Beyond 2015 pointed the absence of notions such as the eradication of hunger and malnutrition, the lack of ambition regarding gender equality and women’s rights or regarding citizen’s participation in the post-2015 process.
2015 marks a turning point for the post-2015 process ending in September this year with the adoption of the post-2015 agenda and hopefully with engagement on Climate issues from global leaders in Paris in December. After several years of deliberations, advocacy effort and more recently public mobilisation, CSOs around the globe are strongly focusing to ensure the intergovernmental negotiations taking place from January to July in New York will keep the level of ambition high for a truly transformative post-2015 agenda. The IFP is fully committed with its partners and colleagues Beyond 2015, Action/2015, CAN International and others.
During the first days of the year, Beyond 2015 issued a Reaction Document to the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 agenda. The IFP’s partner recognized the important contribution to the process made by this document and welcomed the support to the importance of human rights in the agenda as well as the integration of minorities (indigenous groups, LGBT community) who were kept out of the OWG Report issued last summer. However, Beyond 2015 pointed the absence of notions such as the eradication of hunger and malnutrition, the lack of ambition regarding gender equality and women’s rights or regarding citizen’s participation in the post-2015 agenda.
January 2015 also witnessed the successful launching of the global CSOs mobilisation movement Action/2015 for over 1,000 organisations in 125 countries, from massive participation to meetings with high-level politicians. Action/2015 is a movement made up of thousands of organisations and coalitions that reflect the diversity of activists fighting injustice, inequalities, poverty and climate change all over the world. Action/2015 acts for the merging of the SDGs and COP processes and already involves numerous IFP members for whom it is a good opportunity link with other social movements, environmental or human rights networks. The IFP will organize jointly with Action2015 half a day of workshop on National Mobilisation around the post-2015 agenda during the World Social Forum in Tunis.
CSOs coalitions on Climate issues are also preparing the coming event of the COP21 hosted in Paris in December 2015. It is time to take action to push governments to take strong commitments regarding Climate Change and implement them, especially after the mitigated outcomes of the COP20 in Lima.
Last week, CSOs were also looking towards New York where the UN Member States had their first session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations. The aim of this session was to take stock of the consultations, discussions and negotiations held so far and to get initial views from Member States on their priorities for the elements of the post-2015 agenda (Declaration, Integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into the broader post-2015 development agenda, means of implementation and follow up and review). This was the first time Member States started to share views on their national capacities on how the new post-2015 Declaration could be framed. There seems to be a consensus that this should set the ambition and aspirational tone of the whole agenda.
Finally, another very positive news was the great support from Member States – from different regions, from developing and developed countries – on the importance of continually receiving inputs from civil society and other stakeholders. Brazil, for instance, called for more civil society voices from the Global South to be represented in New York sessions. As mentioned by Ambassador Kamau (Kenya) in his final remarks, the co-facilitators want to keep the spirit of collaboration alive, as the participation of civil society and other stakeholders is essential to engage with the public.