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As UN negotiations on the post 2015 framework begin to tackle the complex issues of accountability, review and follow up, the diversity of views, perspectives and the lack of concrete proposals make the likelihood of finding an agreement remote indeed.

To “break the ice” on the issue, let’s use Stefano Prato’s [1] categorization of review, accountability and follow up, which is particularly helpful.

MEDIA STATEMENT | United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

GENEVA 2 June 2015 - A number of free trade and investment agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are currently being negotiated. A group of UN experts* have issued the following statement to express concern about the secret nature of drawing up and negotiating many of these agreements and the potential adverse impact of these agreements on human rights:

We, social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defense of food sovereignty and the right to food in Africa, met at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015 to unite those opposing the G8 “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition”. Social movements and organizations from Africa shared their experiences and analysis about the impacts of the New Alliance in their countries and participants from all over the world agreed to support their struggles against this threat to food sovereignty and agro-ecology.

During the Follow Up and Review session (18-22 May 2015) - within the broader intergovernmental process of the Post 2015 development agenda -  the co-facilitators have convened an 'Interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other stakeholders from the post 2015 process' on May 20th.

Representation of women in Kenya’s Parliament has been and remains minimal. Only 9.8% of the tenth Parliament was comprised of women, and only 20.7% of the eleventh (sitting) Parliament is women — the lowest in East Africa. Underrepresentation of women in positions of power is untenable; a country simply cannot progress economically, politically or socially without half its citizens participating meaningfully in political spheres and critical decision-making processes.

Marina Ponti, Social Watch | As negotiations on the draft outcome of the Financing for Development Conference resume at the United Nations in New York, the European Commission launches its 2015 European Report on Development titled Combining finance and policies to implement a transformative post-2015 development agenda to contribute to the debate[1].

In efforts to disseminate Kenya Inequalities report findings to critical stakeholders and policy makers, SID approached the Executive Committee of County Assemblies Forum (CAF) through the Member Services Committee to seek a partnership that would facilitate the SID research data and the needs CAF to build the capacities of county assemblies in their role of providing oversight over county executive.

As follow up of SID study on Kenya Inequalities, SID is organizing County meetings in partnership with the  Ward representatives from 10 Counties in Kenya to disseminate the research findings of the study.

Aldo Caliari, Righting Finance | As the co-facilitators of the Third Financing for Development Conference, to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) coming July released the first draft outcome document for negotiations (“Zero draft” or “the Draft”), RightingFinance issued a human rights assessment of it.

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