UN-NGLS is pleased to present its report "Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda," the synthesis of a four-month consultation conducted in writing and via teleconferences with 120 regional civil society networks. The report can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2015RegionalConsultation [pdf].
The consultation, launched on 31 May 2013, gathered critical analysis from civil society on the UN post-2015 development agenda. This initiative was conducted in partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and with support from the UN Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Ford Foundation.
This report, presenting recommendations from regional civil society networks, was delivered to the Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, Heads of State and Government attending the General Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals on 25 September, and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs). This report also formed the basis of a day of dialogue between civil society and UN Member States on 22 September 2013 regarding regional recommendations toward the post-2015 development agenda.
A subsequent report that integrates contributions from national and international civil society organizations with these regional perspectives will be delivered in December 2013 to the Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, and the OWG on SDGs.
UN-NGLS has synthesized the findings according to four main objectives for the post-2015 development agenda, which surfaced through clear convergence of priorities identified by regional civil society networks:
• Rebalance power relations for justice
• Fulfill human rights and overcome exclusion
• Ensure equitable distribution and safe use of natural resources
• Establish participatory governance, accountability and transparency
Section I of this report – Regional Convergences – presents a summary of the principal civil society recommendations for achieving each of these four objectives, representing expert analysis received from all regions during the consultation. Sections II-VI provide detailed reports of the findings from each region, organized according to the four main objectives that were identified.
Section II Asia and the Pacific
Section III Latin America and the Caribbean
Section IV Europe and North America
Section V Africa
Section VI Arab States
Each of these sections serves as a stand-alone synthesis of regional contributions. Overlap between them demonstrates the significant convergence of critical priorities amongst civil society in all regions, and therefore presents a powerful demand for attention and action by the post-2015 development agenda. The comprehensive report as a whole includes unique insights and important proposals, which have been supplemented by hyperlinked resources to provide supplementary reading on subjects that are raised. Therefore, this report is best read on an electronic device.
The 120 regional civil society networks and social movements that contributed to this consultation collectively collaborate with over 3,000 national and community-based organizations.
This report presents robust analysis for consideration by all stakeholders involved in formulating the post-2015 development agenda. Due to the limited timeframe of the consultation, this report does not attempt to represent a full range of civil society and other stakeholders’ views on the post-2015 development agenda. UN-NGLS has made every effort, however, to accurately and comprehensively portray the breadth of expert perspectives received. UN-NGLS acknowledges the outstanding quality of the contributions received during this consultation, and is grateful to all who participated.