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Third round of post-2015 negotiations (23-27 March)

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The third round of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations took place from 23-27 March at UN Headquarters. This negotiating session included discussion on the technical report of the UN Statistical Commission on an indicators framework, and suggested updates distributed by the Co-Facilitators of the post-2015 negotiations for 19 targets associated with the Sustainable Development Goals, based on the proposal of the Open Working Group. The programme, relevant documentation, and list of side events for the March negotiating session are available here. On Wednesday, 25 March, an interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders was held from 10:00am-1:00pm in Trusteeship Council Chamber. Following an open call for applications facilitated by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD, the March Stakeholder Steering Committee selected 24 speakers for the dialogue: http://bit.ly/25March-MGoS-Speakers. The programme for this dialogue is available here: http://bit.ly/25March-Final-Programme-p2015-stakeholder-dialogue. A video of the webcast of this event can be viewed here. Member State respondents included:

  • H.E. Mr. Morten Jespersen, Under-Secretary for Global Development and Cooperation, Denmark
  • H.E. Ambassador Guilherme De Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations
  • Mr. Anthony Pipa, Lead Negotiator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations
  • Mr. Stephan Contius, Head of Division, German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
  • H.E. Ambassador Abdulkalam Abdul Momen of the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations
  • H.E. Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations
  • H.E. Ambassador Marianne Loe, Special Envoy on the Post-2015 Agenda, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Dámaso Luna, Deputy Director General for Global Issues of the Government of Mexico
  • Mr. Olivier Brochenin, Head of Development Policy Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France
  • H.E. Ambassador Do Hung Viet, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the UN

Similar to the previous negotiating sessions, a total of 12 seats with microphones was available for the use of Major Groups and other stakeholders on a rotational basis in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. Additional seating for representatives of Major Groups and other stakeholders will be available in the balcony area of the Trusteeship Council Chamber. All meetings were webcast and achived videos can be viewed here. Conference Room 11 was available as an overflow room.

Daily caucus meeting rooms were available for the use of Major Groups and other stakeholders Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00pm: http://bit.ly/1zSElN5.

Daily coordination meetings for Major Groups and other stakeholders Monday-Friday 8:30-9:30am

Daily caucusing meetings were organized by Major Groups and other stakeholders from 8:30-9:30 am in Conference Room 12 in the basement of the UN  Conference Building.

On Monday, 23 March, Nikhil Seth, Director, DESA Division for Sustainable Development, gave a briefing on the post-2015 agenda negotiations. On Tuesday, 24 March, Ms. Francesca Perucci, Chief of the Statistical Services Branch of the DESA Statistics Division, provided a briefing on the preliminary indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda.

Stakeholder Trainings during the March Post-2015 Negotiations

Monday, 23 March, 1:15 - 2:45pm

Beyond2015, SD2015 and the Tellus Institute conducted an advocacy training on how to successfully engage government delegates during the remaining post-2015 intergovernmental sessions: 'Making your voice heard: How to influence the post-2015 development agenda'

Location: Room 2726 on the 27th floor of the UN Secretariat Building

26-27 May UN General Assembly interactive hearings for the post-2015 development agenda: Apply for stakeholder steering committee and provide input for programme themes

UN-NGLS will facilitate a stakeholder steering committee for these post-2015 hearings and invites applications through 29 March. UN-NGLS also invites stakeholders to contribute suggestions for the themes to be addressed during the hearings through this online form. For more information on both of these opportunities, please click here.

17-20 February negotiating session on the Declaration component of the post-2015 agenda

The second round of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations took place from 17-20 February at UN Headquarters. The full session was webcast and the archived videos can be found here. This session focused on the Declaration component of the agenda.

On 19 February, the co-facilitators of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN, released a discussion document for the Declaration section of the he Post-2015 Development Agenda. This document contains 15 paragraphs that present ideas for Member States to consider including in the Declaration.

UN DESA DSD and UN-NGLS invited non-governmental stakeholders to provide suggested text / language that is inspirational and aspirational for any of these paragraphs. Submissions received can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/p2015-declaration-paragraphs-submitted. A compilation document of all submissions will be prepared by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD with attributions, and reviewed by the United Nations as the first draft of the Declaration is crafted for consideration by UN Member States.

The discussion document was a follow-up to a draft elements paper for the Declaration section that was released by the co-facilitators of the negotiations on 5 February. The elements paper and the programme of work for the February negotiating session are available at http://bit.ly/2015Declaration-Elements. The Elements Document is based on views expressed during the January stocktaking session, where there was general consensus that the Declaration should be concise, visionary, ambitious, actionable, communicable and simple.

UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development and UN-NGLS have created an online form for civil society organizations and organizations participating in the Major Groups to provide their comments and views on the draft elements paper: http://bit.ly/p2015_Declaration_Feedback. Responses received can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2015Declaration_Received. The February Stakeholder Steering Committee produced a summary of the feedback received so far to present to Member States during the February negotiating session, available here.

Thursday, 19 February interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders from 10:00am-1:00pm in the Trusteeship Council Chamber

Following an open call for applications, the February Stakeholder Steering Committee has selected the following 21 speakers to intervene during this interactive dialogue: http://bit.ly/19Feb-Speakers-MGoS. The draft programme for this dialogue is available here: http://bit.ly/19FebMGoS-Programme.

Similar to the January negotiating session, a total of 12 seats with microphones will be allocated for the use of Major Groups and other stakeholders on a rotational basis in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. Six of these seats will be for use by representatives of the February Steering Committee and six for the Major Groups. Additional seating for representatives of Major Groups and other stakeholders will be available in the balcony area of the Trusteeship Council Chamber. 

Daily coordination meetings for Major Groups and other stakeholders Wednesday-Friday 9:00-9:45am

All stakeholders are welcome to join caucusing meetings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00-9:45am. The meeting on Wednesday will take place in Conference Room B of the Conference Building, which is on level 1b. The meetings on Thursday and Friday will take place in Room 2726 of the UN Secretariat Building. At the start of the meeting on Wednesday morning, Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director of the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development, will provide an update for stakeholders about the post-2015 process.

Side Events

The list of side events to be held during the 17-20 February session is available at: http://bit.ly/P2015Feb-Side-Events

Stakeholder trainings during the February post-2015 negotiations

Tuesday, 17 February, 1:15 - 2:45pm
Beyond2015, SD2015 and the Tellus Institute invite stakeholders to this advocacy training on how to successfully engage government delegates during the remaining post-2015 intergovernmental sessions: 'Making your voice heard: How to influence the post-2015 development agenda'
Location: Room 2726 UN Secretariat Building


Tuesday, 17 February, 6:30-7:30pm
The UNDP Post-2015 Team, UN Millennium Campaign and World We Want 2015 invite stakeholders to a training on the use of new data mining and visualization tools on the www.WorldWeWant2015.org web platform. This platform showcases more than 2 years of UN and civil society consultations and related civil society reports that have contributed to the evolution of the post-2015 development agenda. Concept Note:http://bit.ly/17Feb-Peoples-Voices
Location: Room 2726 UN Secretariat Building

Summaries, statements and videos of the 19-21 January negotiating session

The first negotiating session on the post-2015 development agenda took place from on 19-21 January at UN Headquarters. Please see the Summary of this Stocktaking meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-­2015 Development Agenda, based on concluding remarks/observations made by the Co-­Facilitators of the negotiations, Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN. Videos of the 19-21 January negotiations are available here.

On Wednesday, 21 January, from 3:00-5:00 pm, the co-facilitators of the post-2015 negotiations convened an interactive dialogue with representatives of Major Groups and other stakeholders. Please see the video (beginning at minute 30:00) of this interactive dialogue.

All available statements by Member States and Major Groups and other Stakeholders are available here (click on the statements tab): https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/stock-taking

On 16 January, a post-2015 Stakeholder Preparatory Forum took place, organized by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD in collaboration with the January Stakeholder Steering Committee. A summary produced by the Steering Committee is available here: http://bit.ly/16Jan-Prep-Forum-Summary

The list of side events that took place during the 19-21 January session is available here.

More information is availalble at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015

About the post-2015 development agenda

The intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda begin in January 2015. In December, UN Member States informally agreed on draft resolution A/69/L.43 “Organization of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda,” which includes the decision that the summit will be held from 25-27 September at UN Headquarters, as a high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly. Draft decision A/69/L.46 on the modalities for the negotiations lays out a road map from January through July 2015 and designates the theme of the Summit as “Transforming the world: realizing the post-2015 development agenda.”

The outcome document of the Summit will likely include the following elements: declaration; sustainable development goals and targets; means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development; and follow-up and review. Similar to draft resolution A/69/L.43, the modalities decision reiterates the need to ensure effective coordination between the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and other relevant UN intergovernmental processes in order to promote coherence, build synergies and minimize duplication of efforts.

Provisional road map of the Intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda

•    19-21 January (3 days) — Stocktaking
•    17-20 February (4 days) — Declaration
•    23-27 March (5 days) — Sustainable Development Goals and targets
•    20-24 April (5 days) — Means of Implementation and global partnership for sustainable development
•    18-22 May (5 days) — Follow-up and review
•    22-25 June (4 days) — Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document
•    20-24 July and 27-31 July (10 days) — Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document

Respond to the UN Secretary-General's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda

On 31 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda to UN Member States: “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.” The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) invite Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders to submit their official responses to the report to a central online repository via this online form: http://bit.ly/Submit-CSO-Response-SG-Synthesis. The responses received can be viewed here.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.

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