The implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should match the level of ambition of the post-2015 agenda, asserts the CPDE, a global CSO platform on development effectiveness, in a response statement released last 17 August.
“Ultimately, the success of this agenda will be weighed by its ability to address the root causes of poverty and inequality, and ensure human rights and welfare across all dimensions,” the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) said.
The statement responds to the post-2015 outcome document approved through consensus by 193 member states last August 2 at the United Nations headquarters, New York. The post-2015 outcome document titled “Transforming Our World 2030” features 17 goals and 169 targets that will set the framework for global development in the next 15 years.
The draft will be formally adopted at the UN Summit this coming September. The CPDE response can be read below:
CPDE Response to the Post-2015 Outcome Document
CPDE recognizes the international community’s commitment to a people-centred post-2015 development agenda that pledges to leave no one behind. It is by far the most ambitious attempt of governments to come up with a holistic solution to the world’s problems that encompasses social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development. Following almost three years of negotiations, 193 member states approved by consensus the final outcome document last August 2 gathering inputs from a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society.
We acknowledge the positive elements in the final draft of the post-2015 outcome document titled “Transforming Our World 2030” that features 17 goals and 169 targets that will set the framework for global development in the next 15 years. We take note of the consistent reaffirmation of fundamental effectiveness principles including references to country ownership and leadership as well as on accountable forms of governance. However, we believe that the document falls short on the level of commitment required to deliver on such an ambitious agenda.
We believe that there should be a stronger call for the post-2015 development agenda to adopt a rights-based approach and support internationally agreed commitments on human rights, decent work, gender equality, environmental sustainability and disability. In this vein, we express disappointment on the deletion of migrant status, ethnicity and age from paragraph 19 that addresses issues of discrimination. We also urge governments to explicity recognize the Right to Development throughout the text.
A major point of contention as in most international negotiations is the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR). CBDR is a key Rio principle that recognizes differences in the countributions of developed and developing countries to environmental problems, and differentiates responsibility based on each country’s respective economic and technical capacity. The section on CBDR was dropped at the last minute and was not upheld throughout the SDG framework. We strongly reiterate that CBDR is a crucial goalpost and guiding principle that should be upheld beyond the confines of climate discussions.
The post-2015 outcome document will undoubtedly bear an impact on the upcoming climate negotiations this December. We express disappointment in the deletion of important references that address mitigation, adaptation, and support to developing countries. Furthermore, references to climate finance remain weak and fails to distinguish it seperately from ODA.
Means of Implementation (MOI), Follow-up and Review
Crucial to this agenda is a robust follow-up and review mechanism to take stock of progress and ensure the agenda’s effective implementation. In this light, we share below some key recommendations focusing on the Means of Implementation (MOI) and follow-up and review:
On Monitoring and Review:
On Means of Implementation:
On the Meaningful Participation of Civil Society:
Ultimately, the success of this agenda will be weighed by its ability to address the root causes of poverty and inequality, and ensure human rights and welfare across all dimensions. A step in this direction requires the implementation of the post-2015 agenda to be rooted in, and building on the principles of democratic country ownership, social justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the right to development.
The challenge now lies in the global community to fulfil these commitments and measure up to the level of ambition required to implement the agenda effectively while adhering to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.
CPDE remains committed to engage and contribute meaningfully in the implementation of the agenda at the national, regional, and global levels. We will continue to assert our rightful space and advance a sustainable world for all.
The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is an open platform working for better development. It unites more than 4,000 community organisations, trade unions, faith-based organisations, youth groups, feminist movements, indigenous groups and NGOs from around the world.
You can download the full document here.