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Spring 2015 has been a busy time at the UN, as Member States, UN Agencies and NGOs prepare for the Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September, and the conference on Financing for Development in July. In addition to Loretto’s participation in the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and our advocacy for the explicit naming of the human right to water and sanitation, here’s what we’ve been up to:
The United Nations is in the process of defining a post-2015 development agenda. This agenda will be launched at a Summit in September 2015, which is the target date for realizing the Millennium Development Goals. It is currently being elaborated through informal consultations of the UN General Assembly.
Since January, the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda have met for one week a month to discuss the many parts of the Agenda – the Declaration, Sustainable Development Goals and Targets, Means of Implementation and Global Partnership, and Follow-up and Review. Each month, the co-facilitators of these negotiations have held an interactive dialogue with civil society to discuss the respective themes. During the May dialogue on follow-up and review, our Loretto at the UN intern Cecilie spoke on behalf of Loretto, insisting that the review and follow-up framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda must protect and promote human rights, including the human right to water and sanitation. She also spoke about accountability and monitoring in the private sector, particularly that a legally-binding treaty should obligate the private sector to uphold human rights, and that public-private partnerships (PPPs) should be excluded for the provision of essential public services, like health, education and water and sanitation. Read Cecilie’s entire statement here, or watch the delivery below.
In anticipation of the Third World Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, governments are drafting the outcome document which should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The preparatory process has consisted of a series of informal interactive hearings with civil society and the business sector, as well as drafting sessions on the outcome document in January and April, with one more coming up in June. Additional sessions of meetings were inserted into the process in May and June. Throughout these negotiations, Loretto at the UN and our colleagues in the NGO Committee on Financing for Development have advocated for policies that put the needs of people and the planet before corporate profit.
During the most recent four-day session, delegates commented on a revised draft of the outcome document, consisting of three main sections, addressing: a global framework for financing sustainable development; an action agenda; and data, monitoring and follow-up. The action agenda is divided into chapters addressing: domestic public resources; domestic and international private business and finance; international public finance; international trade as an engine for development; debt and debt sustainability; addressing systemic issues; and science, technology, innovation and capacity building. Delegates offered general comments on the revised draft, and then conducted a paragraph-by-paragraph review of the text. Read the civil society contribution from the end of the week here.
Given the intensification of boat movements, and continued unbearable loss of life in the Mediterranean and Andaman Seas, the NGO Committee on Migration, particularly its Subcommittee on Protection at Sea, has continued to urge European and Southeast Asian countries to help boat people, who are entitled to their human rights and are in need of international aid and protection. Loretto recently signed on to two statements about the dire situation in the Mediterranean, which you can read here and here.