SD2015 e-Newsletter October 2014 - SPECIAL ISSUE: UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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Issue 6 - October 2014

This special issue of the SD2015 e-newsletter will share updates on what happened in New-York during the opening of the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) from 23-26 September 2014. 


CLIMATE SUMMIT, 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
The UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit on the 23rd September has sparked renewed momentum for an ambitious and critical climate agreement in 2015. Nearly $1.32 billion was pledged for the Green Climate Fund, led by France with $1 billion, and with Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, South Korea and Switzerland also making commitments. China committed on delivering more South-South cooperation. However many countries, including China, Brazil, and India, raised the issue of ‘Common But Differentiated Responsibility’ (CBDR) in tackling climate change. Will these big polluters continue to hide behind this term and resist taking needed action to address climate change?
 
On the civil society side, there was a widespread media attention on climate change marches that took place all around the world, with the largest march in New York where nearly 400,000 people took to the streets ahead of the UN Climate Summit.  We hope that this momentum will continue to grow, to ensure that climate change will be back near the top of political agendas by 2015. Next step: COP20 this year in Peru.
 
More information on the climate change negotiations and meetings can be found here: http://unfccc.int/meetings/lima_dec_2014/meeting/8141.php
 
**WHAT COMES NEXT? ** INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND UN PROCESSES 
 
REOPENING THE OPEN WORKING GROUP (OWG) OUTCOME DOCUMENT OR NOT
Governments are divided as to whether the Open Working Group Outcome Document proposing 17 goals and 169 targets should be agreed as the final post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or whether this framework should be reopened for intergovernmental negotiations in January. Many countries, including most of G77, Germany, France and Switzerland want to keep the OWG goals and targets as they are, whereas the UK, Canada and Sweden among others want to reduce the goals to a maximum of 10 or 12.
 
To find out more about some of the arguments for and against reopening the OWG Outcome Document, take a look at this interesting analysis of some the possible advantages and risks from WWF.
More on the UNGA debates.

SECRETARY GENERAL'S POST-2015 SYNTHESIS REPORT 
Amina Mohammed and her team have been commissioned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to release a post-2015 synthesis report in November or December this year to feed into government negotiations. Aside from providing inputs on SDGs, the report is also expected to comment on sustainable development financing and means of implementation.

NEW PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND POST-2015 CONSULTATIONS
The newly elected President of the General Assembly is Sam Kutesa from Uganda. You can read his opening statement as the incoming President here. Mr Kutesa has now started appointing his post-2015 advisory team, details of the team can be found online.  
The President is planning to host a series of thematic post-2015 consultations and debates over the next 12 months.
 
The SD2015 team will be providing full details of these discussions and how to get involved on our website in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on www.sd2015.org.

UN SECRETARY GENERAL DATA REVOLUTION GROUP
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked an Independent Expert Advisory Group to make concrete recommendations on bringing about a data revolution in sustainable development. The website for the group went live on Friday 26 September 2014 and is to be a key forum for consultation and interaction. The group welcomes any suggestions, papers, blogs and pod casts via the ‘useful documents’ section on the site.
 
Find out more about this group and how to get involved in their consultation: http://www.undatarevolution.org/ 

FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE PLANNED IN JULY 2015 IN ADDIS ABABA
Preparations for the Financing for Development (FfD) conference will be led by two co-chairs, Guyana and Norway. Six meetings will take place between October and March on different substantive issues. Though topics and format still need to be finalised by the chairs, we can confirm there will be two hearings, one for civil society and one for private sector. The first negotiating session will be held in January in New York, then throughout spring in the lead up to the conference which will be held in in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July next year.
 
More information on the conference is available here: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/
 
FINAL DECISION ON MODALITIES OF THE POST-2015 SUMMIT (SEPTEMBER 2015)
The final text of the post-2015 summit modalities is now available online. It indicates that there will be a series of thematic consultations in the lead up to the Summit where civil society will have opportunity to engage and input.
Consult the text here

OPEN LETTER FROM SOME OF THE HIGH LEVEL PANEL MEMBERS
With one year to go until the summit where heads of state and government will agree on a new global agenda for inclusive, sustainable development that will build on the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the High-Level Panel (HLP) has presented an open letter to the UN Secretary-General.
 
One year on since they issued their report, the HLP recognises that there is much to celebrate: the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) has made a proposal for universally applicable goals and the Intergovernmental Expert Committee on Sustainable Development Financing is making vital contributions to identifying how to make them happen. However, the open letter of the HLP underlines key issues that will need to be taken into account for a successful Post-2015 agenda. The letter can be found here.
 
LATEST SD2015 AND POST-2015 NEWS AND EVENTS
BEYOND2015 COPENHAGEN CSO CONFERENCE, UN CITY, COPENHAGEN, 13-14 NOVEMBER 2014
The Beyond2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will be a key moment for global civil society to take stock of progress made on the creation of the post-2015 framework and influencing the final stage of negotiations, raising the ambition and ensuring that governments are committed to an ambitious, transformative agenda which tackles the key issues of our time.
 
More at http://beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-2014  
 
PHILIPPINE CSOS ADVOCATE FOR POST-2015 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
In September 2014, SD2015 partner CODE-NGO held a national CSO conference “Sustainable Development 2015” in Quezon City, Philippines. The CSO participants called on the Philippines government to define a meaningfully inclusive and participatory process in the national and international agenda, setting processes for the new global development goals, and asked that the government open up its decision-making processes and help ensure that this new global development agenda will truly address the needs of the people.
 
More at http://code-ngo.org/home/archive/43-front/385-philippine-csos-advocate-for-post-2015-sustainable-development-goals.html
 
Send us your last news, event information or blog post at post2015@civicus.org.

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