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Drs. Ruud Lubbers promotes the Earth Charter

Our Moving Borders

Our Moving Borders

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/27800473

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 Drs Ruud Lubbers, Former Prime Minister Of The Netherlands & Ms. Helene H. Oord

Drs. Ruud Lubbers, Former Prime Minister Of the Netherlands with Ms. Hélène H. Oord

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2016 HLPF: Registration now open (deadline 10 June)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 22, 2016
Subject: 2016 HLPF: Registration now open (deadline 10 June)
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Highlevel Sust logo 2016 HLPF: Registration for Major Groups and other Stakeholders now open
 
Dear All,

We are pleased to let you know that registration for major groups and other stakeholders to participate in the upcoming 2016 session of the HLPF, to be held from 11-20 July in New York, is now open on the CSO net at:

 http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=27603&type=8&section=8.

Those interested in attending the session are invited to register by the deadline (10 June 2016).

The 2016 session of the HLPF will address the theme “Ensuring that no one is left behind”. It will feature voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the SDGs, including cross-cutting issues. The session will also include a range of other events, including side events, a Partnership Exchange event, and SDGs learning, training and practice sessions. For more information on the 2016 HLPF, including on how to participate in the Partnership Exchange, submit an application to host a side event, or a SDGs learning, training and practice sessionplease visit:

 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf.

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SD in Action: Participate in the 2016 Partnership Exchange at HLPF – 18 July, New York

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Participate in the 2016 Partnership Exchange on 18 July 2016, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Wish to showcase how your multi-stakeholder partnership initiative is advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda?

Show your interest by filling out the following form: https://goo.gl/q2YF6f

The Partnership Exchange is organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), is scheduled to be held on 18 July 2016, Conference Room 1, UNHQ, on the occasion of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The event will serve as a forum to enhance the global partnership for sustainable development and will be open to all participants of the High-level Political Forum.

Partnerships for SDGs online platform

The Partnerships for SDGs online platform was launched as a beta/draft version in the lead-up to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. A new version of the online platform is now available. New features includes a way for focal points to report on progress of their partnerships to inform the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on how they are advancing of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, advanced search features, networking forum capabilities, national pages to showcase partnerships and other voluntary initiatives operating in countries that are part of the HLPF voluntary national reviews, and ways to stay better connected and engaged with multi-stakeholder partnerships available in the platform.

Visit the Partnerships for SDGs online platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Date: Tue, Jun 7, 2016
Subject: 2030 SD Agenda: Letter from the co-facilitators (Belize and Denmark) circulating final draft resolution
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

The co-facilitators of the General Assembly process on the 2030 Agenda follow-up at the global level (Belize and Denmark) have circulated a letter and a final draft resolution which is under silence procedure until tomorrow, 8 June, noon (NY time). The documents are available at: http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/2030-Agenda-Follow-up-and-review-7-June-2016.pdf

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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Preparatory multi stakeholder meetings on the way to UNEA-2

Dear Colleagues,

In view of the upcoming UNEA-2 ( 23-27 May 2016, Nairobi, Kenya), a briefing and multi-stakeholder dialogue on preparations for UNEA-2 for Geneva-based Permanent Missions, Inter-governmental organizations and civil society was organized by the Geneva Environment Network, UNEP Regional Office for Europe and the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). The event took place on Monday 4 April 2016, at the International Environment House II.
The wide participation of all stakeholders in UNEA-2 is an utmost priority for UNEP and the success of UNEA-2. It is crucial for effective agenda-setting to include the voices of the world’s environmental and sustainable development advocates on the ground in high-level decision-making.

Please find the outcomes and proceedings attached for your information:

http://www.unep.org/civil-society/Portals/24105/documents/RCMs/2016/Outcomes%204%20April.pdf

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Kind Regards,

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Tue, May 10, 2016
Subject: 2030 SD agenda: zero draft and letter from co-facilitators
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>Dear All,

Please find attached, for your information as well please, a letter from the co-facilitators of the General Assembly informal consultations on the 2030 agenda follow-up (Belize and Denmark) and a zero draft resolution. The documents can also be accessed at: http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/6-May_2030-Agenda-Follow-up-and-review-6-May-2016.pdf

As indicated in the letter, a first reading of this zero draft will be held on Thursday, 12 May, at 3 p.m. in the ECOSOC Chamber.
Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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Final version of NGO MG position paper for HLPF 2016

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

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Please find the NGO MG position paper for HLPF 2016 on the theme “ensuring that no one is left behind” with endorsements here. If your endorsement is not listed at the bottom of the document, or if your organization wishes to endorse the position paper, please email me as soon as possible at jeffery.huffines@civicus.org orjvhuffines@gmail.com.


Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​

CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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Invitation: 15 June 2016; UNSC [Security Council] 2020 & 2050

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

From: WFM Events <events@wfm-igp.org>
Date: Tue, Jun 7, 2016
Subject: Invitation: 15 June 2016; UNSC 2020 & 2050
To: Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com>
Cc: William Pace <pace@wfm-igp.org>, Lesley Hsu <hsu@coalitionfortheicc.org>

INVITATION

Lunch Seminar/Conference: UNSC 2020 & 2050 – Reforming the UN Security Council

When: 15 June 2016, 13:00 – 16:30

Where: 777 United Nations Plaza (Church Center of the United Nations, Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street), New York City

70 years after its creation, the UN Security Council is still plagued by structural and procedural failures.  There has been greater authorization of peace operations, peacekeeping, and peace architecture in the last twenty years, yet there is wide recognition that the UN, Security Council and the international community are fundamentally failing in maintaining international peace and security. From Rwanda to Syria, from Eastern Europe to Asia, the UN Security Council is failing to protect millions of innocent civilians and refugees.

There is a widespread agreement that the Security Council must reform – but how? This half-day conference will bring together key experts for an interactive dialogue on the subjects. The ambassadors, former ministers, NGOs and academic UN specialists will include:

  • H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser – leader of the ACT initiative on the Code of Conduct regarding Security Council actions against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the UN.
  • H.E. Ms. Raimonda Murmokaitė - President of the United Nations Security Council for February 2014 and May 2015; Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN.
  • H.E. Prof. Ibrahim Gambari - Co-Chair, Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance; former Foreign Minister of Nigeria; former Head of the UN and AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
  • Prof. Thomas Weiss - Author: Governing the World? Addressing “Problems without Passports; Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY.
  • Prof. William Durch - Research Director, Commission on Global Security, Justice, and Governance; Director, Future of Peace Operations Program, Stimson Center.
  • Ms. Nicole Fritz - African Futures and Innovation Program, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Pretoria, South Africa; Founding Executive Director, Southern African Litigation Centre.
  • Prof. Joseph Schwartzberg – Author: Transforming the United Nations System. Director, Workable World Trust.
  • Mr. William R. Pace - Executive Director, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP); Convenor, Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC).

This discussion will not dwell on positions within the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on Security Council Reform.  Indeed the sponsors are striving for innovative, but achievable, views for the next five years and for the long-term. They aim for a discussion that considers not only what reforms are needed, but how these can be advanced.

For example, the Security Council and General Assembly have adopted important resolutions in the last month, calling for specific steps to be taken during the next four years to implement the recommendations of the reports on peace operations; peacebuilding; and women, peace, and security.  Concrete integration of these mandates for prevention and sustainable peace must be achieved, also within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We are separating our Security Council reform meeting into two segments:

The first segment will address the subject of the UN Security Council 2016-2020.  The General Assembly and Council resolutions call for reviews and steps in the 71st-74th GA sessions, leading to the 75th anniversary and summits in 2020.  And what should the crucial five years of negotiations leading to September 2020 look like?   We will consider the reviews, Security Council expansion, and working methods of the Security Council.

The second part of the meeting will look further into the 21st century, to the UN Security Council at 2050, and ask what kind of Security Council and UN mandate should exist at that time. The discussion will focus on strategies, opportunities and risks in closing the gap between the Security Council we have and the Security Council the world needs, while avoiding that the 21st century repeat the 20th century -  the most violent and war-ridden in history.

The meeting will take place on 15 June 2016, from 13:00-16:30, at the Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, on the corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street.

The event is co-organized by the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, the Workable World Trust and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

A light lunch will be served.

As seating is limited, please RSVP at your earliest convenience to events@wfm-igp.org .

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Interactive Dialogues with Candidates for Next PGA – Friday 10 June, 10am to 1pm

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

WFUNA Interactive Dialogues 

With PGA Candidates

Friday, 10 June, 2016

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

UNHQ, New York, Conference Room 12

This Friday, 10 June, WFUNA will host Interactive Dialogues for Member States and civil society with the two candidates for the next President of the General Assembly (PGA):

10:00 am – H.E. Mr. Andreas Mavroyiannis, nominated by the Government of Cyprus

  • 11:30 am – H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, nominated by the Government of Fiji

The PGA election is scheduled for Monday, 13 June, so this will be the last opportunity for stakeholders to interact with the candidates before the vote. The dialogues will take place consecutively, moderated by WFUNA’s Secretary-General, Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi. After opening statements from each candidate, the floor will be opened for questions.

Space for this event is limited - please RSVP to PGA@wfuna.org 

If you would like to ask a question to either candidate about an issue within the mandate of the office of the PGA, please submit your question in advance toPGA@wfuna.org.

Note: a UN Grounds Pass is required to attend in person. For those who cannot be in New York, the event will be webcast live at webtv.un.org. Follow along online: #PGA71

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Habitat Bulletin – Habitat III Informal Hearings with Stakeholders – Final Summary

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1st Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs – Briefing Note

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SD in Action

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SD in Action Newsletter - May 2016

  • Inaugural Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
  • Five blog posts on HLPF theme ‘Ensuring that no one is left behind’ published to date
  • Register for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
  • Call for applications for the 2016 UN-DESA Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development
  • UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 held in 2017
  • Click here for full newsletter

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2016 HLPF: Programme for the 2016 session available online

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2016
Subject: 2016 HLPF: Programme for the 2016 session available online
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

We are pleased to let you know that the programme for the 2016 HLPF session, to be held from 11-20 July in New York, is now available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org



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Nomination of NGO MG Regional & Global Organizing Partners for Election (2016-2019)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
All members of the NGO Major Group are invited to apply to serve a three year term (2016-2019) as a Regional or Global Organizing Partner of the NGO Major Group (NGO MG) to UN-DESA for the HLPF by filling out the following nomination form in MonkeySurvey found here. For more information about the role and responsibilities of OPs, the NGO MG TOR may be found here. The deadline for nominations is Monday, 20 June 2016. 
Par 29 of the NGO MG TOR states: All members of the NGO Major Group are eligible to be nominated by their organizations for the positions of global and regional Organizing Partners and Thematic Cluster Coordinators…
A major innovation of the NGO MG TOR approved in Feb 2016 is the establishment of a Facilitation Committee that shall be comprised of global OPs, regional OPs, and Thematic Cluster Coordinators, as follows (see par 12):
  • Up to 3 Global OPs (North/South/East/West, gender and “issue” balance)
  • Up to 9 regional OPs from among the regions to ensure geographical balance and that reflects the jurisdiction of the UN Regional Commissions. The regions are (1) Africa, (2) Asia, (3) MENA, (4) Europe, (5) Central Asia, (6) Latin America, (7) North America, (8) Pacific, (9) Caribbean.
  • Up to 5 Thematic Cluster Coordinators shall represent the views of all thematic clusters recognized by the Facilitation Committee duly constituted by the NGO Major Group. (The nomination of Thematic Cluster Coordinators will be handled separately.)
Par 31 of the NGO MG TOR states: The Facilitation Committee shall: Approve 1 global OP, 2 regional OPs and up to 4 other members of the NGO Major Group to be on the Nomination Committee, including its chair.
Par 33 states: No member of the Nomination Committee may seek a place on the ballot.
Par 34 states: The Nomination Committee shall be responsible for producing a slate of candidates for staggered elections of global and regional OPs on an annual basis. When composing the slate, adequate attention should be paid to geographic balance, gender balance and thematic balance: social, environmental and economic dimensions.Since the Facilitation Committee is not yet in place, the current NGO MG OPs have appointed the Nomination Committee as follows:

  1. Global OP & Chair: Philipp Schonrock, CEPEI (Colombia)
  2. AP-RCEM: Sunita Kotnala, Sathi All for Partnerships, India (based in Australia)
  3. Africa Working Group on SDGs: Oyebesi Babatunde, National NGO Association of Nigeria
  4. UN-NY: Bette Levy, Soroptimist International
  5. UN-NY: Aaron Etra, UNA-USA
  6. Caribbean: Rodney Grant, Barbados Association of  Non-Governmental Organizations (BANGO)
  7. Europe: Jan-Gustav Strandanaes, Stakeholder Forum-Norway

Given the transition period that we are still in, the Nomination Committee has modified the proposed work plan outlined in the NGO MG TOR (par 35) as follows.

  • 9 June – 20 June: Receive nominations through MonkeySurvey nomination form.
  • 20 June – 1 July: Review nominations, conduct interviews, choose candidates and prepare ballot.
  • 6 July: Send to NGO MG membership “the ballot with information on election procedures including names of candidates and their resumes and deadline date of the Annual Meeting to all members of the NGO Major Group.” [par 35(g)]
  • Announce results of election at Annual Meeting on Saturday, 16 July 2016.

Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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SAVE DATE: NGO MG MTG ON HLPF PREPARATIONS: WED 15 JUNE 9:30 AM NY (GMT-04:00)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — SAVE THE DATE
At last Wednesday’s meeting, we agreed to host regular meetings of the NGO MG in preparation for the HLPF. Our next membership meeting will take place on Wednesday, 15 June, 9:30 am – 11:00 am NY time, S-26mm1. The webex link is below. A detailed agenda and minutes of our last meeting will follow shortly. Please RSVP here.

From: Isabela Cunha <cunhai@un.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 8, 2016
Subject: Re: Schedule next webex meeting of NGO MG
To: jvhuffines@gmail.com
Cc: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Hi Jeff,

we have again booked S-26MM1

Best wishes,

Isabela

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REMINDER: UN Reform CSO planning meeting 14 June 1:30-3PM

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS BASED IN NYC — ALL ARE WELCOME

From: Global Policy Forum <gpf@globalpolicy.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2016
Subject: REMINDER: UN Reform CSO planning meeting 14 June 1:30-3PM
To: Barbara Adams <barbaraadams@globalpolicy.org>
Cc: Sarah Dayringer <sarahdayringer@globalpolicy.org>

Dear Friends,

Member States met last Friday and considered ITA proposals and options for Governance and Organizational Arrangements for the UN development system. Today, in the ECOSOC Chamber, theIndependent Team of Advisors (ITA) will present their paper “Interlinkages in the UN development system,” followed by an interactive discussion.

These and other updates will be included in the planning meeting for Civil Society tomorrow ​14 June 2016, from 1:30-3:00PM.

The meeting will be held on 25th floor of the UN Secretariat building in room S25-MM2 and is timed in anticipation of the ECOSOC informal session for CSOs on Thursday, 16 June.

Again the aim of the meeting is:

 
  • to update CSOs on where the intergovernmental process is at along its road map;
  • discuss questions, comments or critiques on the recommendations laid out in the ITA papers, in particular the latest paper on interlinkages; and
  • prepare for what is next in the intergovernmental process on UN reform, primarily the Informal Civil Society Consultation on Thursday, 16 June 2016.

Attached you will find a background note sketching the process to date. 

Please feel free to contact Sarah Dayringer at sarahdayringer@globalpolicy.org if you have any questions.

See you there,

Sarah Dayringer

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Nomination of NGO MG Regional & Global Organizing Partners for Election (2016-2019)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
Given the fact that only 5 applications have been received so far, the Nomination Committee has decided to extend the deadline for nominations for another week until Friday, 24 June 2016. We urge all qualified NGO candidates to consider applying to serve as a regional or global organizing partner. The link to the nomination form may be found below. 
From: Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2016
Subject: Nomination of NGO MG Regional & Global Organizing Partners for Election (2016-2019)
To: rioplus20@lists.eeb.orgcsoinfosharing@googlegroups.comngo-mg-unga-2012@googlegroups.com, HLPF Working Group <hlpf-working-group@googlegroups.com>
TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
All members of the NGO Major Group are invited to apply to serve a three year term (2016-2019) as a Regional or Global Organizing Partner of the NGO Major Group (NGO MG) to UN-DESA for the HLPF by filling out the following nomination form in MonkeySurvey found here. For more information about the role and responsibilities of OPs, the NGO MG TOR may be found here. The deadline for nominations is Monday, 20 June 2016. 
Par 29 of the NGO MG TOR states: All members of the NGO Major Group are eligible to be nominated by their organizations for the positions of global and regional Organizing Partners and Thematic Cluster Coordinators…
A major innovation of the NGO MG TOR approved in Feb 2016 is the establishment of a Facilitation Committee that shall be comprised of global OPs, regional OPs, and Thematic Cluster Coordinators, as follows (see par 12):

  • Up to 3 Global OPs (North/South/East/West, gender and “issue” balance)
  • Up to 9 regional OPs from among the regions to ensure geographical balance and that reflects the jurisdiction of the UN Regional Commissions. The regions are (1) Africa, (2) Asia, (3) MENA, (4) Europe, (5) Central Asia, (6) Latin America, (7) North America, (8) Pacific, (9) Caribbean.
  • Up to 5 Thematic Cluster Coordinators shall represent the views of all thematic clusters recognized by the Facilitation Committee duly constituted by the NGO Major Group. (The nomination of Thematic Cluster Coordinators will be handled separately.)
Par 31 of the NGO MG TOR states: The Facilitation Committee shall: Approve 1 global OP, 2 regional OPs and up to 4 other members of the NGO Major Group to be on the Nomination Committee, including its chair.
Par 33 states: No member of the Nomination Committee may seek a place on the ballot.
Par 34 states: The Nomination Committee shall be responsible for producing a slate of candidates for staggered elections of global and regional OPs on an annual basis. When composing the slate, adequate attention should be paid to geographic balance, gender balance and thematic balance: social, environmental and economic dimensions.Since the Facilitation Committee is not yet in place, the current NGO MG OPs have appointed the Nomination Committee as follows:

  1. Global OP & Chair: Philipp Schonrock, CEPEI (Colombia)
  2. AP-RCEM: Sunita Kotnala, Sathi All for Partnerships, India (based in Australia)
  3. Africa Working Group on SDGs: Oyebesi Babatunde, National NGO Association of Nigeria
  4. UN-NY: Bette Levy, Soroptimist International
  5. UN-NY: Aaron Etra, UNA-USA
  6. Caribbean: Rodney Grant, Barbados Association of  Non-Governmental Organizations (BANGO)
  7. Europe: Jan-Gustav Strandanaes, Stakeholder Forum-Norway

Given the transition period that we are still in, the Nomination Committee has modified the proposed work plan outlined in the NGO MG TOR (par 35) as follows.

  • 9 June – 20 June: Receive nominations through MonkeySurvey nomination form.
  • 20 June – 1 July: Review nominations, conduct interviews, choose candidates and prepare ballot.
  • 6 July: Send to NGO MG membership “the ballot with information on election procedures including names of candidates and their resumes and deadline date of the Annual Meeting to all members of the NGO Major Group.” [par 35(g)]
  • Announce results of election at Annual Meeting on Saturday, 16 July 2016.

Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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SAVE DATE: NGO MG MTG THURS 23 JUNE 9:30 am – 11 am (GMT-04:00)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI 

  • We have been holding regular meetings of the NGO Major Group to prepare for the HLPF 2016. The notes of our last meeting may be found here.
  • The next meeting will take place on Thursday, 23 June, 9:30 am – 11:00 am NY/ET, UN Secretariat, S-26MM2. The webex information is below. Please RSVP here.
  • Please find attached a paper by Lanre Rotimi of International Society for Poverty Elimination on priorities and direction moving forward NGO MG’s contribution towards achieving 2030 Agenda.

​WEBEX LINK

Hello,
DESA WebEx invites you to join this WebEx meeting.

NGOMajorGroupMinutes2016-2

Jeffery Huffines

When it’s time, join the meeting.
NGO MG meeting
Thursday, June 23, 2016
9:30 am  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr 30 mins
Meeting number: 795 074 605
Meeting password: Meet1234
​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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[Together2030] REMINDER: Webinar “Delivering on the Promise: How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs” on June 30

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

From: Marggie Simo <marggie.simo@together2030.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Subject: [Together2030] REMINDER: Webinar “Delivering on the Promise: How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs” on June 30.
To: together-2030@googlegroups.com

Dear members of

Together 2030

 
​ You are kindly invited to join the Webinar “Delivering on the Promise: How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs”  hosted by World Vision and the Partnership Initiative in association with Together 2030 and Business Fights Poverty.
The webinar will take place on June 30 and will count with the interventions of David Nabarro, Special Advisor to the UNSG on the Agenda 2030, Jane Nelson, Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative; Trihadi Saptoadi from World Vision International; andDarian Stibbe from The Partnering Initiative.
The webinar marks the global launch of a major new policy paper by World Vision and The Partnering Initiative: “Delivering on the Promise: In-country multi-stakeholder platforms to catalyse collaboration and partnerships for Agenda 2030”
You can see full details of the webinar in the invitation attached and also find the link to download the policy paper.
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Estimados miembros de Juntos 2030
 
Le invitamos cordialmente a participar del Webinar  ”Delivering on the Promise: How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs”  organizado por Vision Mundial y Partnership Initiative en colaboracion con Juntos 2030 y Business Fights Poverty.
El Webinar se llevara a cabo el dia 30 de junio y contara con las intervenciones de David Nabarro, Asesor Especial del UNSG en la Agenda 2030; Jane Nelson, Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative; Trihadi Saptoadi de Vision Mundial y Darian Stibbe de The Partnering Initiative.
El seminario marca el lanzamiento mundial de una importante nueva política formulada por Visión Mundial y The Partnership Initaitve: “Delivering on the Promise: How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs”
Puede encontrar mas detalles en la invitation adjunta asi como tambien el enlace para descargar el documento de politica.
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Chers membres de  Ensemble 2030

Vous êtes cordialement invités à se joindre à l

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Delivering on the Promise: How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs” organisé par Vision

​M​ondiale et ​The Partnership Iniative en association avec 

​Ensemble 2030

 et Business Fights Poverty. Le webinaire aura lieu le 30 Juin et comptera

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les interventions de David Nabarro, conseiller spécial du SGNU sur l’Agenda 2030, Jane Nelson, Harvard Kennedy School Responsabilité sociale Initiative; Trihadi Saptoadi de

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Vision Mondiale; et Darian Stibbe de​ The Partnership Initiative.

Le webinaire  marque le lancement d’un important papier nouvelle politique par Vision Mondiale et The Partnership Initiative​:”Delivering on the Promise: How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs”.

Vous pouvez trouver tous les détails du webinaire dans l’invitation ci-jointe ​e trouver le lien pour charger le document de politique​

​​Best regards, Saludos Cordiales, Salutations​

Delivering on the Promise:
How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs? 

http://thepartneringinitiative.org/news-and-views/events/delivering-on-the-promise-webinar/

 On 1 January 2016, the clock started ticking on the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs represent a fundamental shift in approach, naming all societal sectors as key development actors, and requiring a hitherto unprecedented level of cooperation and collaboration among civil society, business, government, NGOs, foundations and others. 
 
This is a heavy demand to place. Collaboration across sectors is challenging. To scale up and mainstream will require a targeted, systematic effort and a range of new approaches. The webinar convenes a panel of four leaders in the field, with perspectives from the UN, business, and NGOs, to discuss the critical question: ‘How do we scale up collaboration for the SDGs?’.
 
 
· 
David Nabarro, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Agenda 2030 
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Jane Nelson, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative 
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Trihadi Saptoadi, Global Lead, Impact and Engagement, World Vision International 
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Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative 
 
The webinar marks the global launch of a major new policy paper by World Vision and The Partnering Initiative: “
Delivering on the Promise: In-country multi-stakeholder platforms to catalyse collaboration and partnerships for Agenda 2030 
 
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REGISTER NOW

Marggie Simo

Advocacy Coordinator- International Secretariat

Together 2030

Email: marggie.simo@together2030.org

Skype: simowvi (New York, USA)

Website: www.together2030.org

Twitter: @Together_2030

Visit our blog: https://together2030.wordpress.com/

Join Together 2030: http://goo.gl/forms/VmY9K1Gxpf

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[Deadline - 7 July] Registration to pre-HLPF meeting on 10 July

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS –
From: Isabela Cunha <cunhai@un.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Subject: [Deadline - 7 July] Registration to pre-HLPF meeting on 10 July
To: HLPF Working Group <hlpf-working-group@googlegroups.com>Dear all,We are very pleased to share the registration form for the MGoS pre-HLPF meeting, which will take place on 10 July 9am-3pm. The full-day preparatory meeting will promote understanding of the first HLPF after the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, including the opportunities and procedures for the following 8 days. Additionally, it will be a good moment for MGoS to network, get to know other players engaged, share first experiences in the implementation efforts, as well as for identifying common ground and different perspectives.It will also be an opportunity to attain visibility of the important and well prepared contribution of MGoS throughout the HLPF, consolidating the role of MGoS Coordination Mechanism as a solid structure for the continued engagement and input of MGoS.  A brief summary report of the meeting will be prepared and circulated to MGoS, relevant authorities and included in the media concerned of MGoS.Registration form (deadline 7 July COB US EDT): http://goo.gl/forms/qSGEeBqiFrpUbpAl2 Concept note: http://bit.ly/29626wWPlease make sure to circulate among your networks and colleagues attending the HLPF. Space capacity is limited and only those pre-registered will be able to attend the meeting.Isabela Cunha | Stakeholder Engagement Programme 
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
 
United Nations | Room S-2670 

Email: cunhai@un.org | Ext: 147723
sustainabledevelopment.un.org 
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Jeffery Huffines

​​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA
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logo 2030 Sust Dev GoalsFrom: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Tue, May 10, 2016
Subject: 2030 SD agenda: zero draft and letter from co-facilitators
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

Please find attached, for your information as well please, a letter from the co-facilitators of the General Assembly informal consultations on the 2030 agenda follow-up (Belize and Denmark) and a zero draft resolution. The documents can also be accessed at: http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/6-May_2030-Agenda-Follow-up-and-review-6-May-2016.pdf

As indicated in the letter, a first reading of this zero draft will be held on Thursday, 12 May, at 3 p.m. in the ECOSOC Chamber.
Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS 
From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Tue, May 10, 2016
Subject: 2030 SD agenda: zero draft and letter from co-facilitators
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

Please find attached, for your information as well please, a letter from the co-facilitators of the General Assembly informal consultations on the 2030 agenda follow-up (Belize and Denmark) and a zero draft resolution. The documents can also be accessed at: http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/6-May_2030-Agenda-Follow-up-and-review-6-May-2016.pdf

As indicated in the letter, a first reading of this zero draft will be held on Thursday, 12 May, at 3 p.m. in the ECOSOC Chamber.
Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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1 for 7 Billion Update: Submit Your Questions to SG Candidates by May 25!

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI 
From: Alexandra Maresca <maresca@wfm-igp.org>
Date: Thu, May 19, 2016
Subject: 1 for 7 Billion Update: Submit Your Questions to SG Candidates by May 25!
To: Alexandra Maresca <maresca@wfm-igp.org>

Dear colleagues,

Earlier today, the President of the General Assembly announced a second round of informal dialogues to be held on June 7. Featuring newly nominated candidates, these dialogues are a crucial test of the new selection process: a chance to ensure that all candidates, regardless of when they come forward, face the scrutiny of Member States and the general public.

Here are three ways to support this important initiative.

1)      Suggest a question for the candidates.  Civil society questions must be submitted by May 25. To ask a question:

·                Fill out the online form on the UN-NGLS website
·                Tweet or share a video using #UNSGcandidates
·                Record your question and share it on Instagram using #UNSGcandidates
·                Email your question to askSGcandidates@unngls.org

2)   Watch the dialogues and assess the candidates.  While the dialogues have made it possible to hear more about the candidates’ ideas, the UN has not developed any way to compare and evaluate these ideas.  We urge civil society to scrutinize the statements made by the candidates, and to make their views known.   Our new civil society analysis—which reveals where the candidates stand on civil society participation in UN processes— is one example of how NGOs can examine the candidates’ views on major topics.

3)   Spread the word on social media.  Inform your followers about this exciting opportunity through Facebook and Twitter, and follow our live tweets from the dialogues on June 7!

As always, thank you for your continued support.  With your help, we can make this year’s selection process the most transparent and inclusive in UN history.

Best regards,

Alex Maresca

Alexandra Maresca
Program Associate
International Democratic Governance
World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy
Support the 1 for 7 Billion Campaign! 1for7billion.org



Jeffery Huffines
​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
  • The final round of reviews for red flags & endorsement of the NGO MG position paper for HLPF 2016 is open until Friday, 22 April 2016. The position paper may be found here.
  • The notes of the NGO MG membership meeting/webex on 13 April 2016 may be found here. The agenda included:
    • Update on Agenda 2030 developments by Lotta Tahtinen, DESA/DSD
    • Update on Third Meeting of IAEG-SDGs (30 March -1 April) by John Romano, TAP Network (TAP position paper & IAEG-SDGs Mexico City notes attached)
    • Campaign for Inclusion of SDGs Monitoring by Lichia Yiu & Raymond Saner of CSEND, Geneva (open letter for endorsement here, discussion paper here, power point attached)
    • NGO Major Group position paper for HLPF 2016 here
    • Appointment and timeline of NGO MG Nomination Committee
    • Appointment of HLFP Working Group

Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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All are welcome to join us in person or by World We Want livestreaming service at: https://www.worldwewant2030.org/peoplesvoices

From: Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, CIVICUS, UNEP <invite@eventbrite.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2016
Subject: You’re invited to Preparing stakeholders for UNEA2 – New York Meeting (20 Apr 2016)
To: Jeff Huffines <jeffery.huffines@civicus.org

Hello, 
You are invited to the following event:

PREPARING STAKEHOLDERS FOR UNEA2 – NEW YORK MEETING 

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Event to be held at the following time, date and location:Wednesday, 20 April 2016 from 12:45 to 15:00 (EDT)Daily News Building
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This New York meeting, organised jointly by Stakeholder Forum, UNEP and CIVICUS, will provide an opportunity for major groups and other stakeholders to prepare for the second UN Environment Assembly, which will take place during 23-27 May 2016 in Nairobi.

Implementing the SDGs nationally and globally, while integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, social, economic and environment, can only be successfully carried out through involving all players of the UN: Member States, the UN system and representatives of major groups and other stakeholders.

To this end, during the event participants will become informed about how to engage successfully in processes leading up to and during UNEA2, as well as being offered the opportunity to debate the prominent themes of this year’s meeting with expert panellists, on the topics ‘Implementing the Environmental Aspect of the Sustainable Development Agenda’, ‘Environmental Partnerships’ and ‘Healthy People, Healthy Planet’.

This is the second in a series of three international events, including in Geneva and London, aimed at increasing stakeholder engagement in UNEA2. Stakeholder Forum will incorporate important points arising from the discussions into a synthesis of stakeholder views from across the three events for UNEP and the UNEA process.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance and secure a free lunch. Lunch will be served from 12.45 and speakers will commence at 13.00.

Agenda

Chaired by Eleanor Blomstrom, Programme Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Co-Organising partner for the Women’s Major Group

12:45 – A light lunch will be served with coffee and tea

13:00 – Welcome remarks by Ms. Blomstrom

13:05 – “The UN Environment Assembly, UNEA 2 – a new way to approach environment challenges – a must to successfully implement the SDGs” –  Mr. Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director of the UNEP New York Office

13:15 – “UNEA and UNEP involvement of major groups and other stakeholders in policy shaping and implementation”, by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, senior policy adviser on governance, Stakeholder Form

13:25 – “What can we bring into the debate from yesterday’s Expert Group Meeting?” – by Priscilla Achakpa Executive Director, Women Environmental Programme (Nigeria), Co-Organising Partner for the Women’s Major Group.

13:35 – “Environmental partnerships – an old idea in a new shape – how do partnerships shape up for implementing the SDGs with a focus on the environmental dimension” – Norine Kennedy, VP, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environment, US Council for International Business, Co-organising Partner for Business and Industry Major Group

13:45 – “Environment and Health – the overarching theme of UNEA2: How do environment and health issues affect us all and are universal responsibilities for all ” – by Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko, Environmental Health Clinic and  Associate Professor in Art,  Affiliated faculty in Computer Science and Affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies New York University

14:00 – Plenary discussions, Q&As, the panellists and participants will engage in discussing the issues raised during the introductions.

14:50 – Summary of the meeting and closure by J.Huffines, CIVICUS and JG.Strandenaes

15:00 – Meeting concluded

Background and follow up to the meeting:

The idea of the event is to engage the global non-governmental community in policy shaping and implementation of the SDGs in general and the environment in particular to respond to the challenge expressed by the UN Secretary General in his January 17 report this year, quoted below.

As decided by the Rio+20 Summit and specified in the Outcome Document, paragraphs 87 and 88 specify UNEP’s role and responsibility in the multilateral intergovernmental world – UNEP is designated as the pre-eminent body of the UN to deal with the environmental dimension of sustainable development.

Following the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) of Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the High Level Political Forum, organised by UNDESA and its Division for Sustainable Development on the preceding day, this meeting will pursue the environmental dimension of the SDGs and sustainable development, to see how major groups and stakeholders can contribute to policy shaping, implementation and fulfilling the 2030 agenda on sustainable development

“2015 was a momentous year for multilateralism and international policy shaping. Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September… with seventeen sustainable development goals and their accompanying targets  at its heart. The SDGs were developed by the UN Member States in a broad consultative process that included unprecedented engagement with civil society.”

These are extracts from the Secretary General’s report to the General Assembly, of January 19 this year. Implementing the SDGs while integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, social, economic and environment can only be successfully carried out through involving all players of the UN: Member States, the UN system and representatives of major groups and other stakeholders.

Realising that the environment is often taken for granted, the UN Member States, through their universal membership of UNEA, have decided to upgrade its efforts to focus on the environmental dimension of the SDGs. This UNEA and its agenda will be proof of that realisation. And to fulfil the challenge voiced by the UN Secretary General in his January 19, 2016 report, summarising the responses from 119 of the UN Member States, he calls for the integration of major groups and stakeholders, the scientific community and business to be actively involved in the process and implementation.

That is also why UNEP has begun this outreach from Nairobi to a few international hubs to involve more directly major groups and stakeholders. In the years to come, it is the ambition to follow up these pilot efforts and expand them. That is also why we hope   this invitation is taken seriously by all prospective participants.

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter

We hope you can make it.

Best,
Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, CIVICUS, UNEP

This invitation was sent to jeffery.huffines@civicus.org by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, CIVICUS, UNEP the organiser.

Jeffery Huffines
​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

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21 April High-level thematic debate on SDGs: Contribute to discussions

 Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 24, 2016
Subject: 21 April High-level thematic debate on SDGs: Contribute to discussions
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

On Thursday, 21 April 2016, the President of the General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This event will serve to significantly increase international awareness and political momentum around the implementation of the SDGs. It will bring together global political, business and civil society leaders in New York to focus on kick-starting SDG implementation. A unique opportunity to address the synergy between the COP21 outcome and the 2030 Agenda, the meeting will serve as a platform to catalyse action, discuss concrete steps forward and mobilize potential implementation partners.

For more information on the event, please see: http://www.un.org/pga/70/events/sdgs/

In preparation of this important event, all relevant stakeholders are invited to contribute to the discussions through a dedicated google page available at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WlZgbEUPsC0i_K7DcG1MqzZzHZmYFeT3dQZ1_fPWMKY/viewform

Contributions will be made available publically to promote engagement and inform the Debate, in particular contributions from actors not able to be present. 

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org


  
 

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Seminar on SDGs | 17 March 2016 | Bucharest, Romania

Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and Europe
Localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
17 March 2016 | Bucharest, Romania

Register here

“For Romania […],  sustainable development is not one of several possible options, but the only rational prospect for advancement as a nation, resulting in the establishment of a new development paradigm at the confluence of economic, social and environmental factors.”

- National Sustainable Development Strategy Romania 2013-2020-2030

 

Given the centrality of sustainable development principles in Romania in the years to come, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), in conjunction with the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), will co-organise a Seminar on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 17 March 2016 in Bucharest, Romania.

 

The seminar is designed to promote Asia-Europe dialogue and provide a multi-stakeholder platform for meaningful discourse on localising the SDGs. At the same time, it seeks to explore how SDGs can be better integrated into national development strategies and visions. Besides gathering experts and high-level representatives from the host country of Romania, the seminar will also gather representatives from related government organisations, academia, civil society and business enterprises from Asia and Europe.

 

More information on the event can be found on its project page, and a draft programme of the event is provided below. We hope that you will be able to join us!

 

Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and Europe. Localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

17 March 2016 | Bucharest, Romania

10:30 – 10:50 Opening Remarks Prof. univ. dr. Remus PRICOPIE, National University of Political Studies and Public Admin-istration (SNSPA)

Ms. Daniela GÎTMAN, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr Thierry SCHWARZ, Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) 10:50 – 11:15Preparing for the Post-2015 Agenda. Overview of the Process11:15 – 11:30Tailoring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to National Realities Ms. Grazyna PULAWSKA, Project Manager, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Coffee break

12:00 – 12:20Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Lessons for Sustainable Transition: Vietnamese Experience Mr. Nguyen Trung THANG, Deputy Director General of Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) in Viet Nam12:20 – 12:40National Implementation Challenges for South Korea Dr. Suh-Yong CHUNG, Director, Center for Climate and Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLAP), Seoul International Law Academy12:40 – 13:00Sustainable Development in Poland Dr. Andrzej KASSENBERG, Founder, Center for Sustainable Development in Poland13:00 – 13:20Civil Society Participation in SDGs Implementation in India Mr. Mayukh HAJRA, Development Alternatives

Lunch

14:30 – 15:15Who Will Pay for SDGs? Exploring Financial Options Mr Thierry SCHWARZ, Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

 

Discussants: Mr. Mayukh HAJRA, Dr. Andrzej KASSENBERG and Dr. Suh-Yong CHUNG 15:15—16:15Way Forward – Challenges and Opportunities for SDGs Implementation
H.E. Mr. Sergiu CELAC, Moderator of the Panel Mr. Răzvan NICOLESCU, former Minister of Energy and Executive Lead Advisor, Deloitte România

H.E. Mr. Gheorghe MAGHERU, ASEF Governor for Romania

H.E. Mr. Edward IOSIPER, Director, Analysis and Policy Planning Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 16:15 – 16:30Closing Remarks

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[action2015-campaigning] Global Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Development- Next steps

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
NGOs and members of civil society are invited to participate in a series of webinars outlined below to further develop a new civil society coordination platform for the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement entitled “Action for Sustainable Development – A Global Civil Society Platform” organized by CAN, CIVICUS, GCAP, and IFP. For more information visit the Loomio page.

From: Matthew Reading Smith <Matthew.reading-smith@civicus.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 17, 2016
Subject: [action2015-campaigning] Global Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Development- Next steps
To: “action2015-campaign@googlegroups.com” <action2015-campaign@googlegroups.com>, “csoinfosharing@googlegroups.com” <csoinfosharing@googlegroups.com>

New UN Goals

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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General Registration form EGM April 19, 2016

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
Per below, please note that the link to the general registration form are for NGOs that do not require funding with a deadline of 13 April 2016.  As previously indicated, there is a separate registration link for for the nominations of funded participants with a deadline of 16 March 2016.Background: UN DESA/DSD will organize an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 19 April 2016 in New York to provide an opportunity for MGoS, along with invited experts, to discuss how to ensure their effective participation and contribution to the review and implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in the HLPF, building on the extensive provisions contained in resolution 67/290 In particular, the EGM will focus on discussing strategies and approaches for operationalizing the reporting by the MGoS to the HLPF on their contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as called for in paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda. A detailed draft concept note will be made available shortly atsustainabledevelopment.un.org.
From: Isabela Cunha <cunhai@un.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 14, 2016
Subject: General Registration form EGM April 19
To: hlpf-working-group@googlegroups.com

Dear all,

We are glad to share with you the general registration form for the Expert Group Meeting that will take place on 19 April, in New York City (UNFPA Office). 
http://goo.gl/forms/1PQBn5PMcZ

Prior registration is mandatory in order for participants to be able to enter the building. Deadline for registration is 13 April 2016 (Wednesday)  Please note that since seating capacity is limited, registration through this form does not guarantee attendance to the event. Participants will be notified prior to the event. 

Also note that there is a separate registration form for the nominations of funded participants, which can be found here (deadline 16 March).

Best regards,

Isabela
Isabela Cunha | Stakeholder Engagement Programme 
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
 
United Nations | Room S-2670 | Email: 
cunhai@un.org 
sustainabledevelopment.un.org 

 

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2030 SD agenda: letter from the President of the General Assembly on the report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
We will be sending a more comprehensive update shortly.
From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Fri, Mar 4, 2016
Subject: 2030 SD agenda: letter from the President of the General Assembly on the report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>Dear All,The President of the General Assembly has circulated a letter to Member States (available at http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/3-Mar_2030-Agenda-Follow-up-and-review-3-March-2016.pdf) regarding the next steps on the Report of the Secretary-General on the critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review of the 2030 sustainable development agenda at the global level. This report can be accessed in the six official languages of the UN at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/follow-upKind regards, LottaLotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org
 

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  [TAP] FOR RAPID ENDORSEMENTS: TAP Network position paper on Global SDG Indicators and UN Statistical Commission – Deadline: Monday, 7 March at 5 PM NY time

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI — MONDAY, 7 MARCH DEADLINE

From: John Romano <romano@wfuna.org>
Date: Wed, Mar 2, 2016
Subject: [TAP] FOR RAPID ENDORSEMENTS: TAP Network position paper on Global SDG Indicators and UN Statistical Commission – Deadline: Monday, 7 March at 5 PM NY time
To: “tap-civilsocietyplatform@googlegroups.com” <tap-civilsocietyplatform@googlegroups.com>

Dear TAP Colleagues,

With the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission and the Third Meeting of the IAEG-SDGs coming up over the next few weeks, opportunities abound for our advocacy around the global SDG indicators discussions, which we’ve contributed to quite significantly over the past year or so. Over the past week, the TAP Data/Indicators Working Group has worked diligently to put together a TAP Network positon paper on the current global indicators set, the IAEG-SDGs and the UN Statistical Commission.

We’re pleased to send to send this position to all of you, for your RAPID endorsements, which you can find attached here and in the google doc here: http://bit.ly/1WVPu8q

To endorse this response, please just either upload your organization’s logo or simply put your organization’s name at the end of the google doc, or email me (romano@wfuna.org) and Liam (kincaid@wfuna.org) with your logo if you haven’t previously sent it to us. Please provide your endorsements by no later than MONDAY, 7 MARCH at 5 PM NY Time. We will then send this position paper to NSOs shortly after this deadline in order to begin our advocacy with this document on the first day of the Statistical Commission on Tuesday.

Thanks in advance for your urgent attention and rapid response to sign-on for this position paper, and we look forward to receiving your endorsements ASAP and taking this forward with you all next week!

Best,

John

Tap Network LogoTAP Network

Joh​n Romano
Coordinator, TAP Network

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NGO MG membership meeting on 2016, 3rd, March, 9:30-11:30 am

TO  UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

On 11 February 2016, the NGO Major Group had a meeting where we finalized and discussed the implementation of the NGO MG TOR which may be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eI4Pf_ljogEVS3Sh204KP_zSX-8rVZ83xlJZAhwwwUE/edit
We agreed to schedule monthly meetings of the NGO MG membership. The next membership meeting will be taking place Thursday, 3 March, 9:30 am – 11:30 am EST, ​Secretariat 26th floor, S-26MM1. NGO OP Philipp Schonrock will be here in New York, while Leida Rijnhout will be joining us remotely.
  • RSVP here.
  • To attend remotely, webex link is below.

Per below, agenda items include a discussion about NGO MG key priorities for 2016.

​Some ​

NGO MG Key Priorities

  • Review key provisions of NGO MG TOR that require immediate implementation beginning with the Nominations Committee &
    ​schedule ​

    Annual NGO MG Meeting

  • NGO representation on MGoS HLPF CM Steering Group once procedures are agreed
  • Prepare NGO MG Paper for HLPF
  • ​Prepare for ​

    Regional Forums on Sustainable Development (see https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2016)

  • NGO inputs into ECOSOC partnerships forum on 31 March – first webinar on 2 March
  • PGA High-level Debate on Achieving the SDGs on 21 April & high level signing agreement of Paris Climate Agreement on 22 April.
  • ​Report of first ECOSOC retreat for HLPF Volunteering Countries on 23 Feb & preparation for ​
    ​s​

    econd

    ​retreat​

    (end of April)

  • ​CIVICUS ​

    ICSW 2016 “Active Citizens, Accountable Actions” Bogota, Columbia (25-28 April)

  • HLPF 11-22 July 2016
  • ​Other?​
NGO MG meeting
Thursday, March 3, 2016 
9:30 am  |  Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)  |  2 hrs 

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Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number:  795 778 284 
Meeting password: Meet1234

NGO ngoMajorGroupTOR-29Jan2016

Best wishes,

Isabela
Isabela Cunha | Stakeholder Engagement Programme 
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
 
United Nations | Room S-2670 | Email: 
cunhai@un.org 
sustainabledevelopment.un.org 

Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
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Endorsements for open letter on indicators. (closing on Friday 9:00 GMT)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

From: Arelys Bellorini <Arelys_Bellorini@wvi.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 12, 2016
Subject: Endorsements for open letter on indicators. (closing on Friday 9:00 GMT)
To: WorldVision UNNY <WorldVision_UNNY@wvi.org>

Dear All:

In the context of the upcoming Statistical Commission meeting early March, the CSOs Indicators Task Force has drafted a letter to the Chairs of the Commission and the IAEG regarding civil society participation and engagement as well as our contributions in this process.

We have been calling for endorsement over the last few days. Some partner organisations have requested extension of the deadline. This email is to advise that the deadline was extended for today Friday at COB GMT time. The letter will be delivered on Monday.

Please see details below to read the letter and to endorse it.

Best,

Arelys

Arelys Bellorini  |  United Nations Representative | Child Rights & Sustainable Development | New York Office  |  World Vision International | www.wvi.org  |  www.wvi.org
Phone: Office: 212-355-0069 | Mobile: 718-839-0823   |  Fax: 212-355-3018   |  E-mail: arelys_bellorini@wvi.org | Skype: arelysbg | Twitter: ArelysBG
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by Arelys Bellorini/NYLO/WorldVision on 02/12/2016 08:59 AM

From:        Savio Carvalho <savio.carvalho@amnesty.org>
To:        indicators-tf@googlegroups.com” <indicators-tf@googlegroups.com>
Date:        02/08/2016 
Subject:        [Indicators TF] Endorsements for open letter on indicators.  (closing on Thursday 9:00 GMT)
Sent by:        indicators-tf@googlegroups.com

Dear all,
 
Please find the final open letter to UN Stats and IEAG. Thank you to all our contributors. 
 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GlS1lEKqlkb8bMToWpM86Wq3rTre5grIsb5a-lE21dk/edit?usp=sharing
 
Kindly use the link below to endorse this letter latest by Thursday 11th February (9:00 GMT). Kindly circulate the same to your networks for endorsements, as it would be good to get a wide range of national and regional endorsements. 
 
http://goo.gl/forms/AvlYuobeFQ

On Friday, I will circulate a PDF version with all the names of organisations who have endorsed the letter. We will also let you know if more than two individuals have volunteered to distribute the letter to officials (like the NSO) at capitals. 

Kind regards,  

 
Savio Carvalho
On behalf of the indicators working group

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Apply to attend 3rd meeting of Interagency & Expert Group on SDG Indicators (Mexico City, 30 March-1 April 2016)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
From: Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2016
Subject: Apply to attend 3rd meeting of Interagency & Expert Group on SDG Indicators (Mexico City, 30 March-1 April 2016)
To: Statistics <statistics@un.org>Dear Colleagues,At the request of the UN DESA Statistics Division, UN-NGLS is facilitating an application process to identify representatives from civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to attend the Third Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators, taking place in Mexico City, Mexico from 30 March – 1 April 2016. Information about this meeting is available here.

Representatives can either apply to be members of the Stakeholder Selection Committee or to attend the meeting.

Apply for the Stakeholder Selection Committee by 17 February 2016 here:

http://bit.ly/IAEG-SDGs-3-SC-apply

Apply to attend the meeting by 21 February 2016 here:

http://bit.ly/IAEG-SDG-3-apply-to-attend

 

More information about this process is presented within the application forms.Best regards,

UN-NGLS and UN DESA Statistics Division

Susan Alzner
Head of the New York Office
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
www.unngls.org
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NGO Major Group TOR & Meeting on 11 Feb, 9:30-11:30 am NY

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
All NGOs are invited to participate in a webex/meeting to review and discuss the implementation of the draft NGO Major Group Terms of Reference (TOR), to take place on Thursday, 11 February, 9:30 am – 11:30 am EST NY, at UN secretariat, Room S-26MM2 (space is limited, so first come, first serve).

Following the circulation of previous drafts of the TOR which were discussed at meetings of the NGO Major Group last September and November, we solicited volunteers to form a NGO TOR working group to finalize the language of the TOR, comprised of Frances Zainoeddin, Gray Panthers; Aaron Etra, UNA-USA; David Kirshbaum, Nonviolence International; Margo LaZaro, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development; and NGO MG OPs Leida Rijnhout, Jeffery Huffines and Philipp Schonrock.

With gratitude for the tremendous amount of work conducted by the TOR working group, we will be asking the working group members to lead a discussion on the different sections of the NGO MG TOR. At the meeting we will welcome your questions, comments and insights on how to best implement the TOR so that the wide diversity of the NGO community may be effectively represented at the HLPF.

  • The NGO Major Group Organizing Partners — roles, functions and responsibilities
  • NGO Major Group Facilitation Committee Structure and Terms — global OPs, regional OPs, thematic cluster coordinators, meetings & decision-making
  • Nominations and elections of global/regional OPs and thematic cluster coordinators — Nomination Committee procedures & timeline, criteria, annual meeting & election
  • Interaction with the HLPF — policy coordination & advocacy, NGO registration & representation

  Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2016
Subject: Meeting of the NGO Major Group
To: jvhuffines@gmail.com
Cc: Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>, Isabela Cunha <cunhai@un.org>

Hi Jeff,

We have room S-26MM2 reserved for the meeting of the NGO major group on Thursday, 11 February, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Unfortunately it is the only room that is available. Please see below the webex information,
All best, Lotta

Meeting of the NGO major group
Thursday, February 11, 2016
9:30 am  |  Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)  |  2 hrs
Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number: 795 940 105
Meeting password: Meet1234
Add this meeting to your calendar. (Cannot add from mobile devices.)

Can’t join the meeting? Contact support.

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org

UN Sust Goals

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International Civil Society Week 2016 Registration is Now Open! / Inscripciones Abiertas Para ICSW 2016!

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
The latest concept note is also attached in Spanish and English.

From: ICSW 2016 <icsw@civicus.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2016
Subject: International Civil Society Week 2016 Registration is Now Open! / Inscripciones Abiertas Para ICSW 2016!
To: Jeff Huffines <jeffery.huffines@civicus.org>

ICSW 2016 Registration is now open! / Inscripciones abiertas para ICSW 2016!

View this in your browser

 

Int CSweek

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2016 Global Sustainable Development Report
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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS 
The Agenda 2030 outcome document requires the UNSG to produce two annual reports for consideration by the HLPF: an annual progress report on the SDGs and a Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). Please find attached an outline of the GSDR 2016. All stakeholders have the opportunity to submit briefs highlighting a specific issue, finding, or research on the inter-linkages between three dimensions – economic, social and environment – of sustainable development.All briefs that meet the requirements set out the in the call will be featured on the GSDR website. Selected briefs could also be featured in the report itself. The deadline for briefs to be considered for the GSDR is 18 Feb, however submissions will also be accepted after this date. For more information, see the link below.
From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 
Subject: 2016 Global Sustainable Development ReportDear HLPF working group,We are happy to share with you below the draft outline of the Global Sustainable Development Report 2016. As organizing partners of Major Groups and focal points for Other Stakeholders, we are counting on you to disseminate this to your constituents, and alert them to the report. The outline will be posted shortly on the sustainable development knowledge platform as well.

One of the channels for input to the GSDR, is through the submission of science briefs on emerging issues. The briefs will inform the ongoing work on emerging issues in preparation for the report. All briefs that meet the requirements set out out in the call will be made available on the GSDR website.

The deadline for briefs is 18 February, but submissions will also be accepted after that date. The 2016 call in all 6 UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese) is available at the following website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/science/crowdsourcedbriefs

All best, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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Request for materials to support national level capacity building of MGoS in the 2030 SD agenda follow-up

by Thursday, 28 January, 2016. For more information see below.
TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

​ Here is an opportunity to feature your reports, tool kits, workshops, blogs, and other publications about national experiences from communities related to the Agenda 2030​ through the UN DESA Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.

Please send your materials directly to UN consultant Alessandra Nilo at alessandra.nilo@gestos.org

by Thursday, 28 January. For more information see below.

Alessandra Nilo <alessandra.nilo@gestos.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 21, 2016
Subject: Re: Jeff
To: Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com>

Dear colleagues:​

As you may be aware, the UNDESA has created a new page in the (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/national-capacity-building) website to share information about the National experiences from communities related to the Agenda 2030.

At the moment,  they are seeking communication – content prepared by communities about the 2030 Agenda (and related pos-2015 processes) to be published in this new space, which will reach strategic audiences worldwide.

Therefore, if you have materials – such as blogs, publications, workshops contents, leaflets, posters, anything, in any language, please kindly share it with me (alessandra.nilo@gestos.org)

I will be receiving a first group of materials until Thursday, January 28th – as part of my role as consultant for this specific project.

By the way, please see below the last updated information shared by UN DESA on the project to support national level engagement of MGoS in the 2030 SD agenda. Thank you!

Best regards,

Alessandra Nilo

General Coordinator- GESTOS

From: hlpf-working-group@googlegroups.com [mailto:hlpf-working-group@googlegroups.comOn Behalf Of Lotta Tahtinen
Sent:
 Tuesday, January 12, 2016
To:
 hlpf-working-group@googlegroups.com
Cc:
 Nikhil Chandavarkar <chandavarkar@un.org>; Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>; Isabela Cunha <cunhai@un.org>; Alessandra Nilo <alessandra.nilo@gestos.org>
Subject:
 Update from DSD on activities to support national level engagement of MGoS in the 2030 SD agenda follow-up

Dear colleagues,

We would like to convey our sincere appreciation for the significant role that major groups and other stakeholders have played in the development of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Achieving this new Agenda in each country will depend on how effectively all stakeholders can contribute to its implementation and participate in reviews at all levels.

With generous support from the EC-funded SD2015 project, DSD is in the process of developing materials and tools to support stakeholder engagement in the follow-up and review at the national level. We would invite you to visit our website (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/national-capacity-building) for further information. Also, as you may be aware, DSD has been working together with UNITAR and relevant UN country teams to support initially a number of developing countries to align their national development strategies with the 2030 Agenda. We have also strived to engage stakeholders in these pilot efforts while the final decision on participation has rested with the relevant government and the UN country teams.

In addition, we are also envisaging a number of country-level stakeholder workshops to enable stakeholders to come together to discuss and strategize their future engagement in the implementation, review and follow-up of the agenda at the country level. The envisaged workshops are:

·        Jordan 31 January – 1 February 2016 (tbc)
·        Togo (spring 2016 dates tbc)
·        Morocco (spring 2016 dates tbc)

While several of these activities continue to evolve, we plan to engage active and relevant stakeholder networks as much as possible.  You may continue to refer to us your relevant partners and colleagues at the national level who would be interested to participate in these activities.

We will add all names received to our mailing list and provide regular updates along the way.

We look forward to your sustained engagement, and your assistance in promoting these activities through your networks.

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | 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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2030 SD Agenda: Report of the Secretary-General on Critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level

Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 21, 2016
Subject: 2030 SD Agenda: Report of the Secretary-General on Critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

An advance unedited copy of the report of the Secretary-General on the critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review of the 2030 sustainable development agenda at the global level is now available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

This report will be issued shortly as a document of the General Assembly in the six official languages of the UN and posted on our website.

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
sustainabledevelopment.un.org

           

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Videos of stakeholder speakers at UNHQ from post-2015, FfD, and more!

View this message online here

Dear Colleagues,
As UN-NGLS  begins exciting work for 2016, we would like to extend our gratitude to all in civil society and the UN system for the extraordinary experiences working together last year during the processes and events for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Financing for Development Conference, World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Energy for All Forum, and more.
We are pleased to provide a look back at these historic efforts via our  YouTube channel. It presents individual videos of each stakeholder selected to speak last year at UN Headquarters through an open and participatory process either led or co-led by UN-NGLS – more than 260 different people from more than 70 countries! There are separate clips of the full remarks delivered by each representative of civil society and the Major Groups from the following events and sessions:
  • UN Sustainable Development Summit
  • Solutions Summit
  • Post-2015 Development Agenda Negotiations
  • Post-2015 Development Agenda Hearings
  • Sustainable Energy for All Forum
  • Financing for Development Hearings
  • President of the General Assembly’s High-level Events
  • World Summit on Information Society (WSIS+10) July consultation
Each video has a description of the event and our partners in the process, as well as links to programmes, concept notes and written versions of the statements as available.
The most watched video of the year was the speech by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 15 year-old indigenous environmental activist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, from the Opening Ceremony of the President of the General Assembly’s High-level Event on Climate Change, with more than 917,000 views!
We thank all again for the tremendous efforts to enable meaningful, values-driven engagement between civil society and the UN, and look forward to our continued cooperation in 2016.
Please subscribe to our social media channels below for fastest updates!

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Get Involved: Global Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Development

 

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation <info@civicus.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 20, 2016
Subject: Get Involved: Global Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Development
To: CIVICUS Friend <jvhuffines@gmail.com>

UN New Goals Pics

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Hope you are having a good start to 2016! The New Year ushers in the implementation phase of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate commitments.

Many of us worked hard to organise and mobilise around the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement but in many ways the hard work starts now. Civil society needs to be ready to play our part – as pioneers, as advocates, as implementers, as campaigners, as watchdogs – over the coming years to ensure the promises made in 2015 are achieved.

Over the past year we have engaged in a series of meetings on how civil society should organise and mobilise around the sustainable development agenda over the coming years. Thanks to the work of many, especially members of a Transitional Steering Group, the building blocks of a strong and inclusive global platform have been established to support and connect civil society’s activities on sustainable development at all levels (local, national, regional and global). The platform will enable and mobilise people to understand, engage, learn from each other and challenge decision-makers to be accountable for their sustainable development commitments. The core activities of the global platform include:

  • Implementation: Civil society is already convening at the national and regional level- join us to share your story;
  • Monitoring & Accountability: Civil society has begun to collect social, environmental and economic data to hold governments accountable for their 2015 commitments- join us to access tools and knowledge;
  • Policy Coordination: There are hundreds of commitments- join us to ensure they are compatible at all levels of governance; and
  • Public Mobilisation: While major agreements have been made, many people’s needs are not being addressed- join us to ensure all voices are heard.
This platform is open to all members of civil society and is currently being facilitated by four global networks – CAN InternationalCIVICUSGCAP and IFP, over the coming months. You can read our Action Plan and engage with us on this specific timetable of activities.

To get involved in this platform we encourage you to join the online discussion or if you have an interest in shaping the core direction of the platform, sign up for one of the working groups. These working groups are open to everyone and will be used to make inclusive decisions about the development of the platform. The groups are as follows:

We look forward to working with you in the weeks and months ahead,

CAN International, CIVICUS, GCAP, IFP

For any enquiries, please email CSOSDGs@gmail.com

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Letter to SG / Join Together 2030 / SD in Action Newsletter
2016 INNOVATION AWARD
TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI 
Naiara Costa <naiara.costa@together2030.org>
Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2015
Subject: Invitation: Join Together 2030 / Juntos 2030 / Ensemble 2030
To: Contact Together 2030 <contact@together2030.org>, together-2030@googlegroups.com
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Dear Colleague,

It is with real pleasure that we would like to invite you to join Together 2030, an emerging initiative that will bring together partners across the globe around national implementation and tracking progress of 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

You can become part of the initiative here: http://goo.gl/forms/M3sojpyzsB.

What is this initiative? The focus will be in ensuring that civil society organisations and stakeholders are able to share knowledge and experience of implementation and accountability, work together on global, regional and national advocacy and track whether commitments made on Agenda 2030 are effectively turned into action, in order that they can make ambitious and sustained contributions in the implementation of the SDGs.

Why is it needed? The implementation of the commitments on Agenda 2030 requires strong leadership from governments (at national, regional, sub-national and global levels) but also the engagement of much broader constituencies and the set-up of more creative coalitions and joined up advocacy. Since March 2015, Beyond 2015 has been promoting the Policy to Action Initiative, focusing on building political leadership for the implementation of the post-2015 agenda at the national level, aiming to ensure that the SDGs are translated into national development plans, and that people and their organisations are included in the implementation phase as early as possible. With the Beyond 2015 campaign ending, we believe that this important work should not end with it. Additionally, we must urgently reinforce our engagement with governments and other partners to push for the implementation of Agenda 2030 from January 2016.

Who is behind this? A group of organisations [1] came together with the aim of advancing this work and pushing for the implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030 at all levels. This initiative will be part of the diverse civil society response to the 2030 Agenda, and we are committed to including everyone as this process develops and to collaborate with other responses and self-organized civil society and stakeholders structures. Our aim is for Together 2030 to collaborate with a broad and diverse “ecosystem” of initiatives, platforms and partnerships that may be established in following up on the ambitious Agenda 2030.

How can I get involved? Firstly, we would love to hear your ideas of how we can better work together; secondly, you will receive invitations to join a set of webinars on experiences of implementation and accountability which will start early in January 2016; thirdly, a link to our website will be up and running shortly, there you will be able to share resources and experiences; and fourthly, we will facilitate the development and dissemination of shared messages around global events like the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) – please input your perspective and experiences as we plan for this. These are just a few examples of how you can get involved; we believe that this initiative will develop in exciting ways, especially if it is owned by its members and ideas are shared.

We really look forward to working together as we move the debate from policy to action!

Check the concept note here/attached: http://bit.ly/1IPIwKX.

You can join the initiative here: http://goo.gl/forms/M3sojpyzsB.

More information: www.together2030.org (coming soon!)

Follow Together 2030 on Twitter: @Together_2030
[1] The group of founding organisations is currently comprised by: CEPEI (Colombia); JDPC Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria); Philippine Social Enterprise Network (Philippines); Save Matabeleland (Zimbabwe); Sightsavers (Global); World Vision (Global).
Jeffery Huffines
​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
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[For action!] Letter to 2nd Committee negotiators on stakeholder participation

Naiara Costa <ncosta@beyond2015.org>
Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2015
Subject: [For action!] Letter to 2nd Committee negotiators on stakeholder participation
To: csoinfosharing@googlegroups.com

Dear colleagues,

The UN General (UN GA) Assembly Second Committee discusses and approves the main GA resolution on Sustainable Development every year. Main negotiators of the draft are the Group of 77 and China as the main sponsor and the EU. The draft they have been discussing this year has a major gap on civil society and overall stakeholders participation and engagement which is critical for the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A group of organisations have drafted a letter recommending our role be recognized and included in the draft resolution in line with the broad recognition of our contribution to the development of the 2030 Agenda.

They have opened up the letter for signatures from all those partners and organisations who are also concerned about this disconnect between what previous resolutions have affirmed, including 2030 Agenda and the current draft in the Second Committee.

Attached you will find the letter which you can sign at this linkhttp://goo.gl/forms/zzpxJBa5ai. Attached you will also find the text of the draft resolution.

Please, note that the negotiations will be finalized very soon so deadline for signatures is December 2nd at 12pm NY time.

For more information, please, contact Arelys Bellorini, at World Vision: Arelys_Bellorini@wvi.org.

Best Regards,

Naiara Costa

Beyond 2015 Advocacy Director

Mob. +1 917 930 4069

Email: ncosta@beyond2015.org

Skype: naiaracc (New York, USA)

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Second Committee Update

TO NGOs, MAJOR GROUPS & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
The notes of the last Second Committee advocacy meeting on 11 November, as well as notes of Member States response to the IAEG Bangkok meeting report given on 5 November may be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tM2nqr_Kb4vS_7qo0BR-rapWoOMhuoFQq6gEkS8cPUA/edit
The next Second Committee advocacy meeting will be convened once the draft resolutions for Agenda 21 and FFD have been tabled, so will keep you posted.


Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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Second Committee call on Wednesday, 25 November at 1:30 p.m.

TO NGOs, MAJOR GROUPS & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
2nd Committee Advocacy meeting
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 
1:30 pm  |  Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)  |  1 hr 
Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number:  792 800 636 
Meeting password: Meet1234

Lotta Tähtinen | 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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Second Committee: webex on Wednesday, 11 November, at 1:30 p.m

TO NGOs, MAJOR GROUPS & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

The next informal GA Second Committee advocacy meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11 November, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, at UN Secretariat Room S-26MM2. WebEx instructions are below.

Updates on draft resolutions of the Second Committee shall be offered by Lotta Tahtinen of DESA/DSD, Alberto Padova of DESA/NGO Branch and Daniel Platz of DESA/FFD Office.

From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2015
Subject: Second Committee: webex on Wednesday, 11 November, at 1:30 p.m.
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Cc: Alberto Padova <padova@un.org>, Daniel Platz <platz@un.org>

Dear All,

Colleagues from DESA will again provide an update on the ongoing work of the Second Committee of the 70th session of the General Assembly during a webex on Wednesday, 11 November, at 1:30 p.m. (NY time) in room S-26MM2. Please see webex details below,
Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | 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

2nd Committee Advocacy Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
1:30 pm  |  Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)  |  1 hr 

 
Join WebEx meeting

SecondCommitteeAdvocacyWorkingGroup

Lotta Tähtinen | 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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GA Second Committee Advocacy Meeting Notes

TO NGOs, MAJOR GROUPS & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
The notes of our meeting on 28 October may be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tM2nqr_Kb4vS_7qo0BR-rapWoOMhuoFQq6gEkS8cPUA/edit
The next informal GA Second Committee advocacy meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11 November, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, at UN Secretariat Room S-26MM2. WebEx instructions will be shared later.


Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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brief consultation on the draft indicators for which IAEG-SDGs has reached general agreement

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>
Date: Wed, Nov 4, 2015
Subject: brief consultation on the draft indicators for which IAEG-SDGs has reached general agreement
To: info@un-ngls.org

Dear Colleagues,

At the recent meeting of the Interagency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) in Bangkok, the members reached general agreement on 159 of the more than 200 draft indicators for the SDGs.

They have color coded the list of draft indicators, marking those on which they reached general agreement green, and those which need additional work grey. This list is available in the documents section of the IAEG-SDGs web page for the Bangkok meeting.

The IAEG-SDGs provides a 3 day window starting today to submit input just on these 159 draft indicators marked in green.

As noted in the “Meeting Summary and Work Plan” (also available in the documents section on the IAEG-SDGs Bangkok meeting web page):

• The IAEG SDG has come to the agreement that an electronic mechanism will be open during three days to observers (non-IAEG member states and representatives of regional commissions and regional and international agencies) and other stakeholders (civil society, academia and private sector) for final comments on indicators that were coded green prior to the meeting and therefore were not discussed.

This mechanism opened today here: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/iaeg-sdgs/open-consultation-2
Deadline for inputs: 7 November at 9:00am EST
Guidelines are provided on the first page of the input form.

• The IAEG-SDGs, with the support of its Secretariat, established the criteria for observers to provide inputs through the online mechanism, in order to solicit comments that are most helpful to Members during their deliberations.

• Please note that the three day window takes into consideration the very strict and tight deadline the Members have for the finalization of the proposal for the Statistical Commission and also considering the substantial work that this will entail.

The inputs provided will be considered by the IAEG-SDGs Members in their final phase of preparation of the set of indicators to be submitted to the Statistical Commission. The final decision on the number, type and formulation of the list of indicators will remain with the IAEG-SDGs Members. Each IAEG-SDGs member represents the views of her or his sub-region.

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Notes & follow up of NGO Major Group Meeting on 2 November 2015

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
With gratitude for participating NGO representatives, the notes of the NGO MG meeting yesterday and follow up/action items may be found here for your review: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SImsTPcgNZhDkBRI6jta3ND8pFA-mPba7jR01T_kAmA/editMeeting agenda items discussed included:
  • Consultation on evolving NGO MG agenda for 2015-2016
  • Overview of draft TOR.
  • Consultation on proposed edits of TOR by TOR Working Group
  • Next steps on implementation of TOR

Interested NGO representatives are invited to participate in the next meeting of the TOR Working Group to complete the review and editing of the draft TOR. The meeting will take place on Monday, 9 November, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, at the WEDO/CIVICUS office at 355 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor, (between 41st & 40th St). To obtain a building pass or webex link, please RSVP me at jeffery.huffines@civicus.org.


Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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HLPF WG: form to solicit nominations for 3 MGoS colleagues to participate in the HLPF retreat organized by the ECOSOC President (21-22 November)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
​T​he ECOSOC President is organizing a high-level retreat on the HLPF from 21-22 November outside NYC. He would like to invite 3 representatives of the major groups and other stakeholders to also participate. Please find attached a form created for soliciting nominations for the HLPF Working Group’s final selection.  Please note that the deadline for nominations is cob Friday, 6 November. Please also note that while the cost of participation in the retreat (bus transportation to venue, lodging and meals) will be covered, DESA will not be able to support travel to this event.

http://goo.gl/forms/soATDPtyJP


Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
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Strengthening national level capacity on implementation of 2030 SD Agenda

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
National NGOs that are interested in participating in one of the 9 UN pilot country trainings designated below may contact Alessandra Nilo at alessandra.nilo@gestos.org.

From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2015
Subject: Strengthening national level capacity on implementation of 2030 SD Agenda
Cc: Nikhil Chandavarkar <chandavarkar@un.org>, Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>, Isabela Cunha <cunhai@un.org>, “alessandra.nilo@gestos.org” <alessandra.nilo@gestos.org>

Dear Colleagues,

The UNDESA Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), together with UNDG, UNITAR and selected UN country teams, will provide training in up to nine countries (Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Honduras, Jordan, Togo, Uganda and Vietnam) over the next coming months on the transition to the 2030 Agenda as part of a project “Strengthening the Capacity of Select Developing Countries to Mainstream Sustainable Development into National Development Strategies”.

We are pleased to inform you that as part of the SD2015 project, DSD is working with Alessandra Nilo as a consultant to ensure that relevant national-level major groups and other stakeholders are also actively engaged in these nine pilot country trainings. Among other outputs, Alessandra will develop a briefing package to national level MGoS on the 2030 SD Agenda and will help to identify key constituents of various fields that could be engaged in the national workshops and briefings. 

We are working to finalize the dates and the methodology of these meetings and will provide further information in due course. In the meanwhile, we would be grateful if you could please write to Alessandra at (alessandra.nilo@gestos.org) in case you have suggestions about national organizations that could contribute to promoting the review and implementation of 2030 SD Agenda in the nine countries listed above.

Your suggestions will be very much appreciated and we thank you in advance.

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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WebEx & Mtg Reminder: GA 2nd Committee advocacy meeting, Wed, 28 Oct, 1:30-2:30 pm, S-26MM2

TO NGOs, MAJOR GROUPS & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS – MEETING REMINDER & WEBEX INSTRUCTIONS
The next informal GA Second Committee advocacy meeting will take place on Wednesday, 28 October, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, at UN Secretariat Room S-26MM2. For those who are not available to join us in person, the WebEx instructions are available at the bottom of this email.

We have invited UN colleagues to offer updates on the work of the 2nd Committee, including the debate on macroeconomic questions/FFD, submission of draft resolutions to date, as well as the results of the informal discussion with ECOSOC NGOs.

From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 26, 2015
Subject: This week’s Second Committee advocacy meeting
To: jvhuffines@gmail.com
Cc: Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>, Isabela Cunha <cunhai@un.org>, Alberto Padova <padova@un.org>, Daniel Platz <platz@un.org>

Hi Jeff,

As usual, we have booked room S-26MM2 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. for the second committee advocacy meeting. Below is the webex information.
All best, Lotta

2nd Committee Advocacy Meeting
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 
1:30 pm  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr
Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number:  792 645 724 
Meeting password: Meet1234

Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

Lotta Tahtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org

Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
From: Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>

Date: Fri, Oct 16,

Subject: UPDATE: Extension of deadline (now 25 October) Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team
To:
Cc: David O’Connor <oconnor3@un.org>, Nikhil Chandavarkar <chandavarkar@un.org>, Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>, Natalie Lavan <lavan@un.org>, Wei Liu <liuw@un.org>, Tobias Cabani <cabani@un.org>, Alexander Juras <Alexander.Juras@unep.org>, Ola Goransson <goranssono@un.org>, Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

Regarding the call for nominations for the 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team as part of the new Technology Facilitation Mechanism, please be advised that the deadline has been extended to midnight on Sunday, 25 October. 

Best regards,
Beppe

Beppe Lovoi | Sustainable Development Officer
Division for Sustainable Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations | Room S-2613 | Tel: +1 (212) 963-5423 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

          

From:        Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO
To:        Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO@UNHQ
Cc:        David O’Connor/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Nikhil Chandavarkar/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Beppe Lovoi/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Natalie Lavan/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Wei Liu/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Tobias Cabani/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Alexander Juras/UNEP/NBO/UNO@UNON, Ola Goransson/NY/UNO@UNHQ
Date:        30/09/2015 09:26 AM
Subject:        Extension of deadline (now 18 October) Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team


Dear All,

Please be advised that the deadline for the below call for nominations for the 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team as part of the new Technology Facilitation Mechanism has been extended to midnight on Sunday, 18 October. 

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          

—– Forwarded by Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO on 30/09/2015 09:22 AM —–
From:        Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO
To:        Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO@UNHQ
Cc:        David O’Connor/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Nikhil Chandavarkar/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Beppe Lovoi/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Natalie Lavan/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Wei Liu/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Tobias Cabani/NY/UNO@UNHQ
Date:        28/09/2015 04:04 PM
Subject:        Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team (deadline 9 October)


Dear Colleagues,

Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism will be comprise of :

- A United Nations inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals;
- A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals;
- An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

In operationalizing these components, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further decides that the United Nations inter-agency task team will work with 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to prepare the meetings of the multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as in the development and operationalization of the online platform. For more information about the technology facilitation mechanism please see: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism

The 10 representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community will be appointed by the Secretary-General for periods of 2 years, taking into consideration geographical and gender balance and ensuring a mix of disciplinary expertise capturing science, technology and innovation aspects across the full range of the sustainable development agenda. The 10 representatives will serve in their independent, personal capacity and shall have internationally recognized excellence in their field or fields of expertise. The role is considered voluntary, and is not subject to remuneration.

In ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency task team are hereby inviting interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by 6 p.m. (NY time) on Friday, 9 October 2015, by completing the following form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U64TkEZtETiPkwIfF0OoaCvynu_9COjmWu2AF__o_yw/viewform?edit_requested=true, for final selection by the Secretary-General.

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          


Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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Transforming our world – Finalised text for adoption (1 August) — Quick turnaround

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
 
The text for Transforming Our World is now available.  When you have a moment, read carefully and send us your comments and suggestions and/or recommendations.  What do you think?
 
 
 
 
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
Natalie Lavan <lavan@un.org>
Date: Sun, Aug 2, 2015
Subject: Fwd: Transforming our world – Finalised text for adoption (1 August)
To: “July-Mgos-post-2015@googlegroups.com” <July-Mgos-post-2015@googlegroups.com>
Cc: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>, Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>
Dear Colleagues,
Please find attached the text for adoption (1 August) at the UN SummitThis is also to remind you that the Plenary meeting on the Post-2015 development agenda will reconvene at 11:00 AM tomorrow, 02 August, in Conference Room 1.
Warm wishes,
Natalie

Natalie Raven LaVan | Stakeholder Engagement Programme
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2600 | Email: lavan@un.org
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Post-2015 briefing: UN Major Groups & other Stakeholders

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

Please find below a You Tube link to the MGoS press briefing supported by SD2015, held yesterday at UN Correspondents Association (UNCA), 2-3 pm. Also attached is the briefing document and background pack which compiles summaries of the specific work and positions of various Major Groups and other Stakeholders. Please feel free to share this information with your own press contacts. If your NGO is interested in assisting with future media outreach initiatives to be organized by the MGoS, please contact Jaimie Grant, Communications Officer, IDA at jgrant@ida-secretariat.org.

From: Jaimie Grant <jgrant@ida-secretariat.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2015
Subject: Post-2015 briefing: UN Major Groups & other Stakeholders
Dear Members of the Press,
On behalf of all Major Groups and other Stakeholders, I would like to thank you for your support in our effort to bring civil society and the world’s media closer together. We are working to better engage our audiences in the Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals – the intergovernmental negotiations are finalizing the Goals this week in New York, with critical and longterm implications across the globe. The Agenda is set to be officially adopted at the Post 2015 Summit in September.
I particularly want to thank those of you who were able to meet with some of our colleagues yesterday during the afternoon briefing meeting in UNCA. We had a very engaging discussion and are looking forward to building closer links with the International Press Corps. The event was recorded and is available on Youtube at this link: https://youtu.be/YwexWjjNGxo
I have attached here the Briefing document from the event, outlining broad positions shared across MGoS in relation to the Post-2015 Agenda. It includes specific media contacts across our constituencies for follow-up (also CCed to this email) as well as a Background Pack which compiles summaries of the specific work and positions of various Major Groups and other Stakeholders.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or the other media contacts if you have any questions or would like to discuss further.
Best regards,

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Post 2015: morning coordination meeting & side event on Building Effective Bottom-Up Partnership for SDGs

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
There will be a MGoS morning coordination meeting on Thursday, 2 July at 8:30 a.m. in conference room E (located next to conference room 11). Proposed agenda: 1. Discuss modalities for the upcoming July IGN (20-31 July)
2. Updates on HLPF and the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR)
3. Any other issues
 

All are invited to the attached side event “Voices and Aspirations: Tribal Youth and Children, Building Effective Bottom-Up Partnership for SDGs”, Thursday, 2 July, 1:15 pm, CR 8.

Information note on the logistical arrangements for the upcoming HLPF (26 June-8 July), including pass pick up for registered participants, meeting room arrangements, webcast etc. can be accessed at:
http://tinyurl.com/HLPF-Info-Note 

Background information on the HLPF including the latest programme, official documentation, list of side events and the SD-Learning Programme, is posted on our website at: 
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2015. 
Jeffery Huffines
​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

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For Additional Review: NGO MG statement & draft talking points and Revised schedule of morning briefings

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS We are also pleased to confirm that Walter Velásquez Alvarado of ATD Fourth World based in Peru will also be speaking on behalf of the NGO Major Group. Please find attached for your prompt review a draft statement prepared by ATD Fourth World for a 2 minute intervention.The deadline for comments and edits is Monday, 18 May, 6 pm NY. The ATD Fourth World draft statement may be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gLUjJH7m2LWCkzL2x1DEArvpgykpiN23y69OnuVMSGI/edit
From: Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, May 17, 2015
Subject: For Review: NGO MG draft talking points & Revised schedule of morning briefings
TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS 

We are pleased that Stefano Prato, Managing Director, Society for International Development (SID) will be speaking on behalf of the NGO Major Group at the IGN interactive dialogue on follow up and review taking place on Wednesday, 10 am – 1 pm, CR 4. The scenario for the interactive dialogue will be finalized by the Steering Committee together with the selected speakers and is expected to be available on Tuesday, 19 May. The full list of speakers may be found here: http://tinyurl.com/May-IGN-Speakers

Please find attached for your prompt review draft talking points prepared by Stefano Prato for a 2 minute interventionThe deadline for comments and edits is Monday, 18 May, 6 pm NY. The draft talking points may be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_3-rGFm9v5SdKoPA2wum_bKSWfJ2NakFpuTQsxsndLg/edit

There will be daily morning coordination meetings for Major Groups and other stakeholders from 8:30-9:30 am in Conference Room 7 located in the basement of the UN Conference Building.Please note on Tuesday 19 May and Thursday 21 May this meeting will take place in Conference Room 8. Please note the revised schedule of briefings:

  • Monday, 18 May, CR7: Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director DESA DSD (on post-2015 process)
  • Tuesday, 19 May, CR 8: Discussion with Amb. Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, DPR of Brazil and the Brazilian post-2015 team  
  • Wednesday, 20 May, CR 7: Ms. Marion Barthelemy, Chief of DESA DSD Intergovernmental Support and Interagency Branch (on HLPF preparations)
  • Thursday, 21 May, CR 8: Ms. Suvi Seppalainen, Advisor, Office of the President of the 69th session of the General Assembly (on PGA post-2015 hearings)
  • Friday, 22 May: Mr. Daniel Platz, DESA FFD Office (on FFD process)

Jeffery Huffines
NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
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 Stakeholder Consultation on Post-2015 Governance in English, French, Spanish and NOW Russian

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Civil society is a critical actor in sustainable development governance.
Now is the time to convey your organisation’s views and recommendations.

Fill out the survey and participate in the
consultation around stakeholder engagement in the
High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

Participate today:

This online survey is a part of a wider consultation on the HLPF that SD2015 is carrying out until June 2015. The purpose is to make use of this crucial opportunity for members of Major Groups and other Stakeholders to shape engagement in the HLPF. Findings will be shared in a report in June-July 2015.

Stakeholders active in areas related to sustainable development will autonomously establish and maintain effective coordination mechanisms for participation in the high-level political forum
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May IGN discussion paper on follow-up & review and HLPF applications for side events & SD learning centre

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

  • While the HLPF programme is still being developed, the guidelines for organizing side events during the HLPF and how to participate in the SD learning 2015 centre are now available.
  • FYI — The deadline for side events request form is 25 May and the deadline for SD learning application form is 22 May. 
  • See: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2015

Jeffery Huffines

NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
www.civicus.org               

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1st Global Meeting of the 10YFP – Meeting Agenda

 

15th May 2015

Three years after the adoption of the 10YFP at Rio, the objectives of the First Global Meeting of the 10YFP are twofold:

1. Global Stakeholder Meeting of the 10YFP, 14th May 2015

• Illustrate and explore the universal nature and added value of shifting towards SCP for the achievement of sustainable development;

• Promote the 10YFP as an implementation mechanism of the SDGs and Post-2015 Development Agenda, with a focus on programmes, their delivery at regional and national levels, and measurement of capacity built through them;

• Explore the capacity of the 10YFP and its programmes to support the SDGs and the shift to SCP patterns.

2. Implementing and Inter-linking 10YFP Programmes, 15th May 2015

• Operationalize the collective impact approach and coordinate for a coherent delivery and accelerated implementation of the 10YFP programmes;

• Increase the 10YFP programmes’ capacity to create synergies with current regional and national strategies and initiatives;

• Identify joint work areas and potentially transformative, large-scale projects and initiatives spanning more than one 10YFP programme.

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

Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Mon, May 11, 2015

Subject: Post-2015: General Assembly interactive hearings on 26-27 May / concept note and extension of registration deadline
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

For your information as well please,a concept note and draft programme for the General Assembly interactive hearings to be held from 26-27 May is available at: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/080515_interactive-hearings-post-2015.pdf

Also kindly please note that the registration deadline for the event has been extended. For details, please see below.

Kind regards, Lotta

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Hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs, civil society organizations, major groups and the private sector in preparation for the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, 26-27 May 2015 

The deadline for completing the questionnaire for non-accredited organizations is extended to 5:00 p.m. EST on 13 May 2015.

Please click here to fill out the questionnaire.
Once you have completed the questionnaire you can  register (click here).

Please note that the deadline to register has been extended until 5:00 p.m. EST on 19 May 2015.

As a reminder, all organizations in the three categories below are encouraged to register by clicking here.

(They do not need to fill out the questionnaire). The deadline for registration has been extended until 5:00 p.m. EST on 19 May 2015.

  • Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC;
  • Organizations on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster; and
  • Organizations accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

For further information please refer to the attached document.

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Intervention Speeches delivered during the Interactive Dialogue with Stakeholders

Dear CPG4SD,

Please find below the links to the interventions of Beverly Longid of IPMSDL and Ajay Jha Kumar of CECOEDECON for the Interactive Dialogue with Stakeholders last April 23, 2015 in New York.  I am also re-attaching the link of the copy of the intervention of Paul Quintos of IBON International and Tessa Khan of APWLD.

Beverly Longid, IPMSDL
https://ipmsdl.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/ipmsdl-sdg-statement/

Ajay Jha Kumar, CECOEDECON
http://peoplesgoals.org/?p=1430

Paul Quintos and Tessa Khan
http://bit.ly/1Hs61x2

Best,

April
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Intervention Speeches of Paul Quintos and Tessa Khan

Dear CPG4SD,

Please clink on the link below for the intervention speeches of Paul L. Quintos of IBON International/CPG and Tessa Khan of APWLD during the Stakeholder Interactive Dialogue yesterday, April 23, 2015.

http://bit.ly/1Hs61x2

Secretariat

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Corrected Programme: 23 April dialogue between UN Member States and stakeholders during the joint post-2015 / Financing for Development negotiations

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Monday 1:15pm Room 7 at UNHQ: Next Steps for the Indicators Framework for the Post-2015 Agenda & Inputs from Civil Society and other Stakeholders

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS 

usan Alzner <alzner@un.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2015
Subject: Monday 1:15pm Room 7 at UNHQ: Next Steps for the Indicators Framework for the Post-2015 Agenda & Inputs from Civil Society and other Stakeholders
To: info@un-ngls.org

Dear Colleagues,On Monday, 20 April from 1:15-2:30pm, please join Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the UN Statistics Division for the side event:

Next Steps For the Indicators Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Inputs from Civil Society and Other Stakeholders

Venue: Room 7 in the UNHQ Conference Building

We hope to see you there.

Best regards,
Susan

Susan Alzner
Officer in Charge, New York Office
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
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Post-2015: general logistical information on the 21-24 April joint FFD and post-2015 session

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

All stakeholders are welcome to join daily caucusing meetings on Tuesday-Friday from 8:30-9:30 am in Conference Room 6 in the UN Conference Building. On Tuesday, 21 April, at 9:00 am, Mr. Alex Trepelkov, Director of the UN DESA Financing for Development Office or Ms. Shari Spiegel, Chief of the FFDO Policy Analysis and Development Branch, will brief the group on the FFD process. On Wednesday, 22 April, Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director of the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development will brief stakeholders on the Post-2015 IGN process.

On Thursday, 23 April, there will be an interactive dialogue with stakeholders from the Post-2015 and Financing for Development processes from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Conference Room 1.

Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2015
Subject: Post-2015: general logistical information on the 21-24 April joint FFD and post-2015 session
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org

Dear All,

The April joint session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the Financing for Development process will be held from 21-24 April in the Conference Room 1 at UN Headquarters in NYC. The programme of work and list of side events and other relevant documentation can be accessed at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/moiandglobalpartnership

On Thursday, 23 April, there will be an interactive dialogue with stakeholders from the Post-2015 and Financing for Development processes from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Conference Room 1. Following an open call for applications, the April Stakeholder Steering Committee has selected the following speakers to intervene during the dialogue: http://tinyurl.com/Apr-Spkr-P15-IGN. The scenario for the interactive dialogue will be finalised by the April Steering Committee together with the selected speakers and made available by Wednesday, 22 April.

Similar to the previous negotiation sessions, a total of 12 seats with microphones will be allocated for the use by stakeholders on a rotational basis in the Conference Room 1. Additional seating for representatives of stakeholders will be available in the balcony area of the Conference Room 1. Please note that seating in the balcony area is very limited and available on a first come first served basis. All meetings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/. We do not yet have confirmation about an overflow room but will keep you updated on this.

Finally, we have reserved daily caucus meeting rooms for the use by stakeholders. Please note it is not the same room for all day; refer to the schedule for daily location. The room is available Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00pm. It can be reserved for use through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/April-Room-Reserve.

Daily coordination meetings for stakeholders Tuesday-Friday 8:30-9:30am


All stakeholders are welcome to join daily caucusing meetings on Tuesday-Friday from 8:30-9:30 am in Conference Room 6 in the UN Conference Building.

On Tuesday, 21 April, at 9:00 am, Mr. Alex Trepelkov, Director of the UN DESA Financing for Development Office or Ms. Shari Spiegel, Chief of the FFDO Policy Analysis and Development Branch, will brief the group on the FFD process. On Wednesday, 22 April, Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director of the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development will brief stakeholders on the Post-2015 IGN process.

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tahtinen | Major Groups 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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NGO MG Meeting Tomorrow, 1-2 pm, WEDO/CIVICUS, re: NGO MG Statement at IGN Interactive Dialogue

2015, 16 April, 1-2 pm NY

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

We are very pleased that Aldo Caliari, Director of Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern, will be speaking on behalf of the NGO Major Group at the IGN interactive dialogue taking place next Thursday, 23 April 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, Conference Room 1. Aldo is one of some 25 speakers invited to speak 2-3 minutes each.

Aldo is following the FfD negotiations this week at the UN, so we would like to call a meeting of NGOs to offer preliminary inputs for the NGO statement that Aldo will then draft for further review and discussion before the interactive dialogue next Thursday. FYI — Aldo will speak on the theme: Follow up and review on FfD and Means of Implementation and coherence between respective outcome documents, outstanding issues and way forward. 

The meeting will take place tomorrow, 16 April, 1-2 pm NY, at the WEDO/CIVICUS conference room, 355 Lexington Ave (between 41st & 40th St), 3rd Floor. Feel free to bring your lunch. Send me your skype address if you would like to participate remotely.

RSVP by Thursday 12 Noon, as I will need to submit your name in advance to the security desk in the lobby. Bring your photo ID.

INFORMATION ON IGN INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE:

The Co-Facilitators will convene an interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders engaged in the FfD and post-2015 processes on T hursday, 23 April 2015 from 10:00am-1:00 pm, during the joint April session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda (21-24 April 2015).

This session will focus on:
➢ The relationship between the Financing for Development (FfD) process and the post-2015 development agenda process, including i) global partnerships and possible key deliverables and transformative ideas in various goal areas ii) follow-up and review on FfD and Means of Implementation and iii) coherence between the post-2015 and FfD outcome documents;
➢ Substantive discussions on a technology facilitation mechanism and other science, technology and innovation issues. To facilitate a truly interactive dialogue, Member States will be invited and encouraged to participate actively throughout the dialogue. Speakers will be asked to respond to the following guiding
questions in their interventions:
➢ How can the FfD outcome most effectively reflect the level of ambition of the post-2015 agenda?
➢ What do you believe are the elements to be considered in forming effective and transformative global partnerships in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda?
➢ What do you envision being the most effective approach to the follow-up and review of Financing for Development commitments and the Means of Implementation targets included in SDG 17 and under each individual SDG?
➢ What would it take to have an effective technology facilitation mechanism and international technology cooperation in support of the SDGs and post-2015 development agenda?

Jeffery Huffines
NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
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Post-2015: programme for April joint post-2015 and FfD session (21-24 April)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS 

  Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2015
Subject: Post-2015: programme for April joint post-2015 and FfD session (21-24 April)
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

The programme for the joint April IGN session has been circulated by the co-facilitators of the post-2015 and FfD processes and is available at:

http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/04/100415_intergovernmental-negotiations-post-2015.pdf

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tahtinen | Major Groups 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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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS  Anjali Rangaswami <rangaswami@un.org>

Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

Subject: Extended to 8 April: Apply for Steering Committee for UNGA hearings on post-2015 agenda (26-27 May)

Dear colleagues, Please see below, information on the extended deadline for Applications for Steering Committee for UNGA hearings on post-2015 agenda (26-27 May). Apologies for cross-posting. Best wishes, Anjali Rangaswami, Major Groups Programme Outreach and Communications Branch, Division for Sustainable Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations | Room S-2615 | Email: rangaswami@un.org | Tel: +1 (212) 963-1201| sustainabledevelopme​nt.un.org

by Anjali Rangaswami/NY/UNO on 02/04/2015

“United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)” <info@un-ngls.org> To: rangaswami@un.org

Anjali Rangaswami <rangaswami@un.org>
Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2015
Subject: Fw: Extended to 8 April: Apply for Steering Committee for UNGA hearings on post-2015 agenda (26-27 May)
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Dear colleagues,

Please see below, information on the extended deadline for  Applications for Steering Committee for UNGA hearings on post-2015 agenda (26-27 May). Apologies for cross-posting.

Best wishes,
Anjali Rangaswami, Major Groups Programme
Outreach and Communications Branch, Division for Sustainable Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations | Room S-2615 | Email: rangaswami@un.org | Tel: +1 (212) 963-1201|    sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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Subject:        Extended to 8 April: Apply for Steering Committee for UNGA hearings on post-2015 agenda (26-27 May) 

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CORRECTION: Speaker Nominations for the April Session of the Post-2015 Interactive Dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders (new deadline 31 March)

 

Dear CPG4SD,

 

CORRECTION

Please be reminded to submit all your speaker nominations    for the 4th Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiation Session.

  Nominations has been extended until the 31st of March.  Nominations    can be submitted via this link:  http://tinyurl.com/April-Speakers
Best,
April

Subject: CORRECTION: Speaker Nominations for the April Session of              the Post-2015 Interactive Dialogue with Major Groups and              other stakeholders (new deadline 31 March)
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015
From: Natalie Lavan <lavan@un.org>

CORRECTION

Dear Colleagues,
Please be aware that the deadline        for        speaker nominations for  the April Interactive Dialogue with        Major        Groups and other stakeholders has been extended to 31 March          2015 (not        1 April as indicated in my earlier message)
You may submit your nominations        via        the following google doc: http://tinyurl.com/April-Speakers       Speakers will be selected the        following        week and announce on the Sustainable Development Knowledge        Platform Post-2015        page for the          April Session.  
If you DO NOT have UN Grounds Pass and        would        like to attend the 20-24 April post-2015 negotiations please        register online        for a special event ticket by following this          link.
We apologise for any cross        posting and        wish you a wonderful weekend.
Best,       UN-DESA
From:               Natalie Lavan/NY/UNO       To:                      Date:               27/03/2015 04:58 PM       Subject:               Reminder: Speaker        Nominations for the April Session of the Post-2015 Interactive        Dialogue        with Major Groups and other stakeholders

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 Share your views at the Asia-Pacific Online Consultation on Sustainable Development

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Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>  Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Subject: Share your views at the Asia-Pacific Online Consultation on Sustainable Development! To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,
Please find below a message from our ESCAP colleagues for your information/attention as well. Apologies for cross-posting,  Kind regards, Lotta

Dear Sir/ Madam,
You are invited to join the Asia-Pacific regional online consultation on sustainable development at  https://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/470371!

Your views shared at these online discussions will directly inform the background materials prepared for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development (16-18 May 2015, Bangkok) and will help to formulate civil society positions to be presented at the upcoming intergovernmental forums including the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development on 21-22 May 2015, Bangkok.
Currently, three discussion topics are open for your contributions:

- Translating general development goals to practical policies at home (Deadline: 15 April 2015):  For the post-2015 development agenda, it is important to “translate” the general goals and targets into country-specific policies and action plans. How can national and subnational policy makers and stakeholders translate the global goals into actionable policies and targets in their specific context?

- Development Justice – Principles, Goals, Targets, and Indicators of Post-2015 Development Agenda (Deadline: 15 April 2015):

In 2013, civil society in Asia Pacific gathered their demands and developed a new model of development – Development Justice. This consultation aims to solicit inputs and recommendations from Asia-Pacific civil society on the current negotiation on the goals and targets from the perspective of development justice.
- Civil Society’s views on the United Nations Environment Assembly (Deadline: 15 April 2015):

The United Nations Environment Assembly was established as an outcome of the Rio+20 to strengthen and upgrade the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as the leading authority to set the global environmental agenda. UNEP’s regional outreach for bi-annual global assembly presents an opportunity for civil society to shape and influence intergovernmental discussions and decision making on the environment. 
(* To contribute your views, a simple sign-in/ log-in is needed. If you have problems logging-in, you can send your inputs directly toregional.consultation@gmail.com with your name, organization, and the topic that you are contributing to, then we will post them online on your behalf.)

Take this opportunity to share the views of the people you represent. We look forward to having lively discussions with you!
(Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and colleagues in the region!)

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Post-2015 Event Invitation: Stakeholder consultation on the HLPF & sustainable development governance

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INVITATION
  Side Event on the HLPF and Sustainable Development Governance
Friday 27 March, 2015  
1:15-2:30 pm UN Conference Room 8
UN Headquarters, New York
REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE.
The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is to provide leadership, guidance, reviews and implementation on sustainable development within the United Nations system; and is therefore a critical entry-point to ensure delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and more broadly on the global post-2015 development agenda.This side event will launch a broad and inclusive consultation, online via the SD2015 website, and introduce a set of activities at the global, regional and national levels. The HLPF will be key to the success of sustainable development in general and the SDGs in particular. This consultation aims to promote further awareness of the HLPF and to collect the views of civil society and other non-government actors on what measures, architecture and engagement mechanisms would enable the advancement of an ambitious, effective, inclusive and strengthened HLPF.
SPEAKERS:
  • Ambassador Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Switzerland
  • Ambassador Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative, Brazil
  • Nikhil Seth, UN DESA/DSD
  • Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Special Governance Advisor
  • Naiara Costa, Beyond 2015
  • Moderated by Jeffery Huffines, UN Representative, CIVICUS

Please note that the event will be hosted at UN Headquarters and participants will need a valid grounds pass to gain admittance.

REGISTER HERE.
Stakeholders active in areas related to sustainable development will autonomously establish and maintain effective coordination mechanisms for participation in the high-level political forum
-General Assembly Resolution 67/290 on the organizational aspects of the HLPF-

 

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Programme for 25 March post-2015 negotiations dialogue with major groups and other stakeholders / link to provide feedback on draft indicators and revised targets

Dear CPG4SD,

Today in NYC at 10am to 1pm, an interactive dialogue will take place    between Member States and major groups and other stakeholders.

Those in NYC may attend in person in the Trusteeship Council    Chamber.  For those who are not in NYC can watch the webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.

The programme for the dialogue is available at http://bit.ly/25March-Final-Programme-p2015-stakeholder-dialogue.

Other information can be seen in the below (data from the email sent    by Susan Alzner of UN):

The following Member              State representatives have confirmed to serve as              respondents during this dialogue:             
  •     H.E. Mr.                  Morten Jespersen, Under-Secretary for Global                  Development and Cooperation, Denmark
  •     H.E.                  Ambassador Guilherme De Aguiar Patriota, Deputy                  Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United                  Nations
  •     Mr.                  Anthony Pipa, Lead Negotiator on the Post-2015                  Development Agenda, the Permanent Mission of the                  United States of America to the United Nations
  •     Mr.                  Stephan Contius, Head of Division, German Ministry for                  the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and                  Nuclear Safety
  •     H.E. Amb                  assador Abdulkalam Abdul Momen of the Permanent                  Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the                  United Nations
  •     H.E.                  Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of                  the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the                  United Nations
  •     H.E.                  Ambassador Marianne Loe, Special Envoy on the                  Post-2015 Agenda, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign                  Affairs
  •     Mr. Dámaso                  Luna, Deputy Director General for Global Issues of the                  Government of Mexico
  •     Mr.                  Olivier Brochenin, Head of Development policy Unit,                  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International                  Development, France
  •     H.E.                  Ambassador Do Hung Viet, Deputy Permanent                  Representative of th                  e Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the UN

UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD facilitated an 18              member Stakeholder                Steering Committee for this process. You may find              more information about how the process works in the              current call for nominations, for the April post-2015              negotiating session, which can be viewed here:http://bit.ly/20-24April-p2015-MGoS-dialogue-apply
In addition to facilitating the organization of the            interactive dialogue, UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are supporting            stakeholder inputs to the process through a call for fe            edback on:             1)  the recently released a technical              report by the Bureau of the United Nations Statistical            Commission (UNSC) on the process of the development of an            indicator framework for the goals and targets of the            post-2015 agenda;             2) the proposal              for updating 19 of the targets in the Open Working            Group on SDGs proposal, released on Monday by the            co-facilitators of the post-2015 negotiations.


Stakeholders can provide feedback on either of these            documents here.
Best,
April       for the Secretariat

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Urgent: Draft NGO Statement for review by 9 pm NY time

 

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS 

At the emergency meeting of the NGO MG held this morning we agreed to invite Ivonne Lobos Alva of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies to represent us at the interactive dialogue taking place tomorrow morning.

Based upon the NGO inputs received at the meeting and there after, please see below our proposed draft statement for your prompt review (please bear in mind that we get 2 minutes to speak).

With apologies for the brief window of time, contributions will be accepted until 9 pm NY time.
To comment:

  • Please add your inputs/amendments through the comments function
  • Include your name and organization
  • Be specific = propose actual wording you would like to see reflected in the statement
  • Be concise = the statement cannot be longer than 2 minutes
Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Twitter: @JefferyHuffines Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africawww.civicus.org.              

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Post-2015 April negotiating session: Apply for stakeholder Steering Committee and speaking roles (deadlines 25 and 29 March)

Dear CPG4SD,

      Nominations for the 4th Session of the Intergovernmental      Negotiations on April 20-24, 2015 in NYC is now open.
For those who are to nominate, please see below          the links for Steering Committee and for Speakers with their          deadlines:
Apply for the April stakeholder             
Steering Committee here: http://bit.ly/April-p2015-SC-apply
Deadline: 25 March
Nominate speakers here:
Deadline: 29 March
            For Steering Committee, below are the needed data for            nomination:

 

Complete Name:    Email address:    Organization:    Website of your organization:   Nationality:    Country of residence:   Gender:   Age:    Proficient in which language/s:

Telephone number:

Skype ID:  Mission Statement of your organization:

Why do you want to be a member of the Selection  Committee:

20-24 April negotiating session                  for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Apply for stakeholder steering                  committee and speaking roles
The UN DESA Division for                Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) Major Groups                Programme and UN-NGLS are facilitating stakeholder                Steering Committees to ensure broad and inclusive                participation of stakeholders in the negotiating                sessions on the post-2015 development agenda at UN                Headquarters in New York. DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS are also                conducting open and transparent nomination processes for                these Committees to select speakers for the post-2015                negotiating sessions, in accordance with the modalities                that are defined for the negotiations.
Submit Steering Committee                applications and speaker nominations now for the 20-24                April post-2015 negotiating session. This session will focus on Means                of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable                Development.
Apply for the April stakeholder                 
Steering Committee here: http://bit.ly/April-p2015-SC-apply
Deadline: 25 March
Nominate speakers here:               http://bit.ly/April-p2015-speaker-apply               Deadline: 29 March
For more information about the                post-2015 development agenda, please visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  
Lotta Tahtinen                     Major Groups Programme Coordinator                     Division for Sustainable
Development/DESA                     United Nations, S-2619                     E-mail: tahtinen@un.org


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Jeffery Huffines                         NGO Major Group Organizing Partner                         CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)                         Cell: +1 646-707-1060                         Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org                         Twitter: @JefferyHuffines                         Skype: jefferyvhuffines                           CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen                          Participation                         PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa                             www.civicus.orgÂ

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Post-2015: Document on targets

 

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

  Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org> Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2015
Subject: Post-2015: Document on targets To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Dear All,
Please find attached a document that the co-facilitators of the post-2015 process have circulated today on the targets,
Kind regards,
Lotta 
Lotta Tahtinen  Major Groups Programme Coordinator Division for Sustainable Development/DESA United Nations, S-2619 E-mail: tahtinen@un.org

 

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 Post-2015: Information about the March negotiating session (23-27 March)

 

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

 

  As we did during the February session: Daily coordination meetings for Major Groups and other stakeholders Monday-Friday 8:30-9:30am, Conf Rm 12. 
Nikhil Seth, Director DESA/DSD, will give a briefing on Monday. Francesca Perucci, Chief of the Statistical Services Branch of the DESA Statistics Division,will give a briefing on Tuesday.
  • Stakeholder advocacy trainingMonday, 23 March, 1:15 – 2:45pm, UN Secretariat, Rm 2726
  • Interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders, Wednesday, 10:00am to 1:00pm, Trusteeship Council Chamber.
  • Programme of work, co-facilitator letter on agenda, list of side events, technical report by UN Stats Commission & more info are available on  our website at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015
  • All meetings will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/. Overflow room, Conf Rm 11.
  Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org> Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2015
 Subject: Post-2015: Information about the March negotiating session (23-27 March) 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 23-27 March in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.
The programme of work, relevant documentation and a list of side events are available on  our website athttps://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.

On Wednesday, 25 March, there will be an interactive dialogue with representatives of Major Groups and other stakeholders from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.
Following an open call for applications, the March Stakeholder Steering Committee has selected the following speakers to intervene during the dialogue: (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/6624March%20Speaker%20List%20Website.pdf). The scenario for the interactive dialogue will be finalised by the March Steering Committee together with the selected speakers and is expected to be available on Monday, 23 March. 

Similar to the previous negotiating sessions, a total of 12 seats with microphones will be made available for the use of Major Groups and other stakeholders on a rotational basis in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. Additional seating for representatives of Major Groups and other stakeholders will be available in the balcony area of the Trusteeship Council Chamber. All meetings will also be webcast at
http://webtv.un.org/. The proceedings for the entire negotiations can also be followed in the overflow room, which is Conference Room 11. 

Finally, we have reserved daily caucus meeting rooms for the use of Major Groups and other stakeholders. Please note it is not the same room for all day; refer to the schedule for daily location. The room is available Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00pm. It can be reserved for use through the following link: 
http://tinyurl.com/Mar-Room-Reserve
Daily coordination meetings for Major Groups and other stakeholders Monday-Friday 8:30-9:30am There will be daily caucusing meetings organized by Major Groups and other stakeholders from 8:30-9:30 am in Conference Room 12 in the basement of the UN  Conference Building.
On Monday, 23 March, Nikhil Seth, Director, DESA Division for Sustainable Development, will give a briefing on the post-2015 agenda negotiations. On Tuesday, 24 March, Ms. Francesca Perucci, Chief of the Statistical Services Branch of the DESA Statistics Division, will brief on the preliminary indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda.
Stakeholder Trainings during the March Post-2015 Negotiations Monday, 23 March, 1:15 – 2:45pm Beyond2015, SD2015 and the Tellus Institute invite stakeholders to an advocacy training on how to successfully engage government delegates during the remaining post-2015 intergovernmental sessions: ‘Making your voice heard: How to influence the post-2015 development agenda’ Location: Room 2726 on the 27th floor of the UN Secretariat Building

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Post-2015: Information about the March negotiating session (23-27 March)

Dear CPG4SD,

        The 3rd session of the intergovernmental negotiations will be        held from March 23-27, 2015 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.         The programme together with other relevant documentation can be       
Please note that on the 25th of March at 10am to 1pm, during the        3rd session of intergovernmental negotiations, an interactive        dialogue with representatives of Major Groups and other        stakeholders will also take place in the Trusteeship Council        Chamber. 
List of the  speakers to intervene during the dialogue        can be found at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/6624March%20Speaker%20List%20Website.pdf.
Plese see below other details from an        email sent by Lotta:
Similar to the previous        negotiating sessions, a total of 12 seats with        microphones will be made available for the use of Major Groups        and other        stakeholders on a rotational basis in the Trusteeship Council        Chamber.       
Additional seating for representatives of Major Groups and other        stakeholders        will be available in the balcony area of the Trusteeship Council        Chamber.       
All meetings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.        The proceedings for the entire negotiations can also be followed        in the        overflow room, which is Conference Room 11.
Finally, we have reserved daily caucus meeting rooms for the use        of Major        Groups and other stakeholders. Please note it is not the        same room        for all day; refer to the schedule for daily location. The room        is available        Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00pm.
It can be reserved for        use through        the following link: http://tinyurl.com/Mar-Room-Reserve           
Daily coordination meetings for Major Groups and other          stakeholders
Monday-Friday          8:30-9:30am        There will be daily caucusing        meetings        organized by Major Groups and other stakeholders from 8:30-9:30        am in Conference          Room 12 in the basement of the UN  Conference Building.        
On Monday, 23 March, Nikhil Seth, Director, DESA Division for        Sustainable        Development, will give a briefing on the post-2015 agenda        negotiations.       
On Tuesday, 24 March, Ms.        Francesca Perucci,        Chief of the Statistical Services Branch of the DESA Statistics        Division,        will brief on the preliminary indicator        framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development        agenda
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Stakeholder Trainings during          the          March Post-2015 Negotiations
          Monday, 23 March, 1:15 – 2:45pm
Beyond2015, SD2015 and the Tellus        Institute        invite stakeholders to an advocacy training on how to        successfully engage        government delegates during the remaining post-2015        intergovernmental sessions:        ‘Making your voice heard: How to influence the post-2015        development agenda’           Location: Room 2726 on the 27th floor of the UN Secretariat          Building       Best,
April       for the Secretariat

 

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felix@felixdodds.net> Date: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Subject: 27 February, 2015 10:00 am -1:00pm ECOSOC Chamber Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: Making them work for the Post-2015 development agenda To: Felix Dodds <felix@felixdodds.net>

Dear Friends

As the issue of partnership is now coming up as the mechanism for implementation of the SDGs and the FfD process  on the 27 February, 2015 10:00 am -1:00pm ECOSOC ChamberMulti-stakeholder Partnerships: Making them work for the Post-2015 development agenda if you are interested read my blog http://earthsummit2012.blogspot.com/

It has a link to the background paper on partnership which I did for UNDESA for this meeting. The half-day session will be on UNTV so you can watch it.

Warmest regards

Felix Dodds: US mobile +13472073919  www.felixdodds.net

Email: felix@felixdodds.net

Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute University of North Carolina and Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute Boston

City of Bonn International Ambassador

Dear Friends

As the issue of partnership is now coming up as the mechanism for implementation of the SDGs and the FfD process  on the 27 February, 2015 10:00 am -1:00pm ECOSOC ChamberMulti-stakeholder Partnerships: Making them work for the Post-2015 development agenda if you are interested read my blog http://earthsummit2012.blogspot.com/

It has a link to the background paper on partnership which I did for UNDESA for this meeting. The half-day session will be on UNTV so you can watch it.

Warmest regards

Felix Dodds: US mobile +13472073919  www.felixdodds.net

Email: felix@felixdodds.net

Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute University of North Carolina and Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute Boston

City of Bonn International Ambassador

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Update 004-2015

 

Steering Committee applications and        speaker nominations for the 3rd Session of the        Post-2015 Intergovernmental negotiations on 23-27 March in NYC        is now open.  Important        links with specific deadlines are below.  The compilation of names of        nominees which CPG has gathered since last month can be found at        the end of this message.

 

Apply for the March            stakeholder Steering Committee here:

http://bit.ly/March-p2015-SC-Apply

Deadline: 26        February 

Nominate speakers            here:

http://bit.ly/March-p2015_Nominate-Speakers

Deadline for        funded speakers: 1 March

Deadline for        unfunded speakers: 8 March

The 2nd session of the P2015        Intergovernmental negotiations (with Aaron Ceradoy of APMM and        Eni Lestari of IMA) will commence tomorrow February 17 until the        20th to discuss the Declaration component.  Programme of work and the        elements paper for the Declaration can be accessed through: http://bit.ly/2015Declaration-Elements        while the preliminary list of side events to be held during the        session can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/P2015Feb-Side-Events.  The google document, where        Major Groups and other stakeholders inputted their comments can        also be found at: http://bit.ly/p2015_Declaration_Feedback.  Proceedings willalso be        webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.

 

During the 2nd session, on        February 19, an interactive dialogue with representatives of        Major Groups and other stakeholders will take place.  The scenario for the        dialogue, which will be finalized by the February Steering        Committee together with the selected speakers 21 speakers (http://bit.ly/19Feb-Speakers-MGoS), will        be made available tomorrow – February 17, 2015.

 

Here is the matrix of events with the        names of those who have expressed to be nominated and those who        were nominated.  I would        like to take this opportunity to ask again those whose names are        below to please send the following details to the Secretariat (secretariat@peoplesgoals.org)        together with a copy of your CV.

 

Complete Name:

Email address:

Organization:

Website of your organization:

Nationality:

Country of residence:

Gender:

Age:

Proficient in which language/s:

Telephone number:

Skype ID:

 

    Target CPG Rep
Dates/Fechas Topic/Temática CSO Steering Speakers
MARZO/March
4-5 Mar FfD Civil Society Informal                Interactive Session
9-20 Mar CSW
6-Mar PGA High-Level Thematic Debate                on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in                the Post-2015 Agenda Mónica Novillo (Coordinadora de                  la Mujer de Bolivia) Azra Talat Sayeed (Roots of                Equity)
23-27 Mar P2015 SD Goals and Targets Jiten Yumnam (CRAM) Eugene Ngalim (Cameroon)Salina Sanou (Acord                  International)Wali Haider(Roots of Equity)Tetet Lauron
ABRIL/APRIL
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 CastellanosEl Salvador Beverly LongidPaul Quintos
MAY
15 PGA  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
JUNE
15 – 19 FfD Drafting Session Georgina Munoz (RENICC)
22 – 25 P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on outcome document  Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN)  Tetet LAuron (CJ)
29 PGA High-level event on climate                change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)Fabiola Rios (Fundacion                Cordillera)
JULY
13-16 FfD Conference in Addis (with                preceding NGO Forum) Georgina Munoz (RENICC)  Vitalice Meja (RoA-Africa)
20-24 P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)
27-31 P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on the outcome document
September
15-28 70th Session of UNGA Jean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

 

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

 

In service,

 

April

for the Secretariat

http://peoplesgoals.org/

https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesGoals?ref=bookmarks

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  Information on EGM & Seminar on Indicator Framework / Statistics Division Briefing

 

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDER

We have received additional guidance regarding NGO participation at the Expert Group Meeting (EGM on 25-26 Feb) and Friday Seminar (27 Feb) both on the indicator framework, taking place in advance of the UN Statistical Commission. Also below are my informal notes of the briefing conducted by the UN Statistics Division on Thursday, 19 February 2015.
While invitations have been sent to a limited number of experts from UN Agencies and International Organizations, representatives of NGOs are welcome to attend both the EGM on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda on 25-26 February, and the Friday Seminar on 27 February as observers, as long as they are already in possession of a UN grounds pass to enter on UN premises (i.e., representatives of NGOs accredited with the Economic and Social Council or with the Department of Public Information).
While registration is not required for NGOs attending these two events as observers, please send me the names and contact information of the representatives that plan to attend any of the meetings at jeffery.huffines@civicus.org, in case there is need to send for further communications.

Please note that the proposal to establish an Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG-SGDs) is being presented to the Statistical Commission in its upcoming session by the Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress. See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc15/2015-2-BroaderMeasures-E.pdf.
According to the report, it is expected that “the existing global monitoring groups, generally composed of representatives of national statistical systems and experts from international agencies, working on specific indicators will contribute to the work of the Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, new global monitoring groups will be formed to bring together national and international experts for the selection and definition of indicators to monitor progress in new and emerging areas covered by new goals and new targets”.
See also the proposed Terms of Reference for the IAEG-SDG, which are included in Annex 1 of the report of the Friends of the Chair Group:
Proposed terms of reference for the Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal indicators
1.The Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal indicators will:
(a) Develop an indicator framework (and a list of indicators) for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda, taking into account existing efforts by different groups of countries and organizations to be adopted by the Statistical Commission;
(b) Guide the implementation of the approved indicator and monitoring framework, ensure the use of harmonized and agreed indicator definitions, share experiences with monitoring the sustainable development goals and encourage good practices and innovations, including in the area of national capacity-building;
(c) Regularly review methodological developments and issues related to the indicators and their metadata;
(d) Monitor and report on progress towards the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global and regional levels;
(e) Actively consider potential new data sources and explore the possibilities of partnerships with private companies, the research and academic community and civil society for data sharing;
(f) Regularly review capacity-building activities in statistical areas relevant to sustainable developmentgoal indicators and make recommendations to be considered by the High-level Group on post-2015 monitoring, the Statistical Commission and the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities;
(g) Review and support work by the Secretariat for thedevelopment of a sustainable development goal data-user forum, tools for data analysis and open dashboard on the state of sustainable development goals.
2. The group will consist of international agencies (which also represent existing monitoring groups) that are willing to support monitoring efforts in their area of expertise, the regional commissions and 10 to 15 representatives of national statistical systems (with at least a few of them on a rotating basis) which will ensure that the views of countriesare appropriately considered. The Statistics Division will be the secretariat of the group, which will elect two Co-Chairs, one from a national statistical office and one from an international agency. The existing global monitoring groups, generally composed of representatives of national statistical systems and experts from international agencies, working on specific indicators will contribute to the work of the Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal indicators. In addition, global monitoring groups will be formed bringing together national and international experts for the selection and definition of indicators to monitor progress in new and emerging areas covered by the new goals and targets.
3.The group will conduct its work in an open and inclusive manner and will invite the private sector and civil society to contribute its expertise and experiences on indicators and innovative ways of data compilation
4. The group will meet physically twice a year, and otherwise conduct its work electronically. Participation in the physical meetings is self-funded. A limited number of developing countries may receive funding, if available and according to practices followed in the Inter-Agency Expert Group on Millennium Development Goal indicators.
5.The group will report annually to the Statistical Commission. In its report the group will provide an annex listing the activities of various groups relevant for post-2015 monitoring.

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Informal notes on the the UN Statistics Division briefing — Stefan Schweinfest, Director of Statistics Comm
IGN #2 on Declaration
Thursday, 19 February 2015
The Stats Commission is in the business of official, global statistics. The Statistical Commission has 24 members – mostly chief statisticians. The other member states are able to participate as observers. For latest membership please see:http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc14/Membership-2014.pdf
This is a close knit community. For example, US delegation has been the same woman since 1991. The Commission has 15 hours to cover 40 agenda items, discussion and info items. There is no more than one hour per agenda item, the same is true for indicators. There is a report of indicators from Friends of the Chair group proposing to set up a process to support the development of a statistical architecture.
Side events are open to NGOs, some of them are closed board meetings. If you’re really interested in a closed meeting, ask one of the organizers permission to observe. The seminar on Friday, and high level forum on Monday is open to all NGOs with an UN badge. Friday is an informal seminar, there is no official list of participants. No conclusions, no report, no list of participants.
The Commission has only  one resolution this year, a census resolution, which is the same one adopted 10 years ago. Very rare resolutions. Normal outcome document is a report of decisions.
On indicators, there is the friends of the chair report, organized by Commission two years ago. Lays out basic road map. Stats have key concerns. The political/technical divide is respected. Keep it limited. No more than 100-150 global indicators from 193 countries. Stats community feels very strongly — assist national statistical systems.
The post-2015 co-facilitators have asked for a report for March meeting. The compromise is that the stats community has agreed to do some advance work on preliminary indicators proposals. The compromise is that it is preliminary, technical review of indicators, go at least until end of the year. There is a distinction to be made between a global indicator list and and indicator architecture. There will be sector reporting and national reporting, so  there will be a lot more indicators.
There will be an EGM that NGOs are free to attend. On EGM, have tried to invite experts who have worked on MDG indicators, int’l agencies on new areas, national stats systems engaged in MDG indicators process on national monitoring, and friends of the chair looking at the roadmap forward. EGM is not webcast but the Friday seminar is webcast.
The most important mechanism to be established by the Comm will be the establishment of an Inter-Agency Expert Group (IAEG) on SDGs, to come together for 15 years. It will be larger than the IAEG established for the MDGs, may have to establish working groups. NGOs have developed capacities in data and statistics, so some of you are well suited to work with these working groups through the UN agencies.
Q&A
  • Draft principles on environmental & economic accounting, that was adopted as a standard in 2012. Volume I is out there. Volume II still working on it.
  • Disaggregated data, leaving no one behind, very important. Quite a challenge for national stats systems, some have problems getting the data. However data is there but not properly analyzed.
  • Georeference data also very important. GGIM brings all national mapping agencies together, created in 2011. Fifth session 4th week of August. In many countries, these two information systems are completely separate, georeference & statistics. We hope that both systems are integrated for next census. We need information at the level at which policy decisions are made.
  • Subjective data hard to measure — OECD has working group on measuring subjective well-being components. At global level, we are behind on this. We have the Big Data Initiative, which part is helpful to complement official stats.
  • The balance between technical and political is difficult. Don’t want them to be completely separate, but stats community don’t want political interference in technical work. The policy work has to go first. We are often accused that we want only goals and targets that are currently measurable, this is not true. We need to find ways to measure things. After WWII needed much more reliable measures for economics, in 1990s needed better stats on environment. Sometimes we can measure it quantifiably but also qualitatively. The political has to lead, have the frame.
  • The baseline won’t be Jan 1 2016 for all areas. In some areas we still need to develop methodologies and collect data. This is not a cop out, but just a realistic assessment. Regarding MDGs, there were baselines in 1990, 2003, others 2005. Let’s get this right, not rush into something.
  • Parallel processes make him nervous, have ambition to bring it all together. Need to find ways to engage civil society better, we struggle with this.
  • I hope that sectoral expertise will flow into the Inter-Agency. If MDG group is a model, it is a group that has all relevant UN agency global data systems on board. For last 14 years, the UN has produced a report for SG every year. Do foresee a much more complex system.
  • Experience of MDGs, had thematic groups, gender, environment, poverty, hunger. Agencies were brought in who had something at stake, had experience and expertise to offer.
Q&A
  • On one hundred indicators, we would rather talk about an indicator architecture rather than an indicator list. There are different layers of monitoring: global, regional, national, sector, sub-national reports. All of these reporting systems will require different information bases. From local to global levels, the ideal is to have information equally available. The hundred indicators is more about the global monitoring. Have one key signal per area. An indicator, indicates something, doesn’t tell you exactly where you stand.
  • Staying away from technical proofing. Trying to identify indicators that would be support of monitoring this agenda. In some targets, there are 7 targets hiding. We have to have different layers of report. Need to have decide on key signals that are comparable across the globe.
  • Stats are not reductionist, we have to warn people that in next year or 5 years we won’t have all of this information.
  • We need to figure out how to do this at the national level. Suggesting that countries should constitute some sort of sustainable development data council, to decide for each country what is there development agenda.
  • On Data Revolution, SG panel came up with very good publication which is before the Stats Comm — 75 recommendations. Have to decide which ones to take first. Civil society can now tell us what to measure. Civil society was key in raising awareness among women’s ministries and statisticians. Civil society tells us what needs to be done, and UN & governments provide the tools.
  • Global data is typically an aggregation of national data, but not always the case.
  • On issue of measuring the targets, not all elements need to be addressed by indicators.

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