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Beyond 2105 Focus States Project
Final report

Author of the report: Ella Masle-Farquhar, Beyond 2015 International Officer

Date: 24/11/2015
Content of the report:

  1. Mapping of Focus States’ explicit support for Beyond 2015 values

  2. Mapping of Focus States’ endorsement of Beyond 2015 positions during the intergovernmental negotiations

  3. Mapping of Focus States Project activities’ contribution to building political will regarding the implementation of the SDGs, and to strengthening civil society participation in the implementation phase




  1. Analysis of output 2 of the Focus States Project (the positions of the Focus States in relation to the post-2015 agenda reflect those of Beyond 2015)


1.1 Analysis of Focus States’ explicit support for Beyond 2015 values
Legend:

Mapping based on information provided by Beyond 2015 leads
*This mapping is not exhaustive. It was developed on the basis of country statements found on the official website of the post-2015 negotiations and presentations shared with Beyond 2015.




Zimbabwe

Kenya

South Korea

Indonesia
*Note from FSP final narrative report: INFID established 10 sectoral focal points, including on several Beyond 2015 values (human rights, peace, equality, environment – leading inter alia to the government advocating strongly for SDG 16 & SDG 4

Kiribati

Samoa

Colombia

Environmental sustainability

national position paper on the post-2015 agenda (June 2015) sets climate change action as a cross-cutting government goal from 2016-2030










Kiribati statement delivered during UN Summit: real test of Agenda 2030 is leaving no-one behind by tacking climate change

Samoa statement delivered during UN Summit: urgency of combating climate change

Colombia statement delivered during UN Summit: emphasized environmental pillar of the SDGs due to the country’s rich biodiversity
Lead agency considers this value to have been incorporated by the government t (source: final narrative report)

Human rights

outcome document of the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015) endorsed by local authorities affirms the need for effective, transparent, democratic and accountable institutions, as well gender equality and women’s empowerment, to reach the SDGs

Lead agency reports that Kenya backed civil society’s letter asking to keep strong human rights language in the outcome document

Hannah’s analysis of Korean government positions: in January: post-2015 agenda should be anchored in human rights
Statement delivered by Korea during June IGN, on 23 June: stronger language needed on human rights
Statement delivered by Korea during June IGN, on 24 June: call for dignity and justice to be included in Preamble

Focus States Project final narrative report: “Indonesia reaffirms the importance of women, young people and persons with disabilities to engage in discussions on SDGs.”







Lead agency doesn’t consider this value to have been incorporated by the government t (source: final narrative report)

Equity

Statement by the ambassador of Zimbabwe during the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development (13 April 2015): addressing wealth and income inequalities within and between countries described as a priority for the post-2015 agenda
-outcome document of the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015) endorsed by local authorities recognizes the need to reduce inequalities and create opportunities for all to achieve the SDGs. The outcome document specifically i) states that development must be inclusive and people-centred and benefit and involve all people, ii) reaffirms commitments to ensuring women’s equal rights, access and opportunities for participation and leadership in the economy, society and political decision-making
- national position paper on the post-2015 agenda (June 2015) sets a vision centred on equity (vision of “growth that is delicately balanced with equity”) and equity-based government priorities for 2016-2020: achieving gender equality, empowering women, promoting inclusive growth and industrialization, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, promoting life-long learning opportunities for all

Statement delivered by Kenya during UN Summit: need for international community to redouble efforts to ensure no one and no country is left behind

Hannah’s analysis of Korean government position in January: post-2015 agenda needs to pay special attention to social protection for vulnerable people and the elimination of income inequality
Hannah’s analysis of Korean gov position in February: Declaration should make specific reference to people with disabilities as both beneficiaries and agents of sustainable development

Statement delivered by Korea during June IGN, on 23 June: stronger language needed on leave no-one behind and human rights



statement delivered during March IGN: recognises need to reduce inequalities within and between countries







MoFA presentation during March IGN: post-2015 strategy should adopt transformative measures with a territorial approach to reduce gaps among regions in Colombia; specific mention of Colombia’s commitment to “leave no one behind” through double-pronged post-2015 strategy (geographical and population approach + sectorial approach)
Lead agency considers this value to have been incorporated by the government t (source: final narrative report)

Poverty eradication

Statement by the ambassador of Zimbabwe during the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development (13 April 2015): poverty eradication described as a priority for the post-2015 agenda
- outcome document of the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015) endorsed by local authorities recognizes the need to end poverty to reach the SDGs
- national position paper on the post-2015 agenda (June 2015) sets poverty eradication as a cross-cutting government goal from 2016-2030

Statement delivered by Kenya during UN Summit: glad that Agenda 2030 recognises ending poverty in all forms as overarching goal




Statement delivered by Indonesia during June IGN, on 22 June: pleased with focus on poverty eradication as the greatest challenge for sustainable development
Focus States Project final report: “In nearly every statement issued, the government of Indonesia stresses on the urgency of alleviating poverty.”







MoFA presentation during March IGN: post-2015 strategy must aim to “eradicate poverty in an irreversible manner in all the territory”; specific mention of Colombia “opt[ing] for a multidimensional measure of poverty”
Statement delivered by Colombia during July IGN, on 20 July: reference to poverty in all its forms and dimensions needed
Joint statement delivered by Colombia, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica during July IGN: reference to poverty in all its forms “and dimensions” needed

Well-being

- outcome document of the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015) endorsed by local authorities recognizes the need to foster equitable social development and inclusion to reach the SDGs
- national position paper on the post-2015 agenda (June 2015) sets the promotion of well-being for all as a priority government goal for 2016-2020 and states that “the success of long term growth and development should be measured not by economic growth rates, but by quantitative and qualitative improvements in human development, and in the well-being of all citizens.”
















MoFA presentation during March IGN: post-2015 strategy should adopt transformative measures with a territorial approach to improve collective well-being

Peace & security

- national position paper on the post-2015 agenda (June 2015) sets the promotion of peaceful societies as a cross-cutting government goal from 2016-2030
















Colombia statement delivered during UN Summit: peace in Colombia crucial to the achievement of the SDGs
Lead agency considers this value (peace and social justice) to have been incorporated by the government t (source: final narrative report)

Global responsibility

Statement by the ambassador of Zimbabwe during the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development (13 April 2015): global partnerships and increased international cooperation described as a priority for the post-2015 agenda
- national position paper on the post-2015 agenda (June 2015) sets the strengthening of means of implementation and global partnerships as a cross-cutting government goals from 2016-2030







Focus States Project final narrative report: “Indonesia emphasizes that global development is the shared responsibility of all countries, and one of the contributions of developed countries is ODA.”










Accountability






















Participation

-outcome document of the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015) endorsed by local authorities calls for government to encourage the participation of indigenous peoples, persons living with disabilities, minorities and marginalized communities in decision-making, planning and implementation of policies and programs for the localization of the post-2015 agenda




Hannah’s analysis of Korean gov position in May: emphasis on participation

Focus States Project final narrative report: “Indonesia reaffirms the importance of women, young people and persons with disabilities to engage in discussions on SDGs.”

Kiribati statement delivered during UN Summit: specific call for inclusion in SDG implementation




Lead agency doesn’t consider this value to have been incorporated by the government (source: final narrative report)

Evidence

outcome document of the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015) endorsed by local authorities calls for government to encourage the participation of indigenous peoples, persons living with disabilities, minorities and marginalized communities in decision-making, planning and implementation of policies and programs for the localization of the post-2015 agenda




Hannah’s analysis of Korean gov position in May: emphasis on inclusiveness














Effectiveness

- outcome document of the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015) endorsed by local authorities affirms the need for effective, transparent, democratic and accountable institutions to reach the SDGs




Hannah’s analysis of Korean gov position in March: support for broad disaggregation of data to leave no one-behind

statement delivered during March IGN: indicators should be framed through a comprehensive approach to address the root causes of inequality







MoFA presentation during March IGN: the high-level inter-institutional commission on the SDGs aims to, inter alia, “promote international cooperation mechanisms, exchange of best practices and capacity-building”
Joint statement delivered by Colombia, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica during July IGN: used Beyond 2015’s “leave no one behind” language (para 4: “we will strive to see the goals and targets met for all nations and for all social and economic groups”; indicators must help measure progress for all social and economic groups; para 78 – HLPF should also focus on progress for the social and economic groups that are the furthest behind)


1.2 Analysis of Beyond 2015 positions endorsed by Focus States
Legend:

Mapping based on information provided by Beyond 2015 leads
*This mapping was developed on the basis of country statements found on the official website of the post-2015 negotiations and presentations shared with Beyond 2015. It is not exhaustive.

Project country

Beyond 2015 positions – how were they reflected in Focus States’ positions during the intergovernmental negotiations?

JAN
Comparison with Beyond 2015’s Key messages for the Stocktaking session (for Jan IGN)

FEB
Comparison with Beyond 2015’s Recommendations for the post-2015 agenda Declaration (for Feb IGN)

MARCH
Comparison with Beyond 2015’s Key messages on goals, targets and indicators (for March IGN)

APRIL
Comparison with Beyond 2015’s Recommendations on the means of implementation of the post-agenda (for April IGN)

MAY

Comparison with Beyond 2015’s Recommendations on the Accountability, Monitoring and Review framework for the Post-2015 Agenda (for May IGN)



JUNE
Comparison with Beyond 2015’s Reaction to the zero-draft (for June IGN)

JULY
Comparison with Beyond 2015’s Reactions to the revised zero-draft (for July IGN)

September
Analysis of implementation plans as outlined during UN Summit

Zimbabwe




Zimbabwe statement during Feb IGN, on behalf of the African Union, highlighting the principle of common but differentiated responsibility, stressing that developed countries should further support Africa













African Group statement delivered during July IGN, on 23 July: “development” should be included in title of post-2015 agenda
African Group statement delivered during July IGN, on 24 July: concerned about external timelines for national reviews of SDG progress




Kenya
Due to Kenya co-facilitating the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, Kenya decided not to take the floor during the negotiations



















African Group statement delivered during July IGN, on 24 July: concerned about external timelines for national reviews of SDG progress

Statement delivered by Kenya during UN Summit: commitment made to implement the SDGs with a focus on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, strengthening SDG means of implementation and revitalizing global partnerships for development

South Korea


Hannah’s analysis of Korean gov position in January: people’s participation encompasses participation of civil society, NGOs and private sector

Hannah’s analysis of Korean gov position in February: supports strong language in Declaration on equality, with call for specific reference to people with disabilities as both beneficiaries and agents of sustainable development

Hannah’s analysis of Korean gov position in March: support for broad disaggregation fo data to leave no one-behind; support for bottom-up and transparent process to develop indicators




Hannah’s analysis of Korean gov position in May: emphasis on participation and inclusiveness; participation of diverse stakeholders needed for national level review of progress in achieving the SDGs; “the Republic of Korea is ready to listen to valuable voices of all stakeholders including civil society and work together for our common noble objectives”

Statement delivered by Korea during June IGN, on 23 June: stronger language needed on leave no-one behind and human rights
Statement delivered by Korea during June IGN, on 24 June: welcomes key aspects of follow-up and review process advocated by Beyond 2015 (multi-tiered structure, multi-stakeholder participation; peer review at national level; role of the HLPF); call for participation of civil society and other non-state actors in follow-up and review to be more clearly facilitated




Statement delivered by South Korea during UN Summit: importance of Saemaul Undong principle for SDG implementation, particularly in rural areas (local engagement and ownership through incentives and competition)

Indonesia





Statement made by Indonesia during Feb IGN, on 17 Feb 2015:

-Acknowledged that the Declaration must set the tone for the post-2015 agenda and reflect the agenda’s transformative nature

-Acknowledged that the principle of CBDR must be integrated into the post-2015 agenda

-Acknowledged that means of implementation should not be reduced to financing means


Focus States Project final narrative report: “Global partnership has been included in the statement regarding MOI on 17 February 2015”

Statement made by Indonesia during March IGN:

-Recognised the need for a transparent process to develop global indicators which must be universally applicable

-Recognised that indicators should be framed to reduce inequalities within and between countries


Focus States Project final narrative report:

-“the need for integrating the Technology Facilitation Mechanism into the post-2015 development framework […] was specifically expressed by the government of Indonesia at the Intergovernmental Negotiation on 22 April 2015, which focused on “TFM and other Science, Technology and Innovation Issues”. The statement was supported with another statement issued on 23 April which highlighted on the need to jointly build capacity with TFM as a unified approach toward ensuring that SDGs are met.”



- “Global partnership has been included in the statement regarding MOI on 23 April”




Statement delivered by Indonesia during June IGN, on 22 June: pleased with focus on poverty eradication as the greatest challenge for sustainable development; concerned about language on sustainable consumption and production (developed countries should take the lead)
Statement delivered by Indonesia during June IGN, on June 25: lack of clarity on global partnership for development

Statement delivered by Indonesia during July IGN, on 20 July: lacking comprehensive references to the integrated, interlinked and universal nature of the Agenda
Statement delivered by Indonesia during July IGN, on 24 July: national ownership crucial for national MDG review process, with active participation of all stakeholders
Focus States Project final narrative report: “ [the] need for an intergovernmental process in the review mechanism [..] was conveyed by the Indonesian delegation to the Intergovernmental Negotiation on 29 July 2015 in the follow-up and review session. Furthermore, in the statement issued on the same date, Indonesia shared the same concerns on the accountability, monitoring and review framework, as provided below:

The government of Indonesia must push for a people-centered follow-up and review mechanism. At the national level, the government must prepare an official report supported by official national data. The report will be forwarded to the follow-up and review process at the regional level. The government of Indonesia has brought attention to the reporting process and the fact that not all countries have the position and ability to adopt a peer-review approach. At the national level, the follow-up and review process on SDG implementation should be led by the national government with the active engagement of relevant stakeholders in compliance with national laws and regulations.”

Statement delivered by Indonesia during UN Summit: recognition of civil society’s role and importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships; 4 aspects of SDG implementation singled out: 1) creating enabling environment for development; 2) scaling up international assistance; 3) enhancing market access for developing countries; 4) developing multi-stakeholder partnerships

Kiribati








SIDS statement delivered during March IGN, on 23 March: supported the principle of non-regression of SDG indicators and insisted on need for statistical capacity-building
SIDS Statement delivered during March IGN, on 27 March: opposed to reopening OWG report and any technical review of the proposed goals; supports open and transparent process for the development of the global indicators

SIDS statement delivered during April IGN, on 21 April: post-2015 MoI are not exhausted by commitments made under FfD process, and specific mention made of the fact that some targets will require commitments of a non-financial nature







SIDS statement delivered during July IGN, on 20 July: stronger language on climate change needed, with a commitment to limit the increase of temperature the increase of temperature to 1.5 degrees; concerned about diluted language on political commitment for ambitious Agenda

Kiribati statement delivered during UN Summit: real test of Agenda 2030 is leaving no-one behind by tacking climate change; specific mention of civil society and inclusion

Samoa








SIDS statement delivered during March IGN, on 23 March: supported the principle of non-regression of SDG indicators and insisted on need for statistical capacity-building
SIDS Statement delivered during March IGN, on 27 March: opposed to reopening OWG report and any technical review of the proposed goals; supports open and transparent process for the development of the global indicators

SIDS statement delivered during April IGN, on 21 April: post-2015 MoI are not exhausted by commitments made under FfD process, and specific mention made of the fact that some targets will require commitments of a non-financial nature







SIDS statement delivered during July IGN, on 20 July: stronger language on climate change needed, with a commitment to limit the increase of temperature the increase of temperature to 1.5 degrees; concerned about diluted language on political commitment for ambitious Agenda

Samoa statement delivered during UN Summit: no cherry-picking of goals (all goals are interrelated and of equal importance)

Colombia





CELAC statement delivered during Feb IGN, on 17 Feb: multimensional nature of poverty; reducing inequality should be a priority; enhanced participation of developing countries in decision making in global governance and financial institutions; tackling overconsumption of developing countries; universality of the agenda while respecting national needs; importance of human rights needs to be reflected in Declaration, and post-2015 agenda must give priority to gender equality and women’s empowerment

MoFA presentation made during March IGN: national SDG implementation strategy must respect the integrated nature of the goals
CELAC statement delivered during March IGN, on 23 March: opposed to reopening OWG report; participatory process for the development of global indicators involving all countries; need for disaggregated data taking into account social and vulnerable groups to tackle inequalities within and between countries

CELAC statement delivered during April IGN: innovative financing for development is not a substitute to ODA

CELAC statement delivered during May IGN: voluntary nature of follow-up and review mechanism




Statement delivered by Colombia during July IGN, on 20 July: “sustainable development” missing from Agenda title
Joint statement delivered by Colombia, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica during July IGN: used Beyond 2015’s “leave no one behind” language (para 4: “we will strive to see the goals and targets met for all nations and for all social and economic groups”; indicators must help measure progress for all social and economic groups; para 78 – HLPF should also focus on progress for the social and economic groups that are the furthest behind)

Colombia statement delivered during UN Summit: emphasized environmental pillar of the SDGs and importance of peace for achieving the SDGs; committed Colombia to eradicating extreme poverty by 2025 and ensuring quality education by 2030


  1. Analysis of output 3 of the Focus States Project (Beyond 2015 leads in Focus States implement specific activities to build political will/leadership around the implementation of the post-2015 agenda, and explore how to enable civil society to participate meaningfully in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda)


*This mapping was developed on the basis of correspondence and final reports prepared by Focus States Project focal points. It may therefore not be exhaustive.

Project country

Efforts made under the Focus States Project to build political will for and civil society participation in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda

Efforts undertaken to build political will to implement the post-2015 agenda

Efforts undertaken to support civil society participation in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda

Zimbabwe

  • Platform for information-sharing established with the Government to share Beyond 2015’s positions

  • Direct engagement with Zimbabwean policy-makers at the national and sub-national levels through participation in events hosted by the Government, and invitations for Government to participate in Beyond 2015 national hub events – namely:

    • National and local government officials invited to participate in the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015) convened by Beyond 2015 – resulting in local authorities committing to reaching the SDGs

    • Inputs shared for the drafting of government policies: national position paper on the post-2015 agenda, draft national strategy for the implementation of the SDGs

=> gap bridged between national and sub-national government by bringing them to the same table for policy discussions and information exchange

=> transformation of government’s traditional stance of disengagement with civil society in policy formulation



  • Parliamentary engagement program on the SDGs created in August. Clerk of Parliament working on offering Beyond 2015 a slot during Parliamentary sessions




  • Civil society briefings and trainings organized across the country to empower civil society to understand the post-2015 process

  • Civil society invited to attend key Beyond 2015 events, such as the National Dialogue and Knowledge Sharing Conference on the implementation of the SDGs (9-10 July 2015), which was convened to explore how local and regional actors, could participate in the localization of the agenda. Key outcomes of this multi-stakeholder event (participants included national authorities, city councils, senators, NGOs, media, academia, private sector):

    • Local authorities, private sector and civil society committed to reaching the SDGs, recognising the “key role of all levels of civil society, government and legislative bodies in promoting the SDGs”, and stressing the need for meaningful participation of all sectors of society in the implementation of the SDGs – including by improving access to information in local languages and bridging the Internet divide.

    • Creation of a national coordination mechanism for the implementation of the SDGs (NACOS initiative), under which Beyond 2015 Zimbabwe is mandated to coordinate monthly meetings with local authorities to track progress made in implementing the SDGs in all provinces and delivering on commitments made during the national dialogue

Kenya


  • Tripartite engagement with the government and UNDP to discuss the implementation of the SDGs, leading to:

    • Establishment of a structured mechanism for CSO participation in the implementation of the SDGs: team of 8 CSOs elected to work with the government and UNDP to oversee the implementation, and to connect the local level (counties)

    • Government decision to mainstream the SDGs into the third medium term national development plan (being drafted)

    • Strengthening of the government MDG unit into a full-fledged department responsible for SDG planning and cross-ministerial implementation

  • Co-organisation of Beyond 2015’s side event during February post-2015 negotiations: "Leaving no one behind: "The perspectives of African Parliamentarians, Civil Society and Volunteer Groups for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda"

  • Inclusion of 8 civil society representatives in the newly formed government-UNDP-civil society group responsible for overseeing the implementation of the SDGs (the civil society representatives are also tasked with developing citizen accountability mechanisms at the county level)

  • Establishment of a civil society facilitation group to facilitate civil society participation in the implementation of the SDGs

  • Drafting of a CSO paper on participation in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda – finalised through CSO focus group discussions and validated by public discussions (ongoing dissemination to national and county level government, and to media)

  • Creation of a survey for CSOs on the implementation of the SDGs

  • Engagement on the So Now What discussions to encourage CSOs to continue working together after Beyond 2015 ends.

South Korea


  • Government lobbying – e.g.;

    • Meeting with MoFA on 18 August on cross-governmental review of the post-2015 agenda for implementation at national level

    • Recommendations for the implementation of each SDG compiled into a report submitted to 6 government ministries in August

    • Using the results of the survey on SDG implementation

  • Parliamentary sensitization: press release for parliamentary inspection published by GCAP on 10 September, with a focus on localizing the SDGs and planning their implementation

  • Survey on the implementation of the SDGs conducted with CSOs (key findings: 53% of respondents consider the top priority to be the creation of a general body to oversee the implementation of the SDGs across all ministries. 53% think this body should be located within the Prime Minister's Office, compared to 41% for the Korean president’s office; overwhelming agreement (75%) on the need “build a new institution cooperating with Public and CSOs to monitor the SDGs") – the survey has not yet been shared with the Government.

  • Participatory monitoring of the SDGs emphasized ahead of July IGN and in CSO position paper later in the year

Indonesia


  • Meetings with Vice President, Presidential Staff Office, Bappenas and parliament on key issues, such as: importance of President Jokowi’s presence at UNGA 70, the need for a Joint Secretariat as a working model for SDG implementation, and the urgency for Indonesia to prepare itself in implementing the post-2015 development agenda

  • Government and parliament endorsement of lead agency’s proposal to establish a Joint Secretariat on the SDGs for all development stakeholders (government, CSOs, parliament and private sector) to jointly decide on strategic matters related to the implementation of the post-2015 agenda.

  • Recognition from the government of Indonesia (Vice President, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Bappenas) on INFID and CSOs’ role in the formulation and ratification of the SDGs (source: Focus States Project final narrative report)

  • Media coverage of CSO recommendations on the SDGs, primarily during the UN Summit in September 2015. For the first time, news on SDGs were featured in the front page of leading media outlets such as Jakarta Post, Koran Tempo and Harian Kompas on “CSO Delegation Meets Vice President Jusuf Kalla” (circulation: 1 million copies plus online).

  • Subnational level: establishment of 8 CSO representatives in several regions across Indonesia to act as SDG focal points

Note: challenging political context (“The change in administration in Indonesia since 2014 also had a profound impact on efforts to build political leadership…political fragmentation between state ministries and the president (President Jokowi did not attend UNGA); policy fragmentation among state ministries, and between the Indonesian government’s position and negotiators in New York” - Final narrative report)

Numerous steps taken, including:

  • Sharing of documents and intel via SDG mailing list for CSOs across Indonesia.

  • Formation of substantive and thematic working groups among CSOs in Jakarta, with delegated advocacy duties (e.g meetings with ministers, participation in UNGA, press conferences) to ensure extensive participation among CSOs

  • Translation of the SDGs into Bahasa and distribution of copies of the document.

  • Preparation of guidelines on SDGs for local stakeholders (local governments and CSOs).

  • Meeting between CSO representatives and the Indonesian Vice President in New York during UN Summit (25 September 2015) to discuss the Importance of civil society engagement in the implementation of the SDGs

=> Greater room for communication and dialogue between CSOs and policymakers (source: Focus States Project final narrative report)

Kiribati


  • Organisation of two-day live Q&A radio shows (Sept 2015) for members of parliament (government/opposition and aspiring members) to share their strategies for the implementation of the SDGs, with public questions fed into the debate

  • Drafting of a CSO letter for government outlining 10 priority SDGs

-> letter shared with the Acting President during strategic dinner bringing together members of Parliament (government and opposition), 9 ministries and the Speaker of Parliament - to discuss the post-2015 agenda and government priorities.

-> priority SDGs endorsed by government during Civil Society Forum (28-29 September 2015) (but no further evidence from plans and statements)



  • Steps taken to create a platform for current or aspiring members of parliament to exchange view and strategies for the SDGs

  • Organisation of a Civil Society Forum (28-29 Sept 2015) back to back with the Youth Forum to discuss priority SDGs

  • Organisation of a two-day road show (Sept 2015) to raise awareness of the SDGs ahead of parliamentary elections, through the singing of the Beyond 2015 song, Beyond 2015 t-shirts etc.



Samoa


According to final report submitted by PIANGO: SUNGO (Lead Agency) was unable to conduct activities set out in their work plan, aside from the 2 three-day CSO Forums, due to Government’s unavailability.


  • Organisation of 2 three-day CSO Forums focusing on the post-2015 agenda - attended by Government officials




Colombia


  • Actions taken by the lead agency to build political will around the implementation of the agenda:

    • Drafting of 6 recommendations for government for the implementation of the SDGs (calling for Agenda 2030 to be a reference for future territorial development plans, for increased participation of civil society in the implementation, for real spaces for citizen monitoring, for increased decentralization to build local ownership, for a stronger stance against corruption to guarantee access to information) – based on the inputs of regional consultations carried out in Aug and Sept 2015

    • Strengthening of civil society dialogue to put more pressure on the government, including local authorities (e.g. local planning councils) – to ensure the goals and incorporated into territorial development plans, the adaption of the indicators etc.

    • Letters sent to candidates ahead of local government elections providing an overview of the SDGs and asking candidates whether their electoral programs are aligned to the SDGs

  • Important information shared by lead agency in final report: Although Colombia has shown leadership on the world stage, the interministerial commission on the SDGs is yet to actually get to work, and the government is yet to properly coordinate with other actors, including civil society (the lead agency for instance has not been granted observer status to the interministerial commission; the government has not included civil society in discussions on the adaptation of the 169 targets, and the government did not invite civil society to participate in regional dialogues organised by UNDP!)

  • Inclusion of civil society in regional workshops (Aug & Sept 2015) on the implementation of the post-2015 agenda, focusing on participation and accountability, and SDG mainstreaming

  • Sharing of information with civil society (especially the final version of Agenda 2030 and the recommendations for government for the implementation of the SDGs, which came out of the regional workshops)

  • Meetings with civil society confederations to share the above recommendations with UN-DESA in New York, and to discuss internally how to implement and monitor the SDGs







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