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8-9 April 2015 Financing for Development UN General Assembly Hearings

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At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the co-facilitators of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the UN DESA Financing for Development Office (FFDO), UN-NGLS facilitated civil society participation in the 8-9 April UN General Assembly hearings in preparation for the FfD3 Conference, through an open, transparent and participatory process with a civil society Steering Committee. Hearings with the business sector were held on 8 April and hearings with civil society were held on 9 April in Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters. Each day featured a high-level opening ceremony with representatives of both business and civil society.

These hearings provided the first opportunity for a diversity of stakeholders to provide feedback on the zero draft of the outcome document for the FfD3 Conference. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) aims to reinvigorate and strengthen the financing for development framework as well as support the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda currently being negotiated by Member States.

The programme for the 9 April civil society hearings is available here: http://bit.ly/9April-FfD-CSO-Hearings-Final-Programme. Links to civil society statements from the hearings are available at the bottom of this article. The concept note is available here. The programme for the 8 April business sector hearings can be found here. Videos of the civil society hearings and the business sector hearings are available here.

9 April interactive hearings with civil society

Please scroll down to the bottom of this article for links to the civil society statements.

10:00-10:30am - Opening Plenary
 H.E. Mr. Nicholas Emiliou, Acting President of the UN General Assembly, 69th session
Ms. Tessa Khan, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
Mr. Nazeem Martin, Managing Director, Business Partners Ltd.

10:30-11:45am - Roundtable Discussion 1
Domestic public resource mobilization, including international tax cooperation
Co-moderated by Ambassador Geir O. Pederson of Norway and Corina Rodriguez Enriquez - National Council of Research (Conicet-Argentina), DAWN
Mr. Sameer Fazal Dossani - ActionAid International
Ms. Tove Maria Ryding - European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad)
Ms. Norhan Sherif Mokhtar - Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights
Mr. Kudakwashe Dube - International Disability and Development Consortium; Africa Disability Alliance; International Disability Alliance
Member State respondents:
Mr. Thulani Nyembe, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN
Mr. Anne Poorta, Post-2015 Coordinator, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN
Mr. Andalib Elias, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN
Ms. Michiko Miyano, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN
Ms. Kyla Brooke, Economic Advisor, Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the UN
Lead civil society respondent:  
 Mr. Nicholas Lusiani - Center for Economic and Social Rights
11:45am-1:00pm - Roundtable Discussion 2
International public finance, including ODA and innovative sources of finance
Moderated by Mr. Emad Adly - Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED)
Mr. Claudio Guedes Fernandes - ABONG- Brazilian Association of NGOs
Ms. Shantal Munro- Knight - Caribbean Policy Development Centre
Ms. Cristina Diez Saguillo - International Movement ATD Fourth World
Ms. Mbathio Samb - IDEP (African Institute for Economic Development and Planning); CERAG (Centre d'Etude et de Recherche-Action sur la Gouvernance) and DAWN
Member State respondents:
H.E. Ambassador HAHN Choong-hee, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN
Mr. Magnus Lennartsson - Minister, Economic and Social Affairs, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN
Mr. Jens Ole Bach Hansen, Counsellor - Economic Affairs, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN
Mr. Gabriel Normand, Focal point for ECOSOC, macroeconomic issues and Financing for Development, 2nd Committee, Permanent Mission of France to the UN
Lead civil society respondent:
Mr. Rodrigo Gouveia of International Cooperative Alliance
3:00-4:30pm - Roundtable Discussion 3
Systemic issues, including global economic governance and external debt
Co-moderated by one of the co-facilitators and Mr. Aldo Caliari - Center of Concern/CIDSE
Ms. Anne Elisabeth Schoenstein - Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
Ms. Lydinyda Nacpil - Jubilee South - Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development
Ms. Marina Fe B. Durano - Asian Center at University of the Philippines-Diliman and DAWN
Mr. Eric LeCompte - Jubilee USA Network
Lead civil society respondent:
Mr. Richard Darko Amparbeng, Public Service Workers Union, Ghana
4:30-6:00pm - Roundtable Discussion 4
International trade and investment, including private finance
Moderated by Mr. Mark Langevin - Public Services International
Mr. Stefano Prato - Society for International Development (SID)
Ms. Maria Del Carmen Gonzalez - Confederacion General Del Trabajo Argentina
Mr. Gyekye Tanoh - Third World Network Africa
Ms. María José Romero - Eurodad
Member State respondents:
Mr. William José Calvo, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN
Mr. Salvador De Lara Rangel, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN
Lead civil society respondent:  
Mr. Matti Tapani Kohonen - Christian Aid

Statements by civil society at the hearings:

Opening - Tessa Khan - APWLD
Panel 1 - Sameer Dossani - ActionAid International
Panel 1 - Tove Maria Ryding - Eurodad
Panel 1 - Norhan Sherif Mokhtar - Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights
Panel 1 - Kudakwashe Dube - Africa Disability Alliance
Panel 1 - Nicholas Lusiani - Center for Economic and Social Rights
Panel 2 - Claudio Fernandes - ABONG
Panel 2 - Shantal Munro Knight - Caribbean Policy Development Centre
Panel 2 - Cristina Diez - International Movement ATD 4th World
Panel 2 - Mbathio Samb - DAWN - English
Panel 2 - Mbathio Samb - DAWN - French
Panel 3 - Anne Schoenstein - AWID
Panel 3 - Lidy Nacpil - Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development
Panel 3 - Marina Durano - DAWN
Panel 3 - Eric LeCompte - Jubilee USA Network
Panel 3 - Richard Amparbeng - Public Service Workers Union Ghana
Panel 4 - Stefano Prato - Society for International Development
Panel 4 - Marita Gonzalez - Confederacion General Del Trabajo Argentina
Panel 4 - Maria Jose Romero - Eurodad
Roberto Bissio - Social Watch - Opening - 8 April FfD business hearings

Civil Society Steering Committee for the FfD3 interactive hearings

Civil society representatives applied to serve on a Steering Committee for the FfD3 hearings in response to an open call from UN-NGLS here (deadline was 10 March): http://bit.ly/FfD3-SC-Apply. An open call for applications for civil society speakers was also issued (deadline was 15 March): http://bit.ly/FfD3-hearings-CSO-speaker-apply. All applications received for the speaking roles can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/FfD3-Speaker-App-Received.

The civil society Steering Committee members were:

Aldo Caliari - Center of Concern
Andrew Hanauer - Jubilee USA Network
Au'Birthly ("PEFI") Kingi - Vagahau Niue Trust
Chibeze Sunday Ezekiel - Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND)
Daniel LeBlanc OMI - VIVAT International / OMI
Gérald Volcy - Action Communautaire de Solidarité et d’Intervention Sociale (ACSIS)
Jean Saldanha - CIDSE/ Addis Ababa NGO Coordination Group
Jennifer Narcisa Del Rosario Malonzo - IBON International
Jesse Liam Griffiths - Eurodad
Kate Lappin - Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
Martin Tsounkeu - ADIN - Africa Development Interchange Network
Matthew Simonds - International Trade Union Confederation
Mcleo Mapfumo - Zimbabwe United Nations Association
Mohammad Muntasim Tanvir - Global Campaign for Education / ActionAid International
Nathan Charles Coplin - New Rules for Global Finance
Nerea Craviotto Ortega - AWID / Women's Working Group on FfD
Nicole ALIX - The Mont-Blanc Meetings - International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs
Prakash Tyagi - GRAVIS
Rachele Tardi - International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and International Disability Alliance (IDA)
Ravi M. Ram - Amref Health Africa
Yvon Poirier - RIPESS-Intercontinental Network for the Promoton of Social Solidarity Economy

The Committee also decided upon the themes for the panel discussions and drafted the descriptive text for each of the programme for the civil society hearings.

For more information about civil society participation in the FfD3 Conference process, please visit: http://bit.ly/FfD3-NGLS

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