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Post-2015

  Post-2015 development agenda and SDGs

As the 2015 target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, a wide range of activities are being undertaken by UN Member States, the UN system, civil society organizations, academia, research institutions and others on identifying the shape and priorities of a post-2015 development agenda.

The MDGs encapsulate eight globally agreed concrete goals, with time-bound targets and indicators for measuring progress in the areas of: poverty alleviation, education, gender equality and empowerment of women, child and maternal health, reducing HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases, environmental sustainability, and building a Global Partnership for Development.

At the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly to review progress towards the MDGs, Governments called not only for accelerated progress towards achieving the MDGs, but also for new thinking on ways to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

This is the origin of the discussions now underway on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. There is wide consensus that the United Nations is the most inclusive and comprehensive platform for putting a global development agenda together and for bringing to the table the views of all Governments and a range of other stakeholders, from civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutes, to philanthropic foundations and international institutions.

In addition, the Rio+20 Conference established a 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In September 2014, the Group submitted its report (A/68/970) to the UN General Assembly, which adopted a resolution deciding that the report would be the main basis for integrating the SDGs in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Rio outcome document also called for the establishment of an Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on a Sustainable Development Financing Strategy, which submitted its report (A/69/315) on options for an effective sustainable development financing strategy to the 69th session of the General Assembly in September 2014.

The Secretary-General will submit a synthesis report to the General Assembly on the available inputs to the post-2015 development agenda by the end of 2014.

On 25 September 2013, a full-day special event towards achieving the MDGs took place. Member States adopted a short outcome document, which highlights priority measures towards achieving the MDGs and provides a road-map for the post-2015 development agenda. The UN Secretary-General also submitted his report on “Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.”

The role of the UN system

UN System Task Team: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda (also known as the UN System Task Team) in September 2011 to coordinate system-wide preparations for a post-2015 UN development agenda. Co-chaired by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Task Team today brings together more than 60 UN agencies, Secretariat departments and other international organizations. UN Women is part of this Task Team.

The Rio outcome document called on the UN system to provide technical assistance to the OWG. The Technical Support Team (established by the UN Task Team) produces issues briefs on the thematic areas covered by the OWG. The UN Task Team also established working groups on monitoring and target-setting, global partnership, and financing for sustainable development.

The UN Development Group (UNDG) through its MDG Taskforce has facilitated national dialogues in more than 80 countries and convened eleven multi-stakeholder global thematic consultations on the following issues: inequalities; health; education; governance; conflict and fragility; growth and employment; environmental sustainability; hunger, nutrition and food security; population dynamics; energy; and water.On 10 September 2013, the UNDG launched the “A Million Voices: The World We Want” report, which summarized the findings of public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 194 UN Member States.

follow-up report looks in more depth at the factors within each country that will support or impede implementation.

- See more at: www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/post-2015

Women’s Major Group

The Women’s Major Group role and organisation

The Women’s Major Group was created at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, where governments recognized Women as one of the nine important groups in society to achieve sustainable development. Since 1992, the Women’s Major Group has been recognized by the United Nations in the UN processes on Sustainable Development and since 1996 in the processes of the United Nations Environment Program.

The Women’s Major Group takes responsibility for facilitating women’s civil society input into the policy space provided by the United Nations (participation, speaking, submission of proposals, access to documents).

 The WMG is self-organised and open to all interested organisations working to promote human rights based sustainable development with a focus on women’s human rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Participation of Women from Civil Society in UN Sustainable Development processes

The Women’s Major Group is an open-ended group which exists to facilitate the participation of women in UN processes on Sustainable Development and Environment. In that function, it is given the opportunity to speak in the plenaries with the representatives of governments and in high-level meetings with Ministers and Heads of State. The Women’s Major Group also may submit position papers as part of these processes. The website of the Women’s Major Group at the UN is: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=157

See more at: www.womenmajorgroup.org

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2030 SD Agenda: elements paper circulated by co-facilitators (Belize and Denmark)/sign-up form for informal consultations on 28 April

The co-facilitators of the General Assemby informal consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level (Belize and Denmark) have prepared an elements paper which is available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1002419-April_2030-Agenda-Follow-up-and-review-19-April-2016.pdf 

The co-facilitators will convene informal consultations amongst Member States and stakeholders on Thursday, 28 April, at 3 p.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, where they will invite Member States and relevant stakeholders to share their comments on the document.

Representatives of major groups and other stakeholders who would like to speak at the meeting are kindly requested to sign up by completing the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/yEGuPw6CwJ 

The interventions should not exceed 2 minutes and should focus on making concrete suggestions on the elements paper. The final determination of speakers and the order in which they will speak will be made by the co-facilitators based on the inscriptions received through this form.

Please note that the Secretariat will not be able to provide any travel support to this meeting.

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Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World

April 2016, Geneva, Switzerland — The year 2015 was marked by the adoption of four landmark United Nations agreements: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement. The 2030 Agenda provides an overarching vision for all of them as well as a global framework for national strategies and policies to put the world on a path to susnainibility. UNITAR has developed a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to help intersted persons improve their knowledge about the new Agenda and related Global Goals.

Agenda 2030 online course“Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World” course was developed to address potential knowledge gaps related to the understanding of changes required from both, policy-makers and ordinary citizens, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It attempts to answer a series of different questions: Are the SDGs significantly different from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? What does a new focus on “leaving no one behind” mean for our policies? What kind of inequalities exist and why is it important to address them? What is policy integration? And how does sustainable consumption and production fit with economic growth and poverty eradication? These are just some of them.

This course is designed drawing primarily on the key UN Member States’ Outcome Documents such as “Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development“and “Addis Ababa Action Agenda”. It has also beneffited from the substantive expertise of the UN sister agencies. In paticular, UNITAR has extensively drawn on the issue briefs developed by the UN Technical Support Team during the negotiations of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the Institute has also drawn on the preceding learning products it developed on the 2030 Agenda with contributions from the UN family.

For more information, please visit  www.unitar.org

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NEW DATES for 13th AWID International Forum in Brazil: 8-11 September 2016

 After careful consideration, AWID’s Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 13th AWID international Forum due to current uncertainty around the Zika virus situation in Brazil. We have re-scheduled the Forum for 8-11 September 2016, at the same venue, the Costa do Sauipe resort.

 Registration for the 2016 AWID Forum is now open again! Don’t get left behind! Registration is already halfway full and the remaining spots will be going fast. Register now, and remember to book your stay at the Costa do Sauípe resort at the same time. To secure your spot, please be prepared to pay online

See more at www.awid.org

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Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2016

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene the third session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2016) on 3-5 April 2016, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. APFSD 2016 will meet on the theme “Regional priorities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.” The first regional forum on sustainable development to take place following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015 will shape the regional response to the 2030 Agenda. The Forum will engage member States, United Nations institutions and other institutions, major groups and other stakeholders on regional priorities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific, reflecting ESCAP’s mandate for follow up and review. It will also make recommendations on scientific and technological innovation for sustainable development and on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

ESCAP finally released the Regional Roadmap, and invited AP-RCEM to coordinate the inputs from Asia and Pacific CSOs.

To access the regional roadmap, kindly follow this link: www.unescap.org/official-documents/asia-pacific-forum-sustainable-development/session/3 

More information at www.unescap.org

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Technology Facilitation Mechanism: join online discussion / webinar for MGoS

Dear All,

We would like to invite you to join two events organized in connection with the new Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) that was launched at the 2015 September Summit:

- Global online discussion on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs that will be open for one month from 4 April 2016. The discussion will feed directly into the first multi-stakeholder forum on STI for the SDGs which will take place from 6-7 June 2016 in New York. For more information please visit:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum/OnlineDiscussion

- Webinar on Friday, 8 April 2016, at 11 am (NY time), to provide an update to representatives of Major Groups and Other Stakeholders on the TFM. Ms. Elenita (Neth) Daño, Asia Director of the ETC Group and member of the 10-member UN group to support the TFM, will join the webinar. Those interested in participating are kindly asked to complete the following google registration form by cob Wednesday, 6 April: http://goo.gl/forms/TVKPRTocxk

High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Registration for the High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals ends 28 March 2016

21 April: High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)The President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene, on 21 April 2016, a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will bring together political, business and civil society leaders to focus on kick-starting SDGs implementation.Registration is now open for all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, private sector and academia from the following categories:
• Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
• Organizations accredited to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015
• Organizations accredited to the Financing for Development (FfD) processAll organizations wishing to attend the High-level Thematic Debate will need to register by applying here: http://bit.ly/HLTD-SDGs.  Applications for general registration are being accepted from 1 February – 28 March 2016.For more information, please visit: http://www.un.org/pga/70/events/sdgs/

Report of the Secratary- General: Critical milestones towards coherent and inclusive follow-up at the global level

Meeting at a special summit at the United Nations in September 2015, world leaders committed themselves to an ambitious global agenda, “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, with the overarching Goal of eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. The Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. All States and all stakeholders recognized their respective responsibilities for the implementation of the Agenda. In paragraph 72 of the Agenda, Governments also emphasized that a robust, voluntary, effective, participatory, transparent and integrated follow-up and review framework would make a vital contribution to implementation, and in paragraph 73, that it would promote accountability to citizens, support active international cooperation in achieving the Agenda and foster exchange of best practices and mutual learning. The present report explores how to put in place a coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review system at the global level, within the mandates outlined in the Agenda. It does not attempt to describe or prescribe how to implement the 2030 Agenda, the primary responsibility for which lies at the national level; nor does it attempt to describe the wide array of possible multilateral support mechanisms to such implementation efforts

See report at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/follow-up 

Apply: Civil society speaker for Paris Climate Change Agreement Signing Ceremony at UNHQ in New York

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year. The signing event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on the first day the agreement will be open for signature, which coincides with the observance of International Mother Earth Day, observed in many countries as simply Earth Day. The Secretary-General intends to use the occasion of the signing ceremony to further engage world leaders as well as those from business and civil society to put the new agreement into action as quickly as possible.

At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN-NGLS is leading a process to find a speaker from civil society for the opening session of the signing ceremony, in recognition of the essential role played by civil society action in developing and implementing solutions to build a safer, greener and more livable world for all people.

For this key speaking role, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General is seeking someone from a developing country who can share a compelling story of a new innovation or solution (from social entrepreneurship to engineering to community action) that she / he has put into practice that is delivering tangible results on climate change mitigation or adaptation. The candidate must have public speaking experience, and be able to confidently deliver a short, compelling speech in front of world leaders and the media.

Apply here for the civil society speaking role in the opening session:
http://bit.ly/22April-Paris-Agreement-Signing-CSO-Speaker-Apply
Apply here for the civil society Selection Committee for this process: 

Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016)

Now accepting applications for speakers at the Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016).

The Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016) will be convened from 19 – 21 April 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The UNGASS will feature a general debate plenary and five interactive, multi-stakeholder round tables conducted in parallel with the plenary.

A selection process is now open to identify speakers from civil society, the scientific community, academia, youth groups and other relevant stakeholders that may participate in the special session. Eleven (11) speakers will be selected: six (6) for the plenary and five (5) — one for each of the interactive round tables. Please note that travel funding is available for speakers chosen through this process. The final selection of speakers will be made by the Office of the President of the General Assembly, in collaboration with the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for UNGASS 2016. For more information on the CSTF, please click here.

To apply to speak at UNGASS 2016, please complete the form available here. For more information about the special session, please visit the website: http://www.ungass2016.org.

Girls Not Brides recruitment for Head of Communications

There is one job opening and one internship opportunity at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage:

  • Head of Communications. Deadline: Friday 4 March 2016.
  • Communications Intern. Deadline: Thursday 18 February 2016.

Due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

See full posting here:  http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/about-girls-not-brides/jobs/ 

Job Announcement: WILPF PeaceWomen Programme Associate/ Consultant

he WILPF PeaceWomen (PW) programme is seeking a Programme Associate/ Consultant to develop a comprehensive message platform for our work on gender, disarmament, and human security, as part of WILPF’s communication strategy. S/he will oversee the implementation of our messaging through management of our monitoring and outreach work. The Programme Associate should be a highly motivated and politically driven individual with demonstrated skill in managing volunteers or staff and liaising with global collaborators. Priority consideration will be given to applicants with campaign experience and expertise in communicating issues of gender, security, or global politics.

Priority Deadline: February 17 2016. (Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled)

Preferred start date: March 1 2016

Location: New York

Organisation: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) PeaceWomen Programme

See full posting here: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/H4bD2tsdM2Jd/

A call for a feminist UN Secretary-General in 2016

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, believe that a woman Secretary-General must lead the United Nations. After the appointment of eight male Secretaries-General, a female Secretary-General is urgently needed to foster gender equality in the leadership of the UN.

 Beyond ensuring that the next UN Secretary-General is a woman, we believe that the successful candidate must be a woman who brings a strong feminist perspective to the UN, in line with the UN’s core values of human rights, equality, and justice.

 At a time when the UN is engaging in a new role of overseeing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the next UN Secretary-General must also be a woman who has demonstrated a capacity to address the global structures, systems and values that undermine gender equality, women’s human rights around the world and that stand in the way of transformative development justice.

Please access the Google Form to add your organization’s name to the call. The call will be forwarded to Member States with signatures received by February 12th, 2016. The form will remain open for additional signatures until February 26th, which will be included in an online version of the letter.

Apply for Stakeholder Speaking Roles

On Thursday, 21 April 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene aHigh-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The Thematic Debate will feature a panel discussion on «Action at all levels,» which will focus on national responses to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This panel will include three stakeholder representatives: one each from civil society, the private sector and academia.
At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN DESA and UN-NGLS are facilitating a process to identify these three speakers.Travel funding will be available for the speakers selected through this process.
By 23 February: Apply for Selection Committee 
By 29 February: Apply for Speaking Roles
Apply here for a speaking role or for the Stakeholder Selection Committee for this process:
Applications received may be viewed here:

Videos of stakeholder speakers at UNHQ from post-2015, FfD, and more!

 As UN-NGLS  begins exciting work for 2016, UN-NGLS would like to extend our gratitude to all in civil society and the UN system for the extraordinary experiences working together last year during the processes and events for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Financing for Development Conference, World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Energy for All Forum, and more.

UN-NGLS is pleased to provide a look back at these historic efforts via  YouTube channel. It presents individual videos of each stakeholder selected to speak last year at UN Headquarters through an open and participatory process either led or co-led by UN-NGLS — more than 260 different people from more than 70 countries! There are separate clips of the full remarks delivered by each representative of civil society and the Major Groups from the following events and sessions:
    • UN Sustainable Development Summit
    • Solutions Summit
    • Post-2015 Development Agenda Negotiations
    • Post-2015 Development Agenda Hearings
    • Sustainable Energy for All Forum
    • Financing for Development Hearings
    • President of the General Assembly’s High-level Events
    • World Summit on Information Society (WSIS+10) July consultation

UN announces first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

21 January 20116- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to provide thought leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world.

The Panel will provide recommendations for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to improve economic outcomes for women and promote women’s leadership in driving sustainable and inclusive, environmentally sensitive economic growth. It will provide recommendations for key actions that can be taken by governments, the private sector, the UN system and other stakeholders, as well as policy directives needed to achieve the new targets and indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals which call for the economic empowerment of women. The panel is backed by the United Kingdom, the World Bank Group and UN Women.

More information at  http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2016/1/wee-high-level-panel-launch 

Consultant – Research, Knowledge Management and Communication of Results: Gender Equality And Women’s Empowerment — Istanbul Regional Hub, TURKEY

UNDP is committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, as outlined in its Gender Equality Strategy (2014-2017), through a diverse range of programming activities and knowledge products and capacity development tools. In the Europe and Central Asia region, the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH) supports Country Offices to address gender equality in all thematic areas. As part of this work, the Gender Equality Team in the IRH compiles, analyzes and presents development issues from a gender perspective in ways that can meaningfully inform policy design. Such information is also used to help UNDP provide evidence-based advisory services to advance gender equality in the region.

Deadline for submision is 03 February 2016. 

More information about posittion you can find at  www.jobs.undp.org

Documentary film on the FWCW Beijing 1995, «Once and for All»

  This documentary includes many clips from the UN filming, which no one has ever used or seen until now.One of the thrilling things about it is that the producers discovered that the UN had filmed both the governmental and the NGO (Huairu) meetings. The producers of this film really did their home work and it is well worth its length (about an hour), for all who were those and those who weren’t in Beijing.

The site with the film and other stuff is: www.makers.com/once-and-for-all 

Women and Environments International magazine — call for submissions 2016

 Women and Environments International Magazine (WEI) is seeking submissions for its upcoming issue on Engaging Ethically in the Age of Consumerism for publication in late 2016. The objective of this issue is to critically examine the influence of gender in building social movements that engage (or critique) new and emerging modes of ethical or sustainable consumption, particularly as they are aimed at social change.
Contributors are invited to explore gender perspectives in relation to — but not limited to — the following topics:
- Gender dimensions of “precautionary consumption”;
- Ways of applying consumer pressure to governments and industry in the area of toxics regulation;
- The role of ‘fair trade’ in shifting production trends globally, or in specific case studies;
- “Pink-washing” and the breast cancer prevention movement;
- “Ethical consumerism”: its promise and its limitations;
- New economies, sustainable lifestyles and enterprises;
- De-growth movements, and model communities moving away from mass consumerism.
Submissions may be in the form of critical studies, essays, personal narratives, case studies, book or film reviews, poetry, photography, and or visual art. While we appreciate every submission to WEI, only contributors whose work has been selected will be contacted. Submissions: Send submission(s) electronically to weimag@yorku.ca using “Ethical Consumption” as your subject heading. Please refer to the Editorial guidelines attached (or see our website) for word limits, formatting and style.
General Information: WEI is a magazine that examines women’s relations to their natural, built, and social environments from feminist and anti-racist perspectives. It has provided a forum for academic research and theory, professional practice and community experience since 1976. Like most scholarly publications, WEI does not pay for contributions but retains a high-quality wide readership so your contribution will reach a wide audience. Upon publication, WEI assumes a non-exclusive, worldwide, and perpetual right to publish and reproduce contributions in any format in and outside the magazine context.
This does not preclude contributors from granting permission to publish their materials after publication in WEI provided WEI is acknowledged as the original publisher. Women & Environments International Magazine — Faculty of Environmental Studies -York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON Canada M3J 1P3 Email: weimag@yorku.ca Website: http://www.yorku.ca/weimag/index.html

 COP21: A Movement Rising: WEDO reflections on COP21

Since the final deal was agreed in Paris, we have seen numerous reactions from Governments, UN agencies, and civil society groups on what was achieved at COP21. Many voiced celebration of an historic agreement over 20 years in the making- an agreement that marks a turning point in the fight against climate change. Others hailed the ‘end of the fossil fuel era‘, and the start of a clear transition to a renewable energy future. And many climate justice advocates, including the members of the Women and Gender Constituency, were quick to provide a ‘reality check‘ to the world, of what this agreement does and does not do.

There is a sense that to move forward we must find hope in what is, in essence, the best outcome that could be achieved in an unjust and unequal world. However, at WEDO, our hope is not in the words agreed in Paris but clearly grounded in the determined activism and voice of a growing climate justice movement which is unafraid to challenge the Paris Agreement for the numerous ways in which the outcome failed to rise to the moment to ensure protection for people, communities and countries most vulnerable to climate impacts.

Read full text here>>>

Paris Climat Conference

The participants of the Paris Climat Conference accepted Paris Agreement on 11 December 2016. See full text of Paris Agreement: Russian>>>  English>>>

Also you can find Paris Agreement in 5 UN lenguages here>>>

Job Vacancy UNDP Regional Programme Specialist – Gender and Inclusion in Peacebuilding (Bangkok, Thailand)

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages; represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues. South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. The Regional Programme Specialist works towards advancing UNDP’s credibility in the thematic area, delivering coherence and quality technical advice in this area.

Deadline to subbmit application is 29 December 2015. 

More detailed information you can find at www.jobs.undp.org

Gender researchers dismiss new Norwegian equality report

Researchers highly critical of the conservative Norwegian Cabinet’s new White Paper on equality. No class perspective, a lack of understanding of structural variations, and too strict limitations for state interference. The researchers behind the official Norwegian equality reports are not particularly impressed with the so-called Blue blue Cabinet’s White Paper on equality.

Informally, the conservative government is called the Blue Blue Cabinet, referring to the conservative party Høyre’s light blue and the populist Progress Party’s dark blue party colour, respectively.

The Equality Committee was appointed in 2010, and submitted two official reports;Struktur for likestilling (“Structure for Equality”) in 2011, and Politikk for likestilling(“Policy for Equality”) in 2012. The Red-green Coalition — which consisted of the Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Centre Party — did not present a White Paper on equality until the very end of its last term in office. This was quickly withdrawn by the Solberg government.

Read full text at http://kjonnsforskning.no/en/2015/11/gender-researchers-dismiss-new-norwegian-equality-report 

Consultancies on Gender and Crisis

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the UN’s Global Development Network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in over 170 countries, employing participatory approaches to developing local solutions to national and global development challenges. UNDPs core vision is to help countries and communities achieve simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.  We do this through three main areas of work are: (1) sustainable development (2) inclusive and effective democratic governance and peacebuilding, and (3) resilience.

Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDPs approach to achieving its core vision. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of UNDP’s development mandate.  UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 which details how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017. Furthermore, UNDP is committed to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16 of Agenda 2030, the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and CEDAW General Recommendation No. 30.

Here is  consultancy announcements from UNDP:

Study on Women’s Economic Empowerment in (Post) Crisis Setting 

Revision of UNDP 8-Point Agenda Toolkit for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

Project formulation on Addressing Vulnerabilities and Enhancing Economic Resilience of Women

Letter to Dutch Minister on FLOW 2016-2020 decision

Members of WMG and other Women’s Rights and Feminist organisations send the letter to Dutch Ministre on FLOW 2016-2020 decision. You can read the full text of this letter using this link>>>

Religion, Culture & Tradition: No Excuse for Violence

All over the world, diverse groups use arguments based on anti-rights interpretations of religion, culture and tradition to justify violence and discrimination. This publication highlights agreements that affirm the universal and interconnected nature of human rights. It can be used by human rights advocates to challenge state and non-state actors attempting to block the development, progress and protection of laws at all levels.

Daownload PDF file here>>>

Post-2015 in Kyrgyz Republic

September 2015 has marked the start of a global transformation towards sustainable development.  The 2030 agenda includes sustainable development goals (SDGs) on women’s empowerment, gender equality and environmental sustainability and calls for a transformative approach were goals are addressed in an integrated manner.

Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan actively participating in local and regional meetings on SDG implementation.  We are holding advocacy with national government of Kyrgyz Republic on adoption of  Post-2015 on means of implementation, indicators, accountability and financing for development. On 17 September Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan organized of critical conversation within different ministries in Kyrgyz Republic and MPs on the key themes means of  implementation, indicators, accountability and financing for development.

UNDP-UNEP PEI, UNDP,UN Women organized a Regional Central Asian Conference «Effecting synergies between inclusive economic growth, environmental sustainability, gender equality and development for transformative change» from 12 November- 13 November  in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Within the conference program Nurgul Djanaeva, president of the Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan in 12 November made presentation on the theme: Implementation of sustainable development program in the Kyrgyz Republic: accountability, means of implementation and the role of women’s organizations.

Civil movement on effective development of Kyrgyz Republic, where  Forum of women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan is one of  leading NGOs, organized  Round table on theme- «The role of CSOs in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the SDG in the Kyrgyz Republic» on 12 November 2015.

NGO CSW60 Forum — Key Dates 
The NGO CSW60 FORUM will take place in New York simultaneously with the 60thSession of the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW60) from 14 to 24 MARCH 2016. The Priority theme for CSW60 is: »Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.»  For more information on the NGO CSW60 Forum check the NGO CSW/NY website (NGOCSW.ORG) regularly and for information regarding the Commission:

http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw60-2016ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND THE NGO CSW60 FORUM (INCLUDING PARALLEL EVENTS, REGIONAL CAUCUSES, MORNING BRIEFINGS) IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER.
  • Online Free Registration to ATTEND: will open on 2 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline to register is 7 MARCH, 2016
  • Online Registration & Application for PARALLEL EVENTS: will open on 2 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline is 11 DECEMBER, 2015
  • Online Registration for CONSULTATION DAY (tentative date, Sunday, 13 March 2016): will open on 8 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline to register is 7 MARCH, 2016
  • Online Registration for NGO RECEPTION (tentative date, Tuesday, 15 March 2016): will open on 8 NOVEMBER, 2015 and the deadline to register is 7 MARCH, 2016
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    • Note: there will be a $25.00 fee to register.

Second meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organising the second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), to be held on 26-28 October 2015 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand and hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

The IAEG-SDGs was established by the Statistical Commission at its 46th session to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global level, and to support its implementation.

Meeting objectives

  • Review the list of possible global indicators
  • Discuss the global indicator framework, interlinkages across targets and critical issues including data disaggregation
  • Discuss the work plan and next steps

Interesting : Have global leaders just missed a huge opportunity to step up their commitment to women’s rights?

Womankind’s Policy Manager Abigail Hunt reflects on the commitments made at the global leaders’ event convened during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.  A global leaders’ event, hosted by the People’s Republic of China and UN Women, took place on 27th September 2015 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), agreed in 1995 during the Forth World Conference on Women. The «Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action» was the culmination of a global review the BPfA. It took place on the last day of the Sustainable Development Goals Summit, during which UN Member States formally adopted the policy framework which will guide development priorities to 2030- and which also includes a specific objective to «Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ known as Sustainable Development Goals Five (SDG5)»

See press release at http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2015/9/press-release-global-leaders-meeting

Read more at http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/step-it-up/commitments

 

Investment protection versus human rights protection — Gender and Human Rights Impacts of International Agreements as Free Trade — UN Independent Expert Report Addresses Human Rights Impacts & Accountability — Gender

This is a very serious report for consideration by women’s programs that are monitoring the human rights impact of trade agreements. Indeed, in this complex world where power and money often dominate non- transparent negotiations on trade and commerce, investment agreements, and marketing treaties as for free trade. Civil society has made efforts to protect human rights, social justice, and such issues as health, land rights, the environment, but the challenges remain. This report is highly insightful! Website of the UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IntOrder/Pages/IEInternationalorderIndex.aspx

To Access Full 50-page Report- go to website: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session30/Pages/ListReports.aspx  and Scroll Down to A/HRC/30/44, and then Click on UN Language Translation of Choice.

Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team

Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism will be comprise of :

- A United Nations inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals;
- A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals;
- An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

In ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency Task Team are hereby inviting interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by completing the following form by 6 p.m. (NY time) on Friday, 9 October 2015, by compliting the following form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U64TkEZtETiPkwIfF0OoaCvynu_9COjmWu2AF__o_yw/viewform?edit_requested=true

 

 A defining moment to unite the planet

As world leaders gathered at the United Nations to adopt a new sustainable development agenda, it is important to take a moment to reflect on what is at stake for humanity in the years to come. The agenda’s 17 global goals renewed hope and a roadmap to set the international community on a path towards a cleaner and greener planet and a world that promotes shared prosperity and well- being for all.

Reed full text online at http://news.gcfund.org/a-defining-moment-to-unite-the-planet/

 

 

  How the SDGs fall short of the Beijing Platform: APWLD in the Guardian

Sharing with you an article by APWLD published in the Guardian today on how the SDGs threaten to overshadow stronger commitments to women’s rights in the Beijing Platform: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/sep/23/global-goals-womens-rights-pale-imitation-beijing-declaration-and-platform-for-action?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

 

CPDC Action 2015 Thunderclap

The next aspect of our Camping is to form part of a global initiative called «Under One Sky: Light The Way». this will unite citizens across the world together on 24 September to call on our policy makers to light the way to end poverty, inequality and climate change.  We have created a Thunderclap to aid in the dissemination of a message surrounding this initiative. Thunderclap is a tool that enables a message to be shared across networks at the same point in time. A Thunderclap  may be joined either through Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

Our link: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/31539-action-2015-caribbean/embed

 Training Course on Agriculture Value Chains

 Indepth Research Services (IRES) is delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming 5 days’ Training course on Agriculture Value Chains offered at our Agriculture Development, Food Security and Livelihoods Institute to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 7th December  2015.

Introduction

Value chains are a key framework for understanding how products move from the producers to the customers. The value chain perspective provides an important means to understand the business to business relationships, mechanisms for increasing efficiency, and ways to enable businesses to increase productivity and add value.  It provides a reference point for improvements in services and the business environment. It is a vehicle for pro-poor initiatives and for linking small businesses with the market. Value chains therefore reside at the core of high-impact and sustainable initiatives focused on improving productivity, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and SME growth.

See more courses onAgriculture Development, Food Security and Livelihoods Institute

 

 

Investment protection versus human rights protection — Gender and Human Rights Impacts of International Agreements as Free Trade — UN Independent Expert Report Addresses Human Rights Impacts & Accountability — Gender

This is a very serious report for consideration by women’s programs that are monitoring the human rights impact of trade agreements. Indeed, in this complex world where
power and money often dominate non-transparent negotiations on trade and commerce, investment agreements, and marketing treaties as for free trade. Civil society has made efforts to protect human rights, social justice, and such issues as health, land rights, the environment; but the challenges remain. This report is highly insightful!
Website of the UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order:
and Scroll Down to A/HRC/30/44, and then Click on UN Language Translation of Choice.

INTRODUCTION TO POST2015, RIO+20, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND THE ROLE OF WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS

In 2015, the United Nations will move from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to a new set of global goals for (sustainable) development, setting the framework agenda for the period till 2030. The MDGs were based on the Millennium Declaration in which heads of states had agreed to halve extreme poverty within 15 years through a eight-goal approach. In total some 100 billion Euro a year in development aid funding was challenged in priority to aim and achieve the MGDs.

 The MDGs have been realized only partly. Despite some progress, inequalities are on the rise in most of the world. A critical analysis of MDGs show that addressing income inequalities alone is not enough to eradicate poverty. Governments need to address the discrimination as a root cause of inequality, including gender discriminationCurrently some 120 countries have laws and codes which discriminate against women compared to men. There is not one country in the world which has achieved parity between men and women.

As the MDGs have not been achieved, currently proposals for new goals are being developed, the so-called “post 2015 agenda”. Proposals what these new goals should be, and how to formulate the targets under each goal, are being proposed and negotiated by member states in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, as well as by scientists (Sustainable Development Solutions Network), by business in the UN Global Compact  (UNGC) and by heads of states last year as part of the High Level Panel on Post2015. The UN Development Group has been holding consultations at regional and global level with member states and civil society stakeholders in 2013, and a new round of consultations have started in 2014. All these recommendations for new goals and targets will feed into a report by UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon end 2014 which will start a last round of intergovernmental negotiations to agree on the new global goals. In addition, the President of the General Assembly has organised a series of high level thematic events on post2015.

Women and feminist organisations have been playing a key role in the Post2015 policy processes, trying to ensure that gender equality and women’s rights are at the core of the new global development agenda, both as a stand-alone goal – similar to MDG3 but much more comprehensive – as well as integrated into all the goals of the new agenda. For an overview of proposals by the Women’s Major Group at the monthly negotiations on the new goals (SDGs) at the UN in New York you can follow a.o. the WMG twitter account @Women_Rio20 and the website womenrio20.org

Summary  By WECF/Women International for a Common Future  (wecf.org) and Organising Partner of the Women’s Major Group on Sustainable Development (womenrio20.org)

  Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team

  Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism will be comprise of :

- A United Nations inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals;
- A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals;
- An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

 In operationalizing these components, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further decides that the United Nations inter- agency task team will work with 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to prepare the meetings of the multi- stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as in the development and operationalization of the online platform. For more information about the technology facilitation mechanism please see https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism

 In ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency Task Team are hereby inviting interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by completing the following form by 6 p.m. (NY time) on Friday, 9 October 2015, by compliting the following form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U64TkEZtETiPkwIfF0OoaCvynu_9COjmWu2AF__o_yw/viewform?edit_requested=true for final selection by the Secretary-General.

How the SDGs fall short of the Beijing Platform: APWLD in the Guardian

 Sharing with you an article by APWLD published in the Guardian today on how the SDGs threaten to overshadow stronger commitments to women’s rights in the Beijing Platform: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/sep/23/global-goals-womens-rights-pale-imitation-beijing-declaration-and-platform-for-action?CMP=share_btn_tw

10 Red Flags 

 The WMG  hosted a side event on 23 June  to release  10 Red Flags for the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. If you are not in NYC, please join to Twitter rally on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 10am this week with   https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatwomenwant?src=hash

Financing for Development D E A D L I N E S


Women’s Forum Request for WWG funding — Monday, June 22nd (12 ET/4GMT) - link .  
Official registration to FfD Addis Conference — Tuesday, June 23rd — link
Women’s Forum Registration (no funding) — Friday, July 3rdlink .  
Please see important information regarding registration and deadlines for the FfD Women’s Forum in Addis, as well as logistical information regarding the CSO Forum and registration for the Official Addis Conference (deadline June 23).
The Women’s Forum on FfD will take place on Friday, July 10, 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the occasion of the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development (July 13-16). The Women’s Forum will convene feminists, grassroots women, gender advocates, academics and representatives of women’s rights organizations/networks with specific inputs by UN representatives and other policy makers.
PLEASE FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE WOMEN’S FORUM BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK.

 Funding:

The WWG has limited funding for participants from the global South. If you are in need of funding, indicate this in the form above. 

Deadline for submitting WWG funding request is Monday, June 22nd, at noon (ET/4GMT) using this link .  
A review and selection of applications will be done on Monday, June 22nd and Tuesday, June 23rd. If more information is required from you to evaluate funding, we will ask you to fill out another form. The selection will be made by a small committee comprised of the Co-facilitators of the WWG and key partners, and will be based on the following criteria:
- Priority will be giving to women from the Global South
- Current and past involvement in FfD
- Regional and sub-regional representation and balance
- Thematic expertise and balance
- Ability to attend the Women’s Forum through to the Official Conference

Deadline for registering to the Women’s Forum (without funding request) is July 3rd.

The objectives of the Women’s Forum are:
- to share information on the latest state of play in the FfD negotiations;
- to discuss and jointly analyze the FfD panorama and follow-up;
- to build a common women’s rights positioning, and
- to strategize on how to meaningfully and substantively engage from a feminist perspective at the Addis FfD Conference.

A reception will be held the evening of July 10th. The CSO Forum will be on July 11-12th. The Women’s Forum is being organized by the Women’s Working Group on FfD (WWG on FfD) in collaboration with FEMNET, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and the Post 2015 Women’s Coalition, and with the support from UN Women.

Deadline for registering to the official conference is Tuesday, June 23rd.

Use this link for official registration. For more details on registration, visas or other issue, please see the NGLS FfD page

We suggest that even if your funding is not fully secured, you register for the official conference. See information below from the CSO Hitchhikers Guide to the Addis Conference:  
While accreditation is institutional, registration to FFD3 is individual and needs to be completed by each individual participant. The final deadline (still unconfirmed) is June 23. Each participants will need to attach an official letter from an accredited organization with the name of their delegate. Subsequently, a confirmation letter will be sent to you via email by the FFDO or NGLS confirming registration. This letter may be used for VISA purposes, if necessary.

CSO Forum:  For registration and more information on the Civil Society Forum, please see the CSO website at this link.

Official Conference:

For more information on the official conference, including relevant documents and a list of provisional side events, please see link.

Beyond 2015 Reaction to the post-2015 zero draft outcome document

The Campaign’s Rapid Response Task Force which consists of more than 60 organisations from more than 20 countries, prepared  the Beyond 2015 reaction to the post-2015 zero draft outcome document.

 There are two documents: 1) A Summary with key comments and 2) a Full Reaction with actual language proposals.

Link to the documents:

Making financing for Development work for gender equality: what is needed at Addis and beyond

Gender and Development Network UK preperad the new GADN’s briefing on Making financing for Development work for gender equality: what is needed at Addis and beyond.  The documents were prepared with the UK audience in mind but trust they can be also helpful for you in this strategic time.

Gender statistics Manuel-United Nation

 Gender statistics are defined as statistics that adequately reflect differences and inequalities in the situation of women and men in all areas of life (United Nations, 2006). This definition closely follows the Beijing Platform for Action, which was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, and in paragraph 206 (a) of which it was recommended that national, regional and international statistical services should ensure that statistics related to individuals are collected, compiled, analysed and presented by sex and age and reflect problems, issues and questions related to women and men in society (United Nations, 1996).

This is a link for a gender statistics Manual by United Nation :www.unstats.un.org/unsd/genderstatmanual 

ZERO DRAFT OUTCOME

The zero draft outcome for the port-2015 summit has been posted on website at:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015

This zero draft will be discussed at the upcoming session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, from 22-25 June. The programme for the session has not yet been released by the co-facilitators.

G-20 summit in Antalya

The G-20 summit will be held on Nov. 15-16 in Antalya, Turkey. Given its importance for the SDGs process. There is a civil society forum/ group in which everybody can participate. Gender equality is among the top 4 priorities.

Gender equality emerged as a key priority for international civil society in 2015 following a global survey conducted by C20 Turkey earlier this year. Women’s access to social protection, women’s employment and women’s access to financial services all polled in the top 10 issues in the C20’s survey, which led to the formation of the first ever C20 Gender Equality Working Group. The C20 Gender Equality Working Group is chaired by Şengül Akçar, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work, Turkey, and Sandy Schilen, Global Facilitator of GROOTS International. This working group is responsible for consulting widely with civil society organisations from around the world and developing specific recommendations for the G20 on gender equality.

See more at : www.c20turkey.org

Even if you’ve never seen a tree, forests are part of your life

The air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat—it all depends on the world’s forests. In September, the world will come together to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals and the future of the planet. Show  why forests need to be part of that picture.  Make a video, share the message, and win prizes.

 For more information and to enter, visit cifor.org/thinkforests or follow #thinkforests

First list of proposed priority indicators and detailed inputs to be discussed by the IAEG-SDGs

29 May 2015

The UN Statistics Division has compiled a first list of proposed priority indicators that summarizes the current state of discussions on indicators on individual targets, and will be the focus of the first meeting of the IAEG-SDGs (1-2 June 2015). This list of proposed priority indicators will be revised on the basis of the meeting’s discussions as well as later on during an additional round of consultations.

More info, including latest list of priority indicators, available here: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/2015/05/29/first-proposed-priority-indicator-list/

ZERO DRAFT OUTCOME

The zero draft outcome for  UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda has been posted on website at:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015

This zero draft will be discussed at the upcoming session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, from 22-25 June. The programme for the session has not yet been released by the co-facilitators.

Responsibilities beyond borders: unlocking the post-2015 stalemate on international cooperation

Please find here a new briefing paper by the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and Third World Network (TWN):

“Universal Rights, Differentiated Responsibilities: Safeguarding human rights beyond borders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” 

In the context of the current negotiations on the third international Financing for development conference, as well as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, our btiefing paper highlights the importance of extraterritorial human rights obligations, which shows how existing international law affirms that states have human rights duties when their policies and practices have negative effects outside of their own borders.  We propose ten concrete ways in which states should align their sustainable development and financing commitments with these existing international duties.

The vision is that the normative, and legal, foundation of international human rights can cement the intergovernmental commitment to ‘policy coherence’ under the SDG goal on the global partnership for sustainable development, while also upholding the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities connected to the need for international systemic reforms and the right to development for developing countries.

Please feel free to disseminate broadly.

Participation on Post-2015 June and July Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN), High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development and Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

The Women’s Major Group has opened the application period for participation in the Post-2015 June and July Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN), High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development and Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Please nominate representatives (self-nominations are welcome!) for travel funding.

The forum will debate the theme: «Strengthening integration, implementation and review — the HLPF after 2015″. It will be meeting this year under the auspices of ECOSOC.

A major focus will thus be the role of the forum and ways to implement its functions in following up on and reviewing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

The meeting will occur at a time when the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will be reaching their final stage. It takes particular significance as sustainable development goals will be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. The forum will thus be able to advance the discussions on how best to review progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the overall agenda, and its important role in this regard.

The application form can be found here. The application deadline is  28 May 2015, 17:00 NY time. Only completed applications will be considered (including CV).

 

Women’s Major Group Recommendations on the Post-2015 Agenda, May 18th, 2015

Women’s Major Group made recommendations for Accountability, Monitoring, and Review of the Post-2015 Agenda. With full text of this recomendations you can find at www.womenmajorgroup.org

New E-discission on Financing for Development in Asia-Pacific

A new e-discussion has been launched as part of the UNESCAP Regional Consultation Platform to gather inputs on Financing for Development in the Asian-Pacific region.
The results of this e-discussion will serve as input to the regional paper prapered by UNMC and stakeholders to be presented at The Third International Conference on Financing for Development that will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July 2015.
Have your say by May 31st! And feel free to share with your networks!
Asia-Pacific Consultation on Sustainable Development | Asia-Pacific Consultation on Sustainable Development | World We Want 2015

SDG news

DESA Statistics Division have shared with the new SDGs indicator website, which contains the available information and the latest updates: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/

The first meeting of the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDGs (IAEG-SDGs) will be held in New York from 1-2 June 2015. Due to space limitation, the representatives of major groups and other stakeholders who wish to attend the meeting are required to pre-register by filling out the following online registration form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FfhmVuDaciwZx6dnetjXW8S7WePpSGhAQBLOpzzKBy4/viewform?c=0&w=1

Third International Conference on Financing for Development

The General Assembly decided to convene the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13-16 July 2015. According to General Assembly resolution 68/279, the Conference will result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, which «should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.» This resolution also includes text on the rules for accreditation to the conference in paragraph 17.

For more information please visit the following link http://www.unngls.org/index.php/ffd3-conference/ffd3-accreditation