Post 2015 & FFD3: Interactive dialogue with major groups and other stakeholders
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. The session agenda was conceived to debate principles, actions and effective measures to ensure a transparent follow - up and review process in the implementation of the post 2015 agenda as well as an effective system to monitor, review and assess progress, achievements and possible challenges of the same process.
More information about the session, incl. the list of the interventions, can be found here
As reported in the memo prepared by the Post 2015 Women Coalition, the discussion was lively and saw the participation of different representatives of Major Groups, other stakeholders, and member states. The co-facilitators wished civil society would feel representation in speaking is more balanced this time and expressed their intention to continue to champion their access to these meetings. 'Presentations were made by members of civil society on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, the issue of empowering women and girls, economic and social rights, wild-life, access to clean water, the rights of people with disabilities, science and technology, the right to education, and responsibilities of the private sector and transnational corporations. There was a strong call from civil society to stress the principal of ‘leaving no one behind’ and ensuring that data is disaggregated for all- especially to reflect the situation for the most vulnerable people as well as the most impoverished people. CS representatives stressed the importance of inclusivity and called for people living in poverty to be active participants in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
As pointed out in the Women's Major Groups Recommendations, only 'Robust, transparent and participatory monitoring and accountability mechanisms can improve the credibility, ownership and effectiveness of the Post 2015 Agenda for people and for states, and make the entire process more transforamtive and responsive to people's needs and for the sustainability of our planet'.
SID managing director, Stefano Prato, also contributed to the discussion as part of the NGO Major Group. His contribution included three concrete suggestions to help ensuring the process is transparent and effective: 1) Allowing the direct participation of citizens in the follow up and review process through the establishemnt of a National Sustanaible Development Strategy led by a National Council for Sustainable Development responsible for designing a process that is inclusive and participatory with all differenct constituencies represented; 2) Recognizing the natural tension existing between public and private interests and thus establishing robust safegueards to protect the process against conflict of interests and ex ante criteria to determine the legitimacy for any private interests driven actors to participate; 3) Supporting the HLPF-centred monitoring and accountability framework with a complementary [but not substitutive] FFD inter-governmental follow up mechanism, to advance the normative process that is necessary to proceed towards a broader reform of the overall economic governance. Read and download the full speech
UN NGLS side event with Women's Major Group and SID
The issues of credibility and accountability of the monitoring process were discussed during the side event 'Accountability for the Post-2015 and Financing for Development Agendas' co-hosted by UN NGLS, Women Major Groups and SID on May 20. More information are available here