Post2015 Second Round of Consultations 2014.pdf

on Thu, December 12, 2013 at 04.52 pm

The post-2015 Development Agenda is the first major intergovernmental policy process in the UN informed by a comprehensive global consultation, reaching large numbers of poor and vulnerable people as well as policymakers, academics, experts, business people and interested citizens. The United Nations Development Group has guided this unprecedented effort, which has already influenced key reports such as that of the SG’s High Level Panel, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the Secretary General’s recent report on the MDGs and the post-2015 agenda: A Life of Dignity for All. Several countries and organizations have indicated that the consultations have contributed to shaping their positions on the agenda.   

So far the consultations have involved more than 1.3 million people. Throughout our engagement we have not only elicited valuable insights as to what the most critical development issues are around the world, we have heard consistent messages about people wanting to continue their involvement both in shaping the agenda and in implementing it.

Continuing an inclusive dialogue on post-2015 is a mandate given to the UN by Member States. The Outcome Document of the UNGA68 Special Event on the MDGs and post-2015 reads: “In arriving at an inclusive and people-centered post-2015 development agenda, we look forward to a transparent intergovernmental process which will include inputs from all stakeholders including civil society, scientific and knowledge institutions, parliaments, local authorities, and the private sector […] We count on the strong support of the UN system throughout all of our work”. The Secretary General has heard this and is requesting that the UN system build on the outcomes of the consultations already conducted: it should keep the channels of debate and engagement open as the intergovernmental process moves into its next phase. Contributing to an open dialogue around the post-2015 agenda will complement the broader platform that the UNDG and UN system will be supporting as the agenda further takes shape until 2015 when it will be adopted.

Key intergovernmental processes at the UN are in various stages, such as the OWG, the Expert Finance Committee, and the recently announced thematic sessions to be organized by the President of the General Assembly. While there are opportunities for direct engagement of civil society and other stakeholders in these discussions, it is largely limited to those able to engage directly in the proceedings in New York. What the UN development system is uniquely placed to do is twofold:

(1)    To ensure that a broader global community of interested stakeholders around the world (and especially those traditionally excluded from international policy processes can contribute to a coherent agenda by providing inputs both in their own countries and through the channels of the UN.

(2)    To create space and opportunities for interested groups and individuals to contribute specific ideas and proposals about sustainable development and the implementation of the post-2015 agenda at the country level

Engaging actors from outside of the UN in these consultations will continue to bring fresh ideas and monomentum to the process. While it made sense in the first phase to focus the consultations on the potential issues and areas to be included in a post-2015 development agenda, the means of implementation have surfaced throughout the process and are becoming increasingly central to the debate going forward. There is growing demand from Member States to get ideas and inputs both related to specific themes (drilling deeper on issues that have emerged in the consultations) and on how to make the agenda work.