Women's participation on the post-2015 framework
On the 2000 the UN and the world leaders have commited to work on a set of 8 goals, called the Millenium Development Goals, to shape the development agenda until 2015. Now, with less than 1000 days to reach this deadline, we are far away from an accomplishment of them.
Although the MDG's were a milestone in the world's development agenda and a lot has been done towards halting the extreme poverty, there is still a lot to do. The environmental and economical crises are growing and the poorest, especially the vulnerable groups as girls and young women, are the most affected by the impacts of challenges as the climate change, the food security crisis and the biodiversity loss.
The UN has decided that the Post-2015 development agenda should be different because of the innovative meanings of civil society engagement. This is a unique oportunity to re-think our development paradigm from a gender perspective, and start setting the basis of a fair, ambitious and measurable set of goals to ensure a better future for the coming generations.
Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:
Civil society participation is key to ensure a fair, ambitious and people-centered post 2015 framework. Youth, women and indigenous peoples voices have to be heard and their participation must not be tokenistic. The new development framework has to begin from a basis of respect to mother earth, human rights, sustainability and equality.
Also, it is important to work on the grassroots levels in order to have a general critical opinion and generate the necesary mecanisms of social monitoring of each country's progress on the new set of goals.
Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:
The root causes of the weak civil society participation on the construction of a post 2015 development agenda are many. One of the main ones is the lack of coordinated efforts from all the major groups of civil society, at both the local and global level.
Another main cause is the lack of capacity building on these issues before taking civil society representatives to the official discussions. It is very common to take children and youth or indigenous representatives to the consultations when they are not aware of the issues that are on the agenda. We can not reach agreements before getting sure that everybody has the chance to develop their own opinions and contributions to the discussion.
Finally, it is still remarkable the lack of support from the desicion makers to create meaningful engagement from civil society on the development of the national positions towards the development agenda beyond 2015.
What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:
We need to engage our comunity on the post-2015 discussions, the official consultations held by the UN and the governments, the dialogue set among civil society representatives and NGO's initiatives. There is a strong need to create capacity building tools to have a meaningful participation of women on the post-2015 development agenda and improve articulation among ourselves.
Specific needs and/or support requests:
We can take advantage of this Online Solutions Forum to share the results of the consultations that are being held in our countries, the individual initiatives and best practices towards an improvement of the women's participation on the post-2015 framework discussions.
Suggested best global solution for this topic:
The UN has launched an online platform to start the dialogues with and for civil society http://www.worldwewant2015.org, which we as women and civil society representatives can use to start the global conversation.
Also, there is a global survey held by the UN Millenium campaign, http://www.myworld2015.org. This survey is going to point the people's priorities at the moment of setting the basis of a post-2015 development framework.
WAGGGS has launched a pool of post-2015 Ambassadors based on the five UN regions commited to follow up the post-2015 discussions and making sure that the voice of the girls and young women is heard through the process. See more at http://wagggsworld.org/en/post2015agenda
Beyond 2015 is a global campaign aiming to influence the creation of a post 2015 development framework, bringing together more than 650 civil society organisations in over 100 countries around the world. See more at http://www.beyond2015.org/
The Post-2015 Women’s Coalition is an alliance from like-minded organizations to build on strategic opportunities for advocacy and influence in the Post 2015 process towards a fair agenda built on the basis of women's rights and needs. See more at http://www.post2015women.com/
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