By Alessandra Nilo, coordinator of the NGO Gestos HIV - Communication and Gender, co-director of ABONG - and member of the high-level Working Group of the CIPD.
From Rhetoric to Action: Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society in the Post-2015 Agenda
This past September, the world followed the 68th General Assembly of the UN, during which the results of the process known as the "post-2015 agenda" were presented, a process which will culminate in the adoption of new targets for global sustainable development in a summit in 2015.
The task presented and adopted by governments for the next few years is far from simple and poses enormous challenges for civil society, which has worked to influence this agenda, both at the political level with governments, and through its participation in various forms of consultations devised by the United Nations. In this sense, the 68th General Assembly was an important step for us to present our demands and proposals, which are covered in this issue of newsletter of the International Forum of Platforms.
During this event governmental speeches stressed, with a large variety of nuances, that, contrary to what happened with the Millennium Development Goals, this time no one would be "left behind". The proposal makes sense, since the challenge of eradicating poverty remains valid: one-eighth of the world's population still survives in extreme poverty, and we are already paying a high price for economic gains at the expense of the environment, and a deregulated financial system that has partly contributed to increase inequalities.
A fairer and therefore more sustainable world requires an intense and effective participation of its inhabitants. These are the voices that civil society must be convey to governmental negotiations in the meeting rooms and corridors where they occur, whether in New York, in Chile or the Philippines. These voices are present in this newsletter and can be used as a starting point.
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A Call for Justice 2015
“The economy is growing, but poverty is increasing. Clearly, we need to change the way we define progress”, said one participant in a community meeting in Nigeria on development priorities. This was among the key messages shared by civil society representatives from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe at the United Nations Headquarters ahead of the UN Special Event where Governments debated what should follow the Millennium Development Goals after their 2015 deadline. Read the Press release following the Side event: Civil Society Voices on Post 2015: Message from the National Level
Following the publication of the Report of the High Level Panel of the UN, many organizations have mobilized to produce responses that contribute to the improvement of this document. Thus, the evolution of ideas related to the next agenda was welcomed, but civil society asks the High Level Panel to build a more ambitious framework than it is to the current time, a framework that is facing respect for human rights and less to economic growth as a source of development.
Civil Society Call for a Fair & Sustainable Future
The IFP´s Council Position Paper on the Post- 2015 Development Agenda « Civil Society’s Call for a Fair and Sustainable Future » was presented end of September 2013 during the UN General Assambly, and especially during the side event co-organised by the IFP, Beyond 2015, GCAP and CIVICUS on September 23rd : “Civil Society Voices on Post-2015: Messages from the National Level”..Read more
Reports from Beyond 2015, GCAP and the IFP’s Civil Society Deliberations
From September 2012, the IFP, the Beyond 2015 Campaign and GCAP have been collaborating in order to influence the process of construction of the post-2015 development framework. This work aims at promoting a more inclusive and participative process for a future that concerns us all. Civil Society Organizations’ goal is to amplify the voices of people directly affected by poverty and injustice and their perspectives on a future global framework.
Post-2015 Agenda: Civil Society’s Demands from 39 Countries
::From our members
Post 2015 Outcome Document Approved
By Bond, UK and the Beyond 2015 Campaign
The initial reaction of the Beyond 2015 campaign was to welcome the outcome document and congratulate member states on coming to a negotiated agreement. Beyond 2015 welcomed "the potential for transformational change in 2015".
Neva Frecheville, co-chair of Beyond 2015, said: “Member states have shown political impetus and set a roadmap forward. What we need now is action to deliver positive change in the lives of the poorest and most marginalised. Ensuring that all people are able to participate in the decisions which will affect their lives is key.” Read More
Post-2015: Civil Society's Deliberations in Nigeria
By Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi, NNNGO Nigeria Network of NGOs
The opportunity to shape the new global development framework was seized by different actors within the civil society sector in Nigeria. Major Networks such as Campaign 2015+, Beyond 2015, GCAP-Nigeria including the Nigeria Network of NGOs took the bull by the horn in consulting with their stakeholders on the “world we want”.
Regional CSO consultations organized by Campaign 2015+ with the support of Beyond 2015 created an avenue for a cross section of ideas, input, suggestions and recommendations from the wider civil society community in Nigeria. Outcomes of global and continental meetings also provided useful background for the successful implementation of the regional consultations in Nigeria.
Series of online discussions and consultations were also held by various civil society organizations on twitter, Facebook and Google hangout. A National deliberation event organized by the United Nations Millennium Campaign and its partners along with a high level participation of relevant Government agencies provided the platform for civil society organization’s in the country to put on the table their findings, thoughts and recommendations on how the world should look like after 2015.
Discussions were robust, sincere and focused on what the aspirations of the common man were including the realities on the ground in terms of the attainment of the MDGs. Series of positions and consensus were reached during many of the deliberations, majority of which formed part of the discussions and assisted in shaping outcomes of the national deliberations.
CCONG Colombia Stresses the Importance of Regional Articulation in Consultations for the Post-2015
By Hugo Fanton, ABONG
The national consultations carried out in the context of Post-2015 Campaign (also known as Beyond 2015 or Más Allá del 2015) engaged civil society in different parts of the world. In Latin America, the Mesa de Articulación (MESA ) also participated, as well as some of its member national platforms, in order to establish a framework with a set of objectives that will enable all stakeholders to work collectively in the transformation of reality.
To address this and other issues, the IFP website interviewed Diana Verdugo, adviser to CCONG - the Colombian Confederation of NGOs.
September 2013 UNGA: Non-extreme Poverty and the Missing Money
By Sugeng Bahagijo, INFID- International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development
For the first time, I attended the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from 23rd to 27th of September in New York, alongside at least 15 Indonesian CSOs covering issues such as youth, disabled people, women, interfaith and development finance. My mission was to participate in the UN summit on the MDGs and the post-2015 discussion as well as in many CSOs meetings. Probably, the best news from the UNGA consists of two agreements made during the summit: first, member states agreed that there would be only one single set of goals to replace the MDGs after 2015. Meaning that MDGs and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) will not be in two separate documents. Second, member states decided that next September 2015, the UN would hold a Summit to agree on a new set of global goals, as a successor of the MDGs expiring in 2015.
Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III)
21-23 October 2013, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
The Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) will convene under the theme of: Africa on the rise: can the opportunities from climate change spring the continent to transformative development? The Conference will address a number of sub-themes that aim to share experiences, disseminate research results and assess how Africa is coping with the impacts of climate change.
Ninth Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters
21-25 October 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
The ninth session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will meet, in accordance with UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) decision 2013/239, to discuss, among other things, issues related to the next update of the UN Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries.
8th - 15th November, Johannesburg, South Africa
International Civil Society Week: Citizen Action, People Power
International Civil Society Week brings together a series of conferences, workshops and meetings which will bring civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and activists together to address some of the more pertinent issues facing global civil society today. Coming just two months after the UN General Assembly meetings in New York, this week of strategizing, dialogue and mobilisation will be a key milestone and space for global civil society to chart a route forward regarding how to bring real citizen voice, accountability and mobilisation into the newly emerging development vision.
Development and Climate Days at COP 19
16-17 November 2013, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
The Development and Climate Days will convene on the margins of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Days are organized by the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Read More
Civil Society Conference Eastern Partnership Reality Check: Political Challenges and Future Agenda for Civil Society
27-29 November 2013, Vilnius, Lituania
Is an official event by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will take place on the eve of the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit. The participants of the conference will focus on the main challenges faced by the civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries and the ways of supporting it through increasing its operational capacity and enhancing the civil society’s participation in the decision-making processes.
Seventh Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 7)
6-10 January 2014 ,New York City, US
The seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 6-10 January 2014, in New York, US. OWG 7 is expected to discuss: Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and Climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).