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Forum-ids.org • APRIL 2014

Welcome to the special
post-2015 edition of Forum’s
e-newsletter!

Forum’s post-2015 key messages document created for members

Forum has created a key messaging document on volunteering for development. The document entitled, Key messages on the role of volunteerism in shaping and implementing an inclusive and sustainable development agenda for the future, is intended for Forum members for use in their advocacy efforts.
http://forum-ids.org/2014/04/key-messages-on-the-role-of-volunteerism/

This e-newsletter will highlight some suggestions on using these messages effectively at a national level in the “How you can get involved” section below.

Forum and the post-2015 development agenda highlights

Forum has made a number of submissions to key post-2015 dialogues since the last e-newsletter; details are shared in this edition. 

How you can get involved

Members are encouraged to think about what opportunities there are, or can be created in their country to influence their government to support volunteering in the post-2015 agenda. Some members may decide that working with NGOs and other partners to make a joint approach to members of parliament or government officials is useful, others may have contacts in their country missions to the UN in New York whom they can contact, while others may want to work individually to raise awareness of the importance of volunteering to people-centred development and the need to see this reflected in the post-2015 Goals. There are a number of UN online processes that members can engage in. You may find it useful to do a mapping exercise of key events and prioritise ones that their organisation should or could attend and/or where messages can be shared virtually or via other means. 

We hope the messages in Forum’s post-2015 key messages document will be of some use in your advocacy whether this is by email/mail or in-person. 

Useful resources

UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS):
http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?page=sommaire

The World We Want:
www.worldwewant2015.org

Volunteer Action Counts:
www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en/post-mdg/announcements

Forum Discussion Paper 2012: MDGs, Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 agenda: opportunities for consolidating the recognition of volunteerism, Forum, United Nations Volunteers:
http://forum-ids.org/2012/08/forum-discussion-paper/

A request that if you have a mapping document available, or an advocacy strategy or plan related to post-2015 we ask that you please email the Forum Coordinator info@forum-ids.org, It would also be helpful if you could let us know if your organisation is ECOSOC accredited and therefore able to participate in UN activities for civil society.

We will continue to keep you posted on this complex but important process as we move forward.

Forum has contributed to the following key dialogues in the past month

Submission One, 3rd March, 2014:

Forum message in response to: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage! High Level and Thematic Debates of the President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly

  • A Facebook message was shared by Forum to John W. Ashe President of the 68th Session of United Nations General Assembly "Setting the Stage".
  • An edited version of this message was also added to the Forum news page on the 4th March, 2014 and can be found here: http://forum-ids.org/?p=6688

Submission Two, 14th March, 2014:

Forum responded to the “focus areas document” as prepared by The Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • There were two options for submitting feedback to the focus areas document:
    1.     Via feedback to the overall document (400 words).
    2.     Via feedback on specific focus areas (400 words each).
  • Forum submitted both overall feedback to the document, as well as, feedback addressing four specific focus areas:
    1. Focus area response on 5 – gender equality and women’s empowerment.
    2. Focus areas response on 12 – promoting equality.
    3. Focus areas response on 19 – peaceful and non-violent societies, capable institutions.
    4. Focus areas response on 18 – means of implementation.

Submission Three, 28th March, 2014:

Forum prepared a submission to the draft report on Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals as prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative of the United Nations.  

More useful post-2015 resources

The Paris Accord for Volunteering in Development, The International Forum for Volunteering in Development: http://forum-ids.org/news/sign-up-to-the-paris-accord/

Volunteer Action Counts (stakeholder engagement):
http://www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en/post-mdg/stakeholder-engagement.html

Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals: options for sustained and inclusive growth and issues for advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015, Annual report of the Secretary-General: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/untaskteam_undf/sgreport.pdf

The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, United Nations Volunteers, 2011:
http://bit.ly/OjqMBj

The Future We WantOutcome Document:
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1298

 

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