Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Post-2015 Blog Week: 'Civil society has 12 months to get their voices heard' by Gerard Vives, Beyond 2015

 Gerard Vives is part of the global Secretariat for Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. Here he explains how you can get involved in the consultations for the post-2015 agenda.

Time is ticking. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015. And what comes next - the post-2015 framework - is already under discussion. A host of consultations are underway, led by civil society, national governments and the United Nations, to discuss both the lessons learnt from the MDGs and the new needs, challenges and aspirations that a new framework would have to address.

As stated in the report of the UN Task Team Realizing the Future We Want for All, from now until a special event which will take place during the UN General Assembly session of September 2013, the UN will put in place a participative process involving national, thematic and online consultations (see timeline here).

However, for these consultations to be meaningful and bring results, civil society needs to come together to discuss and reach a minimum consensus on the potential content of a post-2015 global agenda.

That’s where we come in.

Beyond 2015 is a civil society campaign working towards a global, overarching, cross-thematic post-2015 framework agreed on through a process that is participatory, inclusive and responsive to voices of those directly affected by poverty and injustice.

Our campaign, which brings together more than 400 organisations in 82 countries, is currently working to bring civil society voices to the forefront so that their priorities are taken into account when designing The World We Want Beyond 2015.

UN National Consultations

Countries where UN National Consultations will take place

At the national level, the UN is preparing a series of consultations to take place in at least 50 countries from now until the first quarter of 2013. These consultations will involve - as the Guidelines of the UN Development Group show- NGOs, civil society, community-based organizations, indigenous peoples, women’s and social movements, among others.

To encourage and facilitate engagement in these consultations, we’ve published an updated version of the Toolkit for national deliberations produced by Beyond 2015, GCAP and UNMC. Participating organisations in the campaign have also received further guidance on how to reach out to UN country teams.

The 9 themes for consultation
UN Thematic Consultations

The UN has already launched some of the nine thematic consultations which, from May 2012 to June 2013, will delve into the views of all stakeholders. They’ll look at a number of topics identified as the current central challenges to the post-2015 development.  

To prepare the campaign’s input for each of these consultations, we’ve also launched a call for volunteers and selected a few participating organisations which, with the help of thematic drafting groups, will lead on the campaign’s work to prepare positions papers for these consultations.  

World We Want 2015 web platform

As also mentioned in the Task Team's report, the third pillar of the UN process is stimulating and supporting citizen and stakeholder engagement with the post-2015 agenda.

A web platform, www.worldwewant2015.org, was launched on 31st July 2012 to coincide with the announcement of the UN High Level Panel on post-2015. Beyond 2015, GCAP, and the UN Millennium Campaign will use this website to bring the priorities of people from every corner of the world to the forefront and help build a collective vision based on the aspirations of all citizens.

Time is ticking. Civil society around the world has twelve months to make their voices heard before the process of deciding on the post-2105 development framework enters into a new, more intergovernmental phase.

If you want to know more about this process and how to be part of it, please visit www.beyond2015.org.

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