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MMS News from the UN -August 2015

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The beginning of August was the historic completion of a 2.5 year long process of post 2015 agenda now called “‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which will be officially adopted at the September summit in New York.

Influence of Pope Francis on the Post 2015 process “Transforming our world”.

Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya made the following concluding remark at the closing of the Post -2015 Intergovernmental negotiations: “I want to send a message to the Holy Father Pope Francis through the Holy See. Not because we are Catholics, we are not, but because he has continuously prodded us on over the last few days and weeks to maintain a very high level of ambition and a true dedication to the very issues central to this agenda – on poverty, on the suffering and the forgotten and of Sustainable Development. I must say, knowing …

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MMS & the UN May 2015

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The highlights of the meetings in May were: Inter governmental negotiations for the post 2015 Agenda with SDGs at its core and second the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).

For decades, development policy was shaped by the notion that the poor countries of the Global South needed money from the wealthy North in order to advance in their development. At the latest since the 2008/09 financial crisis this view of things has begun to change. Unlike previous years the global civil society is trying to unify their efforts to speak in one voice the concerns for example the CSO statement on global tax standards and norms:

https://www.globalpolicywatch.org/blog/2015/05/14/cso-statement/

The NGO Committee on FFD organized a side event with the title “Do we have the courage to put people and planet at the center? – challenges for FfD”. The background note was …

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UN Meetings related to Post 2015 Agenda

UN high level meetings tackle post-2015 agenda amid global South, CSO concerns

Several UN high level meetings were held in New York from 23 September to 8 October to assess the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and negotiate the successor framework to the MDGs for 2015.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon convened the high-level event, “MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact.” He introduced the “new partnerships” that the UN is promoting to change the development landscape and mobilize resources to advance the MDGs.

This was followed by the “Special Event on achieving the MDGs.” Member states agreed that the new set of goals need to balance the three pillars of sustainability, namely the economic, ecological, and social aspects of development. They also agreed on holding intergovernmental negotiations to achieve consensus on the goals and the overall post-2015 framework.

The first High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

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