permanent Mission of Brazil is inviting representatives of major groups and other stakeholders to a meeting on Tuesday, 21 July, at 8:30 a.m. in conference room 6.


Please note that the UN will be closed tomorrow, Friday, 17 July, in observance of Eid al-Fitr. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.


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) 367-2212 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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Post-2015: Logistical information on July IGN (20-24 and 27-31 July)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
Please note that NGOs outside of New York are also invited to participate in the drafting of the three short (2 minutes max) MGoS interventions to take place at the end of each day during the first week of the negotiations (20-24 July).  Please read the instructions carefully below that includes the Google Spreadsheet link for group statements.

 From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 16, 2015
Subject: Post-2015: Logistical information on July IGN (20-24 and 27-31 July)
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

The next session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 20-24 and 27-31 July in Conference Room 1. The programme of work, relevant documentation and a list of side events are available at the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.

Similar to the previous negotiating sessions, a total of 12 seats with microphones will be made available in Conference Room 1 for use by major groups and other stakeholders on a rotational basis. Additional seating will be available in the balcony area of Conference Room 1. On Monday, 20 July and Tuesday, 21 July, the Trusteeship Council Chamber will function as an overflow room. Subject to room availability, overflow rooms for the subsequent days will be announced in due course. All meetings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.

Preparation of daily interventions

Major groups and other stakeholders will be able to deliver three collectively prepared statements (max. 2 min each) at the end of each day of the first week. To facilitate the collaborative preparations of these 3 daily statements, DSD and NGLS have created the following Google Spreadsheet to be used by major groups and other stakeholders to coordinate their efforts:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ViXQUAceYCNkZ8FPSNK_sMaH4jEfpaKI3lymxVcS46k/edit?usp=sharing

There will be coordination meetings every morning, lunchtime and afternoon to finalize the preparations of the statements and to discuss other pertinent matters. These coordination meetings will be held on Monday, 20 July, from 8:30-10 a.m. and from 1-6 p.m. in conference room 12. The location for the subsequent days will be shared with you on Monday.

Additional meeting rooms

A smaller conference room has also been reserved for your use for additional caucusing purposes. The room is available Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and can be reserved using the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lOyaJSV0_LxKZqyRKha8dUZr9YfcXCEl_G5I-PyNUr4/edit#. Please note that it is not the same room every day, please refer to the schedule available on the reservation form. 

Meeting with the Permanent Mission of Brazil

The Permanent Mission of Brazil is inviting representatives of major groups and other stakeholders to a meeting on Tuesday, 21 July, at 8:30 a.m. in conference room 6.


Please note that the UN will be closed tomorrow, Friday, 17 July, in observance of Eid al-Fitr. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.


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) 367-2212 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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Post-2015: Programme for July IGN

Dear CPG4SD,

 
The programme for the July 20-24 IGN is now available.  Please click on the link below to view the program.

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/negotiationsoutcome2

Preliminary programme for the Side Events will soon follow.

For more information about the P2015 development agenda, please visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.

In service,

April
for the Secretariat
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Post-2015 Digest ISSUE #129

The Post-2015 Digest provides a weekly compilation of news, opinion, reports, and events on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and related processes.

The Post-2015 Digest provides a weekly compilation of news, opinion, reports, and events on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and related processes.

Connect with us:      www.irf2015.org

REPORTS AND PROPOSALS

  • Bertrand G. Ramcharan: Human Rights and the SDGs: A side-lined priority? This briefing looks at the content of the SDGs, strategies for implementation, and follow-up and review options from a human rights perspective, offering policy options for future mainstreaming. It finds a disconnect between the SDGs and the actual human rights strategies for implementation, calling for more explicit human rights wording in the goals themselves, and requesting that the UN Secretary General refer to the role of national human rights institutions when preparing guidelines for national reports and review processes.
  • David Stephen (NYU-CIC): From Declaration to Delivery: Actioning the Post-2015 Agenda. This synthesis report compiles findings from a series of roundtable discussions, exploring delivery challenges facing the SDGs. The report distills eight “reality check” themes to illustrate the scale of the challenge and recommends four immediate action points for further debate: 1) build an informal network of ‘centers of excellence’ on post-2015 implementation; 2) engage decision makers from across governments; 3) announce ‘quick start’ support packages in the Addis and September summits; and 4) position the 2017 HLPF as a “Delivery Summit” for the post-2015 agenda.
  • UNCTAD: A Sustainable Development Review Process. This proposal builds on UNCTAD’s experiences in MDG monitoring and the MDG Gap Task force, examining two overarching objectives of a sustainable development review process and outlining how such a process might function. The brief explores a national component, regional component for peer review, and thematic and global components, mapping out the framework and offering UNCTAD’s tools to aid the process and substantively collaborate as an active member at multiple levels.
  • IASS Potsdam and partners: Towards an Integrated and Inclusive Follow-up and Review of Natural Resources. This issue brief outlines 2 recommendations for the current zero draft of the SDG Outcome Document: 1) that thematic reviews of natural resources as a crosscutting issue, from tenure to their use, should be carried out under the HLPF; and 2) that national multi-stakeholder and rights-holder initiatives for follow-up and review, within the context of a renewed global partnership for development, should be established or strengthened.
  • Shannon Kindornay (Carleton University) with ActionAid Italy: Realising Country Ownership Post-2015? This paper evaluates references to country ownership in official documentation informing the post-2015 negotiations against a framework of available ‘country ownership’ principles and definitions, identifying gaps and where additional commitments are necessary. It analyzes enablers of both systemic and country-level factors that impact country ownership, outlining implications and needs for the  final SDG and FfD outcomes. A summary write-up on ActionAid’s website is also available, here.

RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

  • UNGA High Level Event on Climate Change. This event, held 29 June 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York the President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, highlighted issues of climate change and the need to mobilize political momentum, stakeholders and action on mitigation, adaptation, means of implementation and other key areas. A write-up by IISD is available in the above link, featuring further links to additional releases.

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Post-2015: themes of the six post-2015 Summit interactive dialogues

Mon, 1 Jun 2015

Dear All,

Please note that a letter from the post-2015 co-facilitators containing the themes for the six interactive dialogues to be held during the post-2015 Summit has been posted at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.

The modalities for how these six interactive dialogues will be organized are outlined in General Assembly resolution 69/244 (annex II): http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/69/L.43&Lang=E

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) 367-2212 | sustainabledevelopment.un.orgUN70 Logo         

 

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Attachment — Post-2015: General Assembly interactive hearings on 26-27 May / concept note and extension of registration deadline

 15 FAQ 11 May – with extended deadline

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LAST DAY to apply for May Post-2015 IGN Steering Committee

Dear CPG4SD,

For those who wanted to be part of the Steering Committee for the 5th Intergovernmental Negotiation Session focusing on Follow-up and Review on May 18-22, 2015,

please click on this link to fill-up the nomination form:

http://tinyurl.com/Aply-May-SC .

Self nomination is okay but please do inform the Secretariat (secretariat@peoplesgoals.org) if you have nominated yourself or anyone so we can work on getting a stronger vote in the process.

Thank you.

Best,

April, for the Secretariat

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

Subject: Post-2015: Informal dialogue with the Permanent Mission of Brazil, Friday 24 April at . in CR 5
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

The Mission of Brazil to the UN will hold an informal dialogue with civil society representatives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the FfD negotiations on Friday, 24 April, from 8:45 am to 9:45 am, in Conference Room 5. All civil society representatives are invited.

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) 367-2212 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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2015 memes/graphics for our online/social media campaign

 

Dear all,

This year is a crucial moment for our post-2015 advocacy.

The weeks and months leading to this year’s UN General Assembly will surely be exciting times and, needless to say, very busy, as we step up our engagements and mass campaigning demand for a people-centered post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

In this light, we have prepared a series of graphic materials with the overall theme “Time to End the Corporate War on the Poor. Time for Development Justice” and 10 popular calls that revolve around our 10 People’s Goals:

  1. 1.     Human Rights. Peoples’ Rights.
  2. 2.     End inequality. Fight exploitation. 
  3. 3.     Stop landgrabs.  Food for all
  4. 4.     Decent work. Living wage. 
  5. 5.     Our rights have no pricetags. Stop privatization. 
  6. 6.     End discrimination. Fight oppression.
  7. 7.     People and Planet over Profits.
  8. 8.     Democracy is People Power. 
  9. 9.     No Justice. No Peace.
  10. 10.  Self-Determination for Liberation.

The graphics will be made available on

a) Our official Facebook accounts

  1. 1.     People’s Goals Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesGoals
  2. 2.     Development Justice Page: https://www.facebook.com/daysfordevjustice

b) Our official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/PeoplesGoals; and

c) Our website: www.peoplesgoals.org

d) Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxxenyshpbxrg82/AACMEgSZH9IyVbD1pZV84sQpa?lst=#/

We are kindly asking you to help us disseminate and popularize our graphics via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and website:

  1. 1.     Like, post, comment and share/retweet the graphics on our social media accounts to promote online visibility.
  2. 2.     We also encourage you to download the images and post them on your respective social media accounts (be it your organization’s or your personal account) and use the hashtag #DevelopmentJustice to sustain the conversation and maintain our online presence. Tag organizations, individuals, your families or friends to widen our reach.  
  3. 3.     Post and promote the images on your websites. 

You can also choose to make your own graphics with your own calls using the same template. You can contact our secretariat and we will customize the graphics for you. Alternatively, you can download a .psd file of the template available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxxenyshpbxrg82/AACMEgSZH9IyVbD1pZV84sQpa?lst#lh:null-template.psd edit the graphics, and translate the messages yourself if you know how to use Photoshop.

Should you have further inquiries and suggestions, please email our Global Secretariat at secretariat@peoplesgoals.org

Looking forward to your positive response and thank you so much for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Ivan Phell Enrile

 

Hi Ivan, thanks for this. 

I remember we have Gender Justice in our 10 People’s Goals. Where is it in the 10 Popular Calls? 

 

Rina  

On Fri, Jan 9, 2015, Ivan Phell Enrile <ienrile@iboninternational.org> wrote:

Dear all,

This year is a crucial moment for our post-2015 advocacy. The weeks and months leading to this year’s UN General Assembly will surely be exciting times and, needless to say, very busy, as we step up our engagements and mass campaigning demand for a people-centered post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

In this light, we have prepared a series of graphic materials with the overall theme “Time to End the Corporate War on the Poor. Time for Development Justice” and 10 popular calls that revolve around our 10 People’s Goals:

1.Human Rights. Peoples’ Rights.

2.End inequality. Fight exploitation. 

3.Stop landgrabs.  Food for all

4.Decent work. Living wage. 

5.Our rights have no pricetags. Stop privatization. 

6.End discrimination. Fight oppression.

7.People and Planet over Profits.

8.Democracy is People Power. 

9.No Justice. No Peace.

10.Self-Determination for Liberation.

The graphics will be made available on

a) Our official Facebook accounts

1.People’s Goals Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesGoals

2.Development Justice Page: https://www.facebook.com/daysfordevjustice

b) Our official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/PeoplesGoals; and

c) Our website: www.peoplesgoals.org

d) Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxxenyshpbxrg82/AACMEgSZH9IyVbD1pZV84sQpa?lst=#/

We are kindly asking you to help us disseminate and popularize our graphics via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and website:

1.Like, post, comment and share/retweet the graphics on our social media accounts to promote online visibility.

2.We also encourage you to download the images and post them on your respective social media accounts (be it your organization’s or your personal account) and use the hashtag #DevelopmentJustice to sustain the conversation and maintain our online presence. Tag organizations, individuals, your families or friends to widen our reach.  

3.Post and promote the images on your websites. 

You can also choose to make your own graphics with your own calls using the same template. You can contact our secretariat and we will customize the graphics for you. Alternatively, you can download a .psd file of the template available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxxenyshpbxrg82/AACMEgSZH9IyVbD1pZV84sQpa?lst#lh:null-template.psd edit the graphics, and translate the messages yourself if you know how to use Photoshop.

Should you have further inquiries and suggestions, please email our Global Secretariat at secretariat@peoplesgoals.org

Looking forward to your positive response and thank you so much for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Ivan Phell Enrile


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WATCH NOW! The Road to Development Justice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I2cEDbIW04 

Inequality is now so high that a woman garment worker earns less in a year than the Walton family earns every second. Climate change will force 50 million people to migrate from Bangladesh alone. The global crises of inequality and climate are both caused by our global economy. Together they threaten the future of humanity. It’s time for a new model – a model of Development Justice. This video explains Development Justice and the shifts civil society in the Global South demand. It makes the case for why we need a new development model to address the double crises of inequality and environmental collapse.

If you’d like to use this video and for citations on statistics used in this video, or dub this video in your language, email leanne@apwld.org.

 

Hi Rina, 

Thank you so much for the feedback. Call #6 “End Discrimination. Fight Oppression” is about Gender Justice and is made more pronounced by the accompanying picture of women activists holding a banner “Zero Tolerance For Violence Against Women” as seen here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxxenyshpbxrg82/AACMEgSZH9IyVbD1pZV84sQpa?lst=#lh:null-6_discrimination.jpg

Do you have suggestions on how to better phrase the call? We would like to hear from you.

Thank you so much and looking forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Ivan Phell

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Post-2015: Proposed themes for the September Post-2015 Summit interactive dialogues

 

Dear CPG4SD,

Please see attached document for the themes proposed by the co-facilitators of the Post-2015 process for the 6 interactive dialogues to be held during the Post-2015 UN Summit in September.
Best,

 April for the Secretariat
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Post-2015: Provide your suggestions for text for the Declaration component of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

DEADLINE: 17 March 2015

 

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org> Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015
Subject: Post-2015: Provide your suggestions for text for the Declaration component of the Post-2015 Development
Agenda To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Dear Colleagues,
(Apologies for cross-posting)
On 19 February 2015, a discussion document for the Declaration section of the Post-2015 Development Agenda was released by the co-facilitators of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN. The document is available here: http://bit.ly/p2015-declaration-discussion-document
It is composed of 15 paragraphs which outline ideas to be included in the Declaration.
UN DESA DSD and UN-NGLS invite non-governmental stakeholders to provide suggestions for inspirational and aspirational text / language for any of these paragraphs using this online form:  http://bit.ly/p2015declaration-suggest-paragraphs
You may contribute to one or more of the 15 paragraphs; you are not required to respond for all. You may introduce new topics when doing this. In addition, you may also submit up to three additional standalone paragraphs to address ideas beyond those presented in the 15 paragraphs of the discussion document.
A compilation document of all submissions with attributions will be prepared by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD and shared online. 
DEADLINE: 17 March 2015
(This deadline has been guided by the Secretariat for the post-2015 negotiations)
Proposed paragraphs submitted via this form can be viewed here:  http://bit.ly/p2015-declaration-paragraphs-submitted
Thank you in advance for your contributions.
UN-NGLS and DESA DSD 
Lotta Tahtinen  Major Groups Programme Coordinator Division for Sustainable Development/DESA United Nations, S-2619 E-mail: tahtinen@un.or

 

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TWN Info Service on UN Sust Dev.: Post-2015 Development Agenda Declaration:  One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward? (Part 1)

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TWN Info Service on UN Sustainable Development (Mar15/02)         5 March  2015         Third World Network www.twn.my
        Dear friends and colleagues,
The second meeting of the Post-2015 Development Agenda        process took place on 16-20 February at the UN headquarters in        New York. The topic was the political Declaration that will be        adopted at the Development Summit in September of this year.        Below is Part 1 of 2 parts of a Third World Network report on        the discussion.
The next meeting will be on 23-27 March where Member States        will discuss the Sustainable Development Goals and targets and        their integration into the post-2015 agenda.
With best wishes,         Third World Network
Post-2015 Development            Agenda Declaration:  One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward?            (Part 1)
by Ranja Sengupta and Mirza Alas          (Third World Network)
As the discussion on the Declaration of the Post-2015        Development Agenda gets underway differences between developing        and developed countries that are likely to loom over the rest of        the Post-2015 negotiations became clearer.
The draft political Declaration is to set the framework for        the Post-2015 development agenda and spell out the broader        common principles, commitments and objectives that the agenda is        founded on.
A first discussion took place at the UN headquarters in New        York on 16-20 February 2015 on an Elements Paper circulated        earlier by the Co-Chairs of the Post-2015 Process, Ambassadors        David Donoghue (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya). After the        elements discussion, an outline of the draft Declaration was        considered by Member States.
At the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development        Goals (SDGs) that worked in 2013-2014, intense negotiations        resulted in the Chapeau to the Goals. The Chapeau was based on        considerable discussions during the one and a half years’ tenure        of the OWG, and is part of the Report on SDGs that has been        agreed to by the full General Assembly as the basis of the        Post-2015 Declaration.
However, it has been clear from the start that we are going        back to the drawing board for the Declaration where significant        and agreed elements of the OWG Report, including the agreed        Chapeau, are being challenged.
For example, the principles of Common but Differentiated        Responsibility (CBDR), and of Universality but with        Differentiation were both contested by several developed        countries. On the other hand, new configurations including the        six elements of the Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General on        the Post-2015 Agenda, not agreed to as such by Member States,        are now put on the table by developed countries.
Means of Implementation (MOI) and a Global Partnership for        Development led by governments were hardly mentioned by the        developed countries while multistakeholder partnerships with a        downplaying of the roles and responsibility of governments,        especially those in developed countries, was a recurrent theme.         The key role of the private sector, challenged repeatedly by        most civil society organisations, continues to be echoed again        and again.
Brazil notably cautioned against abstract references to         “enabling environment” and “multistakeholder partnerships” and        stressed that, “undue emphasis on partnerships minimizes the        primary responsibility of States, while overplaying the role of        the private sector.”
The emphasis from developed countries, following the        Declaration’s Elements Paper that was debated by Member States,        seemed to be on having a simple and communicable Declaration.
In contrast, developing countries represented by the Group of        77 and China and groupings of the Least Developed Countries        (LDCs), the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the        African Group repeatedly demanded that the SDG document be        respected and that the key principles already recognized must        underpin the Declaration. CBDR is one such principle that was        most mentioned. Adhering to the agreed principles set in the Rio        processes is necessary, according to many developing countries.        While most developing countries showed a willingness to discuss        the essential 6 elements suggested by the Secretary-General’s        Synthesis Report, they reiterated that the SDGs should be the        basis of the Goals and targets of the Post-2015 Development        Agenda as agreed in the General Assembly last year.
Most of the developing countries, LDCs, SIDs, wanted poverty        eradication to be recognised as the primary objective of the        agenda and reiterated the importance of Means of Implementation        and the Global Partnership for Development. Several developing        countries mentioned human rights including the right to        development. Many statements while recognizing the need for a        simple and communicable declaration, cautioned against over        simplification of complex and multilayered concepts that must        underpin the Declaration and strengthen the commitments that        will help the global community deliver on this agenda.
The next version of the Draft Declaration is expected to come        out before May and further discussions on the Declaration will        take place any time before July.
[The first part of the February discussion on the Elements        Paper is covered in Part 1 of this article while the discussion        on the Draft Declaration will be covered in Part 2.]
The Elements Paper and Responses
The Elements paper was circulated earlier by the Co-Chairs to        be a basis for discussion on the Declaration. The Paper is        divided into several segments: a collective vision of the road        to 2030; what we must do to get there; How we will do this;        follow-up and review; our commitment; and final call to action.        It recognizes poverty, climate change, the degradation of the        natural world, inequality within and between countries,        vulnerability and exclusion, institutional failures,        economic/social/environmental shocks and challenges, including        those undermining peaceful and just societies.
However the Paper has already been criticized for some big        misses.
Roberto Bissio of Social Watch pointed out that “The most        striking feature of the ‘elements’ paper is that a document that        is supposed to preamble a new development agenda of the UN does        not include the word ‘development’. The only mention of         ‘development’ is when developing countries are being called to        generate an ‘enabling environment’ (for the corporate sector)        while the Global Partnership for Development is reduced to a        mechanism to discipline developing countries to implement the        required governance changes and to promote the partnerships with        the private sector!”
It has also been pointed out by analysts that while the Paper        was framed (in part) by the six elements in the SG Synthesis        Report, it fails to even once mention the SDGs, discussed and        agreed in the OWG in July 2014 and agreed to by Members as the        basis for the General Assembly negotiations in the Post-2015        process.
[The SG Synthesis Report suggests six essential elements:        dignity, people, prosperity, planet, justice, and partnership.        However this reclassification of goals and objectives away from        the SDGs had been criticized even after its release on December        4, 2014.]
Again there seems to be an attempt in the Elements Paper to        reclassify the goals into 3 categories: those that are        nationally defined; global targets to apply universally; and        goals that “leave no one behind” but at the same time “balance        and integrate the social, economic and environmental        dimensions”. Bissio asks, “Who is going to rearrange the SDGs        under these categories and for what purpose?”
Any attempt to reclassify could also lead to the danger of        opening up of the SDGs or to prioritise some goals over the        others, a concern expressed by several civil society analysts.
In defining “How we will do this”, the paper dissociates the        Global Partnership for Development from MOI whereas the former’s        role was to facilitate the latter. Bissio argues that the        Elements Paper reduces the Global Partnership for Development to        an “enabling environment” to be created by national governments        in developing countries where “multi-stakeholder partnerships”         obviously led by the private sector, can then flourish. This can        exonerate the developed countries of responsibility towards        helping developing countries to achieve the SDGs.
Member States’ Response
The Group of 77 and China (G-77) thanked the        Co-facilitators for the Elements paper and noted that the        declaration must be contextualized around values and principles        that continue to rally the international community, address the        current fundamental challenges confronting humanity, in        particular poverty with its multi-dimensionality to ensure equal        opportunities for all. Moreover the declaration must also call        for concrete steps to implement the post-2015 development        agenda. The Group highlighted that the declaration must draw        from agreed outcomes of previous Summits and processes.         The G-77 wanted a declaration for an ambitious and        transformative and action-oriented sustainable development        agenda that is “guided by the Rio principles, in particular the        Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities. In our        view there can be no re-negotiation of this seminal principle        for international cooperation on sustainable development. In        this regard the declaration must recognize the criticality of        balancing the universality of the agenda with differentiation,        to acknowledge the different responsibilities, capacities and        circumstances among countries that continue to pose challenges        for the realization of development aspirations by the developing        countries”.
The Group also noted that through the declaration “our        leaders could use the occasion to reaffirm the commitment of the        international community to all human rights and strengthen our        commitment to the right to development, including the right to        acceptable standard of living”.
Furthermore, the declaration should emphasize the importance        of territorial integrity, sovereignty and policy space to allow        member states to adapt the Sustainable Development Goals and        targets to national development plans and strategies.        Accordingly, the declaration should reaffirm that poverty        eradication is the greatest global challenge and logically an        indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The Group        underscored the special challenges facing the most vulnerable        countries in achieving sustainable development.
The G-77 reiterated the view that “the success of the        post-2015 development agenda will largely hinge on the Means of        Implementation and continued development assistance to the        developing countries. In this regard the declaration should        clearly state the need for the United Nations and developed        countries to support developing countries in implementing the        post-2015 development agenda through the much-needed Means of        Implementation, including through mobilization of additional        resources, increasing market access, facilitating technology        transfer on concessional and preferential terms and        strengthening capacity-building. Technology facilitation and        capacity building will be crucial for the achievement of the        sustainable development goals. Delivery on the means of        implementation will require broad and deep cooperation and        therefore the declaration must call for the revitalization and        strengthening of the global partnership for sustainable        development.”
The Group maintained that the declaration should emphasize        the need for fundamental changes in the way societies produce        and consume, which are indispensable for achieving global        sustainable development. “Our long standing view as the Group of        77 and China has been that all countries should take action,        with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account        the development and capabilities of developing countries”, the        Statement stressed.
On behalf of the LDCs, Benin said that the        Group wants a Declaration that is “concise, visionary,        ambitious, actionable and communicable and simple, which is        action oriented and understandable by all”.  The Group reminded        that the collective vision for 2030 is poverty eradication and        tackling multidimensional challenges of climate change and        environmental degradation, iterative economic and social crises        and widening inequalities.
Benin also said that “in our universal approach to the        challenges, we take into account the specificities and realities        of each country in particular that we pay due attention to the        situation of the most vulnerable countries, namely the LDCs,        because most of them were unable to achieve the MDGs.” “As        regards our group, being at the bottom of the ladder of the        development scale, and standing to gain from the higher        awareness of common humanity with the highest possible ambition         … the Declaration should emphasise the principle of “leaving no        one behind”.
The LDCs called for a reaffirmation of the basic principles        of the UN and in the Rio Declaration, in particular Principle 6,        which specifies that, “the special situation and needs of        developing countries, particularly the least developed and those        most environmentally vulnerable, shall be given special        priority, while addressing the interests and needs of all        countries.” The Statement also highlighted Principle 7 about        CBDR “which is the basis for the principle of preferential and        differential treatment of LDCs which should guide the        implementation of the Post 2015 development agenda”.  The Group        also wanted a reaffirmation of the Istanbul Programme of Action.
The Group further wanted a substantive increase in LDC’s        share in ODA and strengthening of their voice and representation        in institutions of global governance.
The LDCs reiterated their support to the SDGs and targets        adopted by the General Assembly and wanted a clear reference to        the SDGs as the backbone of the Agenda, while recognising the        nature of the elements in the SG Synthesis Report on which it        was ready to discuss more.
Mozambique on behalf of the African Group        expressed their concern with the way MOI was reflected in the        paper.  MOI should include among others trade, finance,        technology transfer and global partnership. Also, it is        important to incorporate the outcomes of the Third International        Conference on Development Financing in the Post-2015 Development        Agenda. Moreover, the Declaration should reaffirm the principle        of “common but differentiated responsibilities” as stated in the         “Future We Want” document, said the Group.
(The Third International Conference on Development Financing        will be held in Addis Ababa in July.)                   The Common African Position outlined Africa’s development        priorities grouped into six pillars, namely structural economic        transformation and inclusive growth; science technology and        innovation; people-centered development; environmental        sustainability natural resources management and disaster risk        management; peace and security; and finance and partnerships.        Mozambique highlighted that poverty eradication and sustainable        development will not be achieved as long as the questions of        peace and security are properly dealt with.
According to the African Group, the declaration should        incorporate the specific needs of different groups of countries,        namely African countries, LDCs, SIDS, LLDCs (land-locked        developing countries) and middle-income countries. It also        reiterated the carry-over of the unfinished business of the        Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the new global        development agenda, underscored poverty eradication as the        central objective of the Post 2015 agenda and called on        development partners who are yet to honor their commitments to        developing countries to deliver on the agenda.
Belize on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)        acknowledged the useful elements that had been provided and        noted the challenges ahead. On ‘what challenges we will need to        overcome to make this vision a reality’ asked by the Co-Chairs,        CARICOM said “the easy answer to this question is means of        implementation and a renewed global partnership. These are        indisputably critical to support sustainable development.        Presently we are revisiting the policy framework for financing        for development that will be an essential component of the        post-2015 development agenda”.
CARICOM stressed that apart from financing, structural and        inherent causes that affect LDCs or SIDS also need to be        addressed. It asked for an agenda that can differentiate global        responses for these particular cases and the globally agreed        outcomes of the international conferences on the countries in        special situations to form and be incorporated in the        Declaration as an integral part of the whole post-2015        development agenda.
CARICOM also highlighted the importance of global enabling        environment and climate change and called for a “strong and        rapid international response to climate change”.  The latter,        coupled with the volatility of the global economy and fiscal        constraints, increase the inherent vulnerabilities in the SIDS.        The Group stressed the need for building economic, environmental        and social resilience as well as a strong regional and        international enabling environment.
Belize said that as SIDS, our countries are inherently        vulnerable to external crises and shocks that have persistently        constrained our development. Moreover climate change, the        volatility of the global economy and our own limited fiscal        space due to high debt burdens further exacerbate these inherent        vulnerabilities. Our sustainable development will therefore        depend on building economic, environmental and social        resilience.
“At the global level this will necessitate global trade        reforms including enhanced financial and technical assistance,        the extension of trade preferences, more flexible rules of        origin and other forms of special and differential treatment; it        will require global financial system reforms to improve the flow        of finance to the Caribbean and to reduce volatility; as well        as, mechanisms for international collaboration on technology and        capacity building; new approaches to measuring development        progress; a more democratic and coherent international        development cooperation system; and improved institutions        including strengthened data and monitoring systems for        evidence-based decision making, accountability and        transparency.”
Maldives on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island          States (AOSIS) emphasized that the Declaration should        be concise, visionary and ambitions to make the message        meaningful and impactful. It expressed difficulty in using the        term “simple” and reiterated the need for the Declaration to        stress the complexity of the ambitious agenda. Regarding section        2 Maldives underlined that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals        should provide the basis for the agenda. Further, the        Declaration should articulate the political commitment to        achieve these Goals within a 15-year period.
It welcomed the recognition of the needs of countries in        special situations and noted the need to build resilience,        including to environmental shocks and degradation, and towards        building the productivity and resilience of oceans and marine        ecosystems.  On section 3, AOSIS pointed out the need to        mobilize and deliver adequate, sufficient and predictable MOI.         It stressed that the Global Partnership can only be realized        through an inclusive dialogue anchored in national ownership and        empowered through partnerships based upon mutual collaborations        and ownership, trust, alignment, harmonization, respect,        accountability and transparency.  The UN system and the        international community also need to support developing        countries, in particular the SIDS, in strengthening their        national institutions so that their national institutions can        become implementing agencies.
Tonga spoke for the Pacific Small Island Developing          States (PSIDS) emphasizing that the Declaration        should highlight that the SDG framework as the OWG on SDGs        Report “sets out the universal ambitious agenda to eradicate        poverty and achieve sustainable development while healing the        health of our planet.” The group supported the Elements Paper on        the framework that is accountable, in particular, to the needs        of countries in special situations. The Declaration must affirm        that SIDs such as the PSIDs remain a special case for        sustainable development in view of their unique and particular        vulnerabilities. It asked that the priorities of SIDS in the        S.A.M.O.A (SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action adopted in        2014) be incorporated into the Post-2015 Agenda. The group also        reiterated its support for the Goal on Climate Change and asked        that all elements of the Post-2015 development Agenda including        the Declaration integrate gender perspectives.
Egypt speaking in its national capacity said        that the Declaration “should be concise, ambitious, recognize        that poverty eradication is the overarching objective and is an        indispensable requirement for sustainable development; build on        the principals expressed in the outcome document of the Rio+20        particularly the Principle of Common but Differentiated        Responsibilities CBDR”. It also said that the report of the Open        Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals “will be the main        basis for integrating sustainable development goals in the        agenda.”
Egypt suggested that the Declaration should recognise “the        importance of providing the necessary MOI for the implementation        of the Agenda, noting that achieving the transformative and        ambitious agenda requires increasing ODA commitments to 1% of        GNI”.  It specifically mentioned issues related to sustained        consumption and production, commitments on terrorism, and the        rights of people living under occupation to self-determination.
Brazil provided specific critique of the        Elements Paper and suggested that, “consensus will be easier if        we stay the course and avoid changing language and concepts that        are the building blocks of our road towards a successful and        transformational outcome for the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
It said that the Elements Paper does not reflect the        fundamental goals, established by our heads of states and        governments in Rio, of poverty eradication, changing sustainable        consumption and production patterns with developed countries        taking the lead, and promoting the sustainable management of the        natural resource base of economic and social development. Brazil        said that, “as decided by the General Assembly, the Open Working        Group report shall be the main basis for mainstreaming the SDGs        into the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Brazil insists that all        documents for the September summit preserve the priorities,        political balance, and conceptual formulations of Rio+20 and the        OWG Report”.
On the SG Synthesis Report Brazil said that “the six elements         … are an interesting concept we could constructively try to work        with, to the extent that they do not change or reinterpret the        OWG agreed outcome”. In particular Brazil suggested a set of not        six but four elements, a smaller set of four, such as “people”,        “prosperity”, “planet” and “partnership”.
It suggested that there must be commitment to conclude the         “unfinished business of the MDGs, carrying over for this purpose        the sum total of ODA unmet by donors, in addition to new and        additional resources”.
Brazil pointed out that “Developed countries, in particular,        will need to reflect the universal nature of goals and more        ambitious commitments in their national planning, engaging        governmental actors and other relevant stakeholders beyond their        international aid structures and official cooperation agencies.        The political declaration should acknowledge that this        transition is crucial to the success of the new agenda, and call        for the support of civil society, parliamentarians, and the        private sector in this regard.”
It highlighted the importance of civil society consultations        and inputs into this process. It added that the “How we will do        this” section “does not refer to international public        cooperation, official development assistance or south-south        cooperation. These are clear expressions of commitments at the        intergovernmental level that cannot be replaced by abstract        references to “enabling environment” and “multistakeholder        partnerships”. In fact, undue emphasis on partnerships minimizes        the primary responsibility of States, while overplaying the role        of the private sector. We have to do just the opposite.”
Brazil underscored how the SDGs represent a paradigm shift        for the UN Development System, mainstreaming the concept of        sustainable development and making it universal and applicable        to all, while taking into account the different capacities and        responsibilities of countries, in accordance with the principle        of CBDR. The political declaration also cannot shy away from a        renewed commitment of leaders to promote more legitimate and        representative institutions of global governance, capable of        responding better to the increased complexities of today’s        interdependent world.
India said that, “the very first principle        for the crafting of the Declaration is the need to fully respect        agreed principles and notions that have been endorsed by member        states in recent years and months”. India categorically stated        that it saw no reason for the Rio+20 consensus outcome to be        re-negotiated.
“Of the Rio principles, of particular importance is the        principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, which        is rooted in a vision of our shared and common responsibilities,        while calling for differentiation in action. Speaks as it does        of equity in international relations, the principle of        differentiation is not only not in contradiction to the notion        of universality, but in fact complementary to it”, India pointed        out.
India said the Chapeau of the SDGs “contains important        understandings and guidance- for example on the global and        aspirational nature of the agenda, the holistic and indivisible        nature of the SDGs and the need for respecting national        circumstances. There is merit therefore in including it fully in        the Declaration.” It also asked that rather than selective        mention of today’s challenges in the Elements Paper, “global        consensus on the common challenges confronting the world is        encapsulated in the SDGs themselves” and should be retained.         “The holistic and comprehensive canvass of the SDGs is the        collective vision to which all of us now need to work on for the        next 15 years. This must be a core message of the Declaration,”         according to India.
The six elements suggested in the SG Report need more        discussion, India argued, and supported Brazil’s proposal of 4        (mentioned above).
China said that, “the Declaration should be        based mainly on the ‘Rio+20’ Outcome Document and the preambular        paragraphs of the Report of SDGs, elaborate on the significance        of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. It added that, “the        Declaration should reiterate the purpose and principles of the        Charter of the United Nations, ‘Rio Principles’ and other        important principles of international development cooperation,        particularly those guiding principles such as respecting        diversity of development models, “common but differentiated        responsibilities” while “the agenda should be flexible enough to        take into consideration differences in national circumstances,        capacities and stages of development while respecting their        development policies and priorities”.
It further said that, “the six elements proposed by the        synthesis report of the SG are lack of consensus among member        states, and deserve further discussion. The Declaration should        reflect the international consensus on development issue, and        avoid any deviation from the theme of development by inclusion        of too many irrelevant issues.” It also added that the        Declaration should reflect the international community’s        political will on creating a fair, open and orderly        international economic environment.
The Declaration should enhance global partnership for        development and its means of implementation, China underlined.         “The international community should strengthen more fair and        balanced global partnership for development, with        inter-governmental North-South cooperation serving as the main        channel. South-South cooperation and Private Sectors are        complementary. Developed countries should honor on their ODA        commitments, and establish and improve mechanisms for technology        transfer to support capacity building for developing countries”         China said.
The European Union argued that the elements        paper still singles out Rio Principle 7 on CBDR, which was        designed in the context of global environmental degradation, and        as such cannot apply to the entire agenda. In addition, the        world has changed dramatically over the last decades, including        our respective capabilities to address global challenges. The        post-2015 development agenda needs to respond to these evolving        dynamics, in light of different national circumstances. The EU        reiterated the importance of building peaceful and inclusive        societies, strengthening institutions, promoting the rule of law        and good governance.
The EU also spoke of issues in which there are still        difficulties. It noted that the new Global Partnership must        mobilize all actors and resources, at all levels. It must be        clear that the agreement in Addis (on financing for development)        would then be integrated into the September outcome and result        in one single framework, it said.
The United Kingdom aligned with the EU        statement and also noted that the Declaration needs to explain,        in a clear and simple way, what the post-2015 agenda is actually        about. “In this regard, something like the Secretary-General’s        six essential elements would be helpful to convey the key themes        of our collective commitment and ambition, whilst preserving the        balance of the OWG agenda, including our commitment to justice        and peaceful societies”.  The UK also mentioned human rights,        and that rule of law, peace and security, strong and accountable        institutions, dignity, equality, empowerment and democratic        governance are universal values to which we all adhere.
It states its commitment to a new global partnership that        harnesses the dynamism and expertise of all sustainable        development actors, including the private sector and civil        society. The UK clearly repeated its view on CBDR, that “whilst        we fully recognise and respect that countries have differing        national circumstances, we believe the principle of CBDR has a        specific meaning in the context of environmental degradation and        does not apply as a holistic principle to the post-2015        development agenda.”
Germany echoing the EU position, noted that        CBDR as set out in Rio Principle 7 in 1992 cannot apply as an        overarching principle to a holistic agenda. Rio Principle 7 has        a clear limitation to environmental degradation. Germany also        stressed on the need for an effective communication tool as        suggested by the SG in his synthesis report.
On MOI, Germany said that a “new global partnership for        sustainable development is not only about MOI but an overarching        concept based on the guiding principles of universality, shared        responsibility, mutual accountability, consideration of        respective capabilities, and the adoption of a multi-stakeholder        approach – principles valid for the entire agenda”.
Japan underlined that the paragraph on the        principles and values should only refer to those that have        universal and overarching nature. It suggested the adoption of        the six elements as suggested in the SG’s Synthesis Report.        Cherry picking part of them, re-organizing or reshuffling them        would undermine the integral nature of SDGs and would lead to a        reopening of the controversial issues, it said.  Japan welcomed        paragraph 9 which strikes the good balance between the        universality of the agenda and the differences in capacities to        cope with the challenges according to country. “Our life would        have been much, much easier, if CBDR meant this, which is not        the case,” Japan said.  It welcomed the reference on the        multi-stakeholder global partnership in paragraphs 12 and 15.+

 

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Post-2015: Elements paper on the Declaration available / Draft Programme of Work for the February 17-20 session

Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 9, 2015
Subject: Post-2015: Elements paper on the Declaration available / Draft Programme of Work for the Feburary 17-20 session
To: “info@un-ngls.org” <info@un-ngls.org>

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the letter from the co-facilitators transmitting the programme of work for the 17-20 February intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, as well as a draft elements paper to stimulate the discussion on the declaration component of the post-2015 development agenda:http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/02/060215_intergovernmental-negotiations.pdf

DESA DSD and NGLS have created a google doc where major groups and other stakeholders can provide their comments and views on the draft elements paper for the declaration. The submissions will be summarized by the February Stakeholder Steering Committee for presentation at the February negotiating session. The google doc can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/p2015_Declaration_Feedback

According to the programme of work that has been released, there will be an interactive dialogue with major groups and other stakeholders on Thursday, 19 February, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The speakers for this interactive dialogue will be selected by the February Stakeholder Steering Committee following the open call for nominations (now closed). Speakers will be notified as soon as the selection has been completed. A draft agenda for the interactive dialogue will be made available towards the end of the week.

Also, we would like to inform you that room 2726 (located on the 27th floor of the Secretariat building) has been reserved for daily caucus meetings of major groups and other stakeholders. The room is available next week on Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kind regards, 

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Post-2015: Draft PoW for the February session and elements paper on the Declaration available

UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP — FYI — Intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) on the declaration, 17-20 February 2015
 Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Subject: Post-2015: Draft PoW for the Feburary session and elements paper on the Declaration available To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org> Cc: Anjali Rangaswami <rangaswami@un.org>, Natalie Lavan <lavan@un.org>
Dear Colleagues,
We would like to draw your attention to the letter from the co-facilitators transmitting the programme of work for the 17-20 February intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, as well as a draft elements paper to stimulate the discussion on the declaration component of the post-2015 development agenda: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/02/060215_intergovernmental-negotiations.pdf
DESA DSD and NGLS have created a google doc where major groups and other stakeholders can provide their comments and views on the draft elements paper for the declaration.
The submissions will be summarized by the February Stakeholder Steering Committee for presentation at the February negotiating session. The google doc can be accessed at:https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups
According to the programme of work that has been released, there will be an interactive dialogue with major groups and other stakeholders on Thursday, 19 February, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
The speakers for this interactive dialogue will be selected by the February Stakeholder Steering Committee following the open call for nominations (now closed). Speakers will be notified as soon as the selection has been completed.
A draft agenda for the interactive dialogue will be made available towards the end of the week.
Also, we would like to inform you that room 2726 (located on the 27th floor of the Secretariat building) has been reserved for daily caucus meetings of major groups and other stakeholders. The room is available next week on Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kind regards, Lotta
   
Lotta Tahtinen  Major Groups Programme Coordinator Division for Sustainable Development/DESA United Nations, S-2619 E-mail: tahtinen@un.org Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212
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