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Next steps for the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

arton4518During the months of July and August 2014, work concluded for three distinct post-Rio+20 processes that together lay a foundation for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda: the OWG on SDGs, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) and the GA Structured Dialogues on possible arrangements for a technology facilitation mechanism. Building toward next year’s negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda, a number of events and processes will occur during the remaining months of 2014 that include roles for civil society.

These include:

Ongoing: UN Development Group (UNDG) Dialogues on Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. UN-NGLS is co-leading the “Partnerships with Civil Society” component of this project, along with UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Millennium Campaign, and UN Volunteers. This component involves eight national dialogues, a global event taking place in Cambodia in October 2014, and an e-Discussion. UN-NGLS recently led the production of an interim summary about the dialogues conducted so far for this initiative. Complete information is available here.

1-4 September: The UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place in Apia, Samoa, with approximately 100 side events slotted for the week. Click here for UN-NGLS’s report on the SIDS PrepCom. This PrepCom produced the SAMOA Pathway draft outcome document.

10 September: The President of the General Assembly (PGA) will host an “Interactive Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High­level Stock­taking Event on the Post­2015 Development Agenda,” taking place in the Trusteeship Council at UNHQ in New York from 1:15­ - 2:30 pm. Civil society may submit written input to this meeting via UN-NGLS before 29 August. More information is available here.

11-12 September: The PGA’s High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, taking place in the Trusteeship Council at UNHQ, will reflect on the various post-2015 development-related processes to date, and provide input to the Secretary-General’s synthesis report, which is expected to be released in November 2014.

16 September: The Sixty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly convenes. The General Debate will begin on 24 September under the theme, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

22-23 September: The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will take place at UN Headquarters. The consultations and interactive hearings that have taken place so far have included discussions on Indigenous priorities for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda. More information is available here.

23 September: The 2014 UN Climate Summit will take place, convened by the UN Secretary-General. UN-NGLS iconducted a nomination process to select civil society representatives to speak and attend the Summit. The deadline for nominations was 15 August. UN-NGLS facilitated a civil society Selection and Drafting Committee to short-list 76 candidates to forward to the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team (CCST) for their consideration. The CCST subsequently selected 4 speakers and 34 additional attendees to receive invitations to the Summit. More information is available here.

September 2014: The Financing for Development (FfD) preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development will begin in September 2014 as mandated by the General Assembly resolution 68/279. In the resolution, the requested modalities included developing a programme of work for consultations with a maximum of eight days, plus two days for informal interactive hearings with civil society and the business sector, between September 2014 and March 2015. The output will be summaries to inform the Conference, with other important inputs being the report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, the Open Working Group’s outcome document, and the Secretary-General’s synthesis report. The FfD Conference will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13-16 July 2015.

Establishing modalities for the Post-2015 development agenda Summit and preparatory process: Intergovernmental consultations are underway with UN Member States to establish modalities for the post-2015 development Summit, and will continue in early September. This process is co-facilitated by H.E. Ambassador Robert Guba Aisi of Papua New Guinea and H.E. Ambassador Ib Petersen of Denmark. After beginning his term on 16 September, the 69th President of the General Assembly, Mr. Sam Kutesa, will appoint Co-Facilitators to conduct intergovernmental consultations on the modalities for the negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda. It is anticipated that the Post-2015 Summit modalities will call for the consultation process on the modalities for the negotiations to be completed by the end of 2014. It is further anticipated that the negotiations will begin in early 2015.

Additional Information

As outlined in a 28 July letter from Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, to Major Groups and other Stakeholders, the UN Secretary-General will produce a synthesis report this fall that will build on the outcomes of the OWG on SDGs, the ICESDF, and other inputs to the post-2015 process, “as a contribution to the intergovernmental process, and with a view to ensuring that the level of ambition of this transformative agenda is delivered on the ground.” The Secretary-General’s synthesis report is expected to be released in November 2014.

Ms. Mohammed also indicated that the Regional Economic Commissions are leading accountability consultations. On 15-16 September, the UN Economic Commission for Europe will hold a Regional Ministerial Consultation on Monitoring and Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Information is available here.

On 29 August, the Secretary-General announced the 24 members of an Independent Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. Information about this group and the list of members can be found here.

UN-NGLS will continue to keep civil society informed of opportunities to engage in post-2015 development agenda events and processes. Please be sure to sign up to our email list and social media channels using the buttons in the left column of this web page to stay updated on the latest news.


This article is also available in French.

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