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Women's participation on the post-2015 framework

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Started by: Mirna Ines Fernandez


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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Lauren Kaufmann posted

There is still some question about how coherent the processes of Post-Rio+20 and Post-2015 will be. By any number of accounts, the processes will be coherent, but how to achieve the coherence is a work in progress, with some danger of remaining on 2 tracks – post-2015 and post-Rio+20, which could be seen as – siloed – poverty and sustainability tracks.

The UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform states, “There is broad agreement that the two processes should be closely linked and should ultimately converge in one global development agenda beyond 2015 with sustainable development at its core.” It further acknowledges the process is led by Member States, with participation from stakeholders, facilitation of a global conversation and support in various inputs by the UN, and overall leadership by the Secretary General and the One Secretariat. While few Member States or civil society organizations will advocate actively for a two track world, some may be working behind the scenes and through complementary processes to maintain 2 tracks.

The idea of a global framework that builds on different inputs – the OWG process for SDGs, in its dedication to integrating the 3 dimensions of sustainable development (environmental, social and economic); the lessons learned and unfinished business of the MDGs; the consultations at global, regional, national and local level, led by the UN and by civil society organizations; the technical and practical inputs from experts and practitioners at all levels; and the experience of those most marginalized – is compelling. And in a world of scarce resources, deepening poverty and inequalities, and interlinked crises, the coherence can feel like an absolute necessity.

Civil Society is taking a proactive role in the coherence of the 2 agendas, recognizing that working together and understanding common goals will bring more power to the voices of the marginalized, the rights holders, the people on the ground. Civil society also recognizes the pragmatic issues of development and funding priorities. And, not least, the urgent matters for ensuring civil society participation, which is being threatened in a number of ways.

Finally, as these processes continue and find their coherence, WEDO and our allies will pursue and create spaces to ensure that women’s rights, gender equality and sustainable development remain front and center in the intergovernmental process and policy-making for the complex landscape. The language in discussions inside and outside the UN, and on paper, is important to ensure a rights-based agenda. But, more important is to ensure that the rhetoric has an impact on the lives of women – ensuring meaningful and inclusive processes and implementation.