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UN-NGLS's Post-2015 Consultations

During the course of 2012-2013, UN-NGLS carried out two online consultations with civil society to inform the work of the High-level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Agenda and one regional consultation at the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, based on teleconferences carried out in four languages: Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Advancing Regional Recommendations"Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda" is the synthesis of a four-month consultation conducted by UN-NGLS via teleconferences and in writing with 120 regional civil society networks. The report can be downloaded here [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.

UN-NGLS 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. The regional consultation was hosted on the World We Want platform here.


Policy Briefs for the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs)

Drawing on the inputs received during the regional consultation described above, UN-NGLS delivered a series of policy briefs to the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs) presenting civil society recommendations on the subjects in focus during the OWG sessions.

The following policy briefs were produced for the OWG on SDGs:

1) Recommendations on Macroeconomic Issues
2) Recommendations on Energy
3) Recommendations on Means of Implementation in the New Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
4) Recommendations on Human Rights
5) Recommendations on Global Governance
6) Recommendations on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Climate Change Mitigation
7) Recommendations on Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality
8) Recommendations on the Ocean and Seas

The recommendations have been compiled from civil society consultations conducted by UN-NGLS, as described in the introduction of each brief, including:

  • The teleconference-based consultation that resulted in the report Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Agenda in 2013;
  • An online consultation on four post-2015 reports to the Secretary-General in 2013;
  • A teleconference and meeting-based consultation on the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in 2012;
  • A consultation for the UN Secretary - General’ s High - level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) in 2010;
  • A consultation for the Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System in 2009;
  • The December 2013-January 2014 online consultation orchestrated by the Addressing Inequalities Networked Alliance (AINA) and co-moderated by UN-NGLS on the issues brief “Promoting Equality, including Social Equity” produced by the UN inter-agency Technical Support Team for the OWG on SDGs.


December 2012–January 2013 consultation for the Post-2015 High-level Panel

At the request of the Secretariat for the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Post2015HLP), UN-NGLS facilitated a civil society consultation through 11 January 2013 to inform the Panel’s meeting in Monrovia, Liberia held from from 30 January to 2 February.

October – November 2012 consultation for the Post-2015 High-level Panel

UN-NGLS carried out an online consultation for the High-level Panel from 19 October to 7 November, in two phases. An initial two-page report from phase one (from 19 October to 26 October) took place ahead of the Panel’s meeting in London (31 October to 2 November), which focused on the issue of household poverty.

The result was a two-page briefing on initial consultation findings that aimed to inform the Panel in advance of their meeting on civil society views and expectations for a post-2015 development framework, especially in relation to the themes of “human development” and “Jobs and Livelihoods.”

After the first phase, the deadline for input on the consultation questions was extended until 7 November. A detailed final report of this consultation was delivered to the Panel on 26 November.

The report reflects 320 written contributions from 135 organizations, international networks and individual respondents from both the first phase and the second phase, as well as reports from meetings of the Panel’s outreach day on 2 November in London, which included: six civil society roundtable discussions, a private sector meeting, a Youth Event, and a Town Hall meeting between more than 200 representatives of civil society organizations and Panel members.

These consultations were hosted on the World We Want platform.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.


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