On December 17th 2014, H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland and H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, co-Facilitators for the Post-2015 Development negotiations carried out a series of informal negotiations to discuss the modalities for this year’s intergovernmental process. Member States agreed on a modalities decision, which determines the following timeline for negotiations:
- 19 – 21 January 2015 – Stocktaking
- 17 – 20 February 2015 – Declaration
- 23 – 27 March 2015 – Sustainable Development Goals and targets
- 20 – 24 April 2015 – Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
- 18 – 22 May 2015 – Follow up and review
- 22 – 25 June 2015 – Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document
- 20 – 24 July 2015 and 27-31 July 2015 – Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document
According to the post-2015 Summit modalities resolution, it has been decided that the dates of the Summit will be September 25-27, 2015.
Civil society engagement in the intergovernmental process was the topic of much discussion during the informals. The European Union, Canada, the United States, Australia, and Israel emphasized the critical importance of civil society participation throughout the process, in part to ensure broad ownership of the final outcome.
Most Member States emphasized the importance of dedicating sufficient space for thorough discussions to means of implementation, but there are differing views on whether these discussions should be confined to the Financing for Development process or integrated into the post-2015 negotiations.
- Find out who from your government will be attending the first session of post-2015 negotiations in January. Request a meeting prior to the session and encourage them to advance strengthened commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- Consider joining the Women’s Major Group to engage in strategic discussions and influence the Women’s Major Group’s position.
- In relation to the Open Working Group outcome, the Report suggests the “possibility to maintain the 17 goals and rearrange them in a focused and concise manner.”
- Urge your government to resist efforts to streamline, cluster, condense, or reorder the OWG goals and targets, in order to not risk losing ground.
- Encourage them to continue advocating for strengthened commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-2015 agenda that build on the outcome of the Open Working Group.
On the other hand, the President of the General Assembly announced that he will be convening a series of high level thematic debates throughout the year. Notably, the March 6th event will focus on advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.
During the recent post-2015 informals on the modalities for this year’s intergovernmental process, many Member States emphasized that indicators should not be politically negotiated, but rather developed through a purely technical process.
The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), H.E. Mr. Martin Sajdik, will convene the 2015 global youth forum on “Youth Engagement in the Transition from MDGs to SDGs” from 2-3 February 2015 in New York.
More information about each regional meeting can be found below:
• Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) http://www.uneca.org/beijing-plus-20
• Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) http://www.unece.org/genderwelcome-new/monitoring-progress/beijing-platform-for-action/genderbeijing-20.html
• Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) http://www.cepal.org/cgi-bin/getprod.asp?xml=/mujer/noticias/paginas/3/51823/P51823.xml&xsl=/mujer/tpl/p18f.xsl&base=/mujer/tpl/top-bottom.xsl
• Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) http://www.unescapsdd.org/beijing20
• Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) http://www.escwa.un.org/sites/BeijingPlus20/index.asp