The UN Post-2015 Development Agenda

PatriciaChaves100x100By: Patricia Chaves, Senior Sustainable Development Officer UNDESA – Division for Sustainable Development

 

 


Kenya and Ireland to Lead Intergovernmental Consultations

The United Nations is preparing to embark on the challenging journey to define an ambitious, inclusive, integrated and transformative post 2015 development agenda to be adopted by a Summit of Heads of State and Government in September 2015.

The Permanent Representatives of Kenya and Ireland to the United Nations, two very skillful and seasoned diplomats, have been appointed by the President of the General Assembly as co-facilitators to lead “open, inclusive and transparent” consultations on the new agenda. In the United Nations context, these words carry high expectations of clear modalities of participation, ample opportunities for exchanges of views and commitment to reach outcomes by consensus. Ownership from all UN Member States of the outcome of this intergovernmental process will be fundamental for the successful impact of the new agenda. As any veteran in UN affairs will attest, this is not an easy task.

The aim: an agenda to ensure the eradication of poverty and
the achievement of sustainable development by 2030.

The co-facilitators have prepared a “food for thought”[1] document, outlining their proposals for modalities and dates for the intergovernmental negotiations, working methods, and scope for the substantive consultations. The co-facilitators are also encouraging Member States to offer proposals on themes for the interactive dialogues to be held during the three day Summit in 2015.

It is the aim of the process to reach agreement on an ambitious and transformative agenda which would ensure the eradication of poverty and the achievement of sustainable development by 2030.

It is also envisioned that the outcome document to be agreed by Member States during the negotiations and which Heads of State and Government will adopt at the September 2015 Summit will have four main components: 1. A declaration; 2. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators; 3. Means of Implementation and an enhanced Global Partnership; and 4. A framework for reviewing progress and monitoring implementation.

The Secretary General has been requested to prepare a report synthetizing the full range of inputs from intergovernmental processes since the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 or Rio+20. The Secretary General synthesis report[2], which will be considered as an important input of the negotiations, offers his vision of six elements to help “frame and reinforce the universal, integrated and transformative nature of a sustainable development agenda and ensure that the ambition expressed by Member States in the outcome of the Open Working Group on the sustainable development goals translates, communicates and is delivered at the country level”.

There have been concerns that the 17 Goals and 169 targets that the Open Working Group agreed to propose to the General Assembly could present challenges in practical and actual implementation at the country and global levels. The Secretary General hopes that his six proposed elements (people, dignity, prosperity, justice, partnership and planet, in no particular order), as indicated in the figure below, will serve as an integrated “set of principles, that applied together, can bring about a truly universal transformation of sustainable development”.

Source: UN Secretary General’s Synthesis Report,  Advanced unedited copy, released 4 December 2014

Source: UN Secretary General’s Synthesis Report, Advanced unedited copy, released 4 December 2014

What to Expect in the Coming Months?

The proposed schedule of intergovernmental consultations for 2015 is quite intense. Sessions have been arranged to take place sometimes twice a month from January to July 2015 at the UN Headquarters. A first draft of the outcome document will be shared with delegations in early January 2015.

Two informal consultations to elicit further views from Member States have been scheduled on December 3 and 16, 2014. Further clarity from delegations on organizational and substantive aspects of the negotiations will be expected during these sessions.

Arrangements may need to be advanced to ensure close interaction with other processes having a bearing in the post 2015 intergovernmental negotiations. A Third Conference on Financing for Development is scheduled to take place in July 2015 with expectations that financial needs, requirements and sources to implement the envisioned sustainable development goals will be addressed. Some countries have indicated their interest to address all means of implementation for the post 2015 development agenda at that Conference, which may include the issue of technology facilitation and the shaping of a future Global Partnership for enhanced international cooperation.

Negotiations on a climate change agreement to be decided in Paris in late 2015 will also be unfolding during next year. Some member states have expressed their interest for the post 2015 negotiations to follow up with the climate change process to allow for synergies and complementarities between the two processes while respecting the distinct character of the climate change negotiations.

The UN system is ready to support the intergovernmental negotiations when technical materials, dedicated advice and specialized briefings are requested by Member States to facilitate their discussions and agreements.

For now, comprehensive preparations by members of delegations, civil society actors and the UN system are taking place to start negotiations in full force in January 2015. The world is watching and expecting robust political will to advance an ambitious and transformational agenda.

About the Author: Patricia Chaves is currently a Senior Sustainable Development Officer at the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development. She has 20 years of in-depth knowledge and experience in international policy development and policy making. As a member of the UN Secretariat’s team servicing the Rio+20 Conference (Brazil – 2012), Ms. Chaves was instrumental in the conceptualization and organization of the Partnerships Forum at that Conference which is considered the largest conference ever convened by the United Nations.

Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Chaves was a career Foreign Service officer of the government of Costa Rica.

[1] http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/11/141114_post-2015-agenda.pdf

[2] http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/5527SR_advance%20unedited_final.pdf

The Global Sourcing Council’s Annual Meeting – Jan 22, 2015

The GSC is pleased to announce its Annual Meeting and Executive Round Table, will take place on January 22, 2015 in New York City in the Bank of America Building, located at Bryant Park 1 (off Avenue of the Americas between 42nd and 43rd Streets).

All GSC members in good standing are invited to attend in person or via telephone.

Non-GSC members interested in attending the Executive Round Table – please contact the Chair of the Meeting: Aditya Saharia, saharia@fordham.edu 

The meeting is hosted by the Durst Organization, http://www.durst.org/sustainability

Program:         Exclusive Tour of the Platinum LEED BofA Building

Organizational Meeting

Board Election

Executive Round Table and GSC Annual Meeting: “Robotics Revolution: More Productivity, Less Jobs – Who Should Care?”

Robots – they dazzle with allure of entering the future here and now. They project seductive images of better, faster, more productive… whatever we do, professionally and personally. They replace less reliable humans and bring more efficiency and reliability into the process.  What wonderful times we live in!  What challenging times we live in…

A panel of top experts in the field of robotics and sustainability will present diverse perspectives on the digital revolution and its consequences to global business. They will also pose the questions: Why should we care? Who should care?

The Durst Organization, host of this GSC event, is committed to sustainable and socially responsible development, which is exemplified by the simple philosophy:  “Leave a place better than you found it”. Please visit their website to learn more about their commitment: http://www.durst.org/sustainability

Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing Awards (3S Awards)

Prospectus 3S Award 1Brought to you by The Global Sourcing Council (Prospectus 3S Award)

Calling all individuals and organizations with aSocially Responsible Conscience!

Showcase your work and stand to win an award!

The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional social and economic leadership in innovating, improving and implementing Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S) practices. 3S practices are those activities that individuals or organisations do to ensure that they make a meaningful impact across their value chain into the lives of the of the buyers, suppliers, business partners, advisory services and surrounding communities, which are not only socially responsible but sustainable as well. Previous winners of the 3S Awards can be seen on www.gscouncil.org.

Apply in one of the following six (6) categories:

  • 3S Community Engagement Award: This award is focused on organizations that influence and make sustainable a single or multiple communities by providing employment, making available building block resources for survival, providing educational tools and resources and enabling communities by availing business opportunities.
  • 3S Employee Engagement Award: The Employee Engagement Award is aimed at businesses/organizations that empower their employees towards 3S actions. This would include but is not limited to engaging employees in sustainable and socially responsible practices through the company/various groups and providing tools for employees (educational/ vocational).
  • 3S Empowered Women Award: This award recognizes 3S initiatives taken to empower women that are part of global supply chains or their surrounding communities, as well as honoring women who have made a 3S difference.
  • 3S Impact Sourcing Award: This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have established and implemented impact sourcing practices to benefit disadvantaged communities.
  • 3S Innovative Sourcing Award: This award recognizes innovative 3S initiatives across all industries and platforms.
  • 3S People’s Choice Award: This award is based on popular vote by the sourcing community. Videos from all categories will be up for voting and the most popular submission will make the cut for the award.

Applications for 3S Awards are now being accepted. You may request an application by contacting Gary S. Pasricha, Chairman of 2015 3S Awards, at gary.pasricha@gscouncil.org. Applications will involve submission of an on-line application and short video (approximately 3 minutes) highlighting the applicant’s achievements in the offered awards categories.

All applications will be evaluated by independent judges who are experts in the fields of sustainability, social responsibility, and sourcing. The People’s Choice Award is an open online competition subject to one vote per IP address.

prizes

In the past, prizes have varied from the actual receiving of a physical Award itself, to hands-on training and skills development in the form of a Boot Camp and in instances where significant sponsorship was available, monetary rewards have been given to the winners. The 3S Boot Camp participation consists of training sessions and conferences that have helped companies scale-up and develop their socially responsible business practices. Each year, the winners have gained unique exposure to world media and C-suite global business people from across sectors, around the world.

The prizes for the upcoming 2015 3S Awards will be announced closer to the date of the Awards.

sponsorship opps

3S Awards Host Sponsor $50K
Platinum Sponsor $30K
Gold Sponsor $20K
Silver Sponsor $10K
Bronze Sponsor $5K
GSC Web Meeting sponsor $1K

*Details of your benefits under each sponsorship package are available upon request.

*Customized packages are also available upon request.

application entries

Entries will be accepted until March 31, 2015.

date for awards

The Awards Ceremony will be held in New York City in June 2015.

This is a wonderful way to promote your socially responsible business and dedication to global sustainability. You can support the 3S Awards program financially or with valuable in-kind support including but not limited to: food/beverage, graphic design, printing, marketing and other information technology opportunities, social media exposure, GSC website maintenance or the gift of your time to volunteer to help in the build-up towards the Awards Ceremony or during the Ceremony itself in New York .

CONTACT:

Websites: www.gsc3SAwards.com
www.gscouncil.org
Twitter Handles: @3SAwards
@globalsourcing

Or, email Gary S. Pasricha (gary.pasricha@gscouncil.org), Chairman of the 2015 3S Awards for additional information