Governance

Background

The Post-2015 Framework will lay out a development agenda agreed by the Member States of the UN, building on the normative and political commitments contained in the Millennium Declaration, experiences of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the outcomes of the 2010 MDGs Review Summit and Rio+20. The importance of democratic governance for sustainable human development was underlined by the SG’s High Level Global Sustainability Panel which stated that “democratic governance and the full respect for human rights are key prerequisites for empowering people to make sustainable choices.”

The consultation will focus on civil participation at the individual, community and group level, capacities of public institutions at the national or sub-national level, global governance, exploring lessons learned on the importance of specific components of democratic governance for achievement and sustainability of the MDGs, the measurement, including goals and targets, of governance issues in the Post-2015 Development Framework, and an accountability framework that takes into account human rights principles and obligations to ensure delivery on the post-2015 development agenda.

Consultation - Objectives

1.) Contribute to a broad-based dialogue on the role of governance and accountability in the post-2015 development framework that includes civil society and other non-state actors.

2.) Build a shared vision and ownership of how global, regional, national and sub-national governance and accountability should be integrated within the intergovernmental process to inform the post-2015 development agenda;

3.) Ensure that findings of the thematic consultation related to governance and accountability are directly linked to and feed back into national consultations, as well as into on-going global processes.

Consultation – Process

1.) Participatory Outreach

  • Knowledge collection: Existing research within the scope of the consultation will be collected (e.g. post-215 Governance Interface & Policy brief series by UNDP, OHCHR’s publication on accountability etc) and some additional research may be commissioned. This research will be used in a number of ways, e.g. it will be shared through some of the other activities described below (e.g. e-newsletter and website), it will feed into the consultation meetings and it may be further deepened based on the results of and following the consultation meetings.
  • Facilitate virtual exchanges: The global post-2015 web portal will be used to ensure people can contribute to the discussions via blogs, Facebook, Twitter or other social media.
  • Regional Outreach and Technical Meetings: To ensure broad outreach, including South-South networking with civil society organizations and social movements, preparatory consultations will be held at the regional level as possible. Existing civil society networks and other constituencies will be engaged, e.g. those related to the Oslo Governance Forum, recent Youth meetings, etc. The consultations will most likely be held as facilitated discussions that form part of existing events or initiatives of key constituencies, for example the annual meeting of the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa in October 2013.

2.) Strategic Communication

  • Media outreach at country and global level in order to ensure visibility and attention of key actors, including member states.
  • Website and E- News Letter – The global post-2015 web portal will be used to post information on the Governance Consultation and to profile relevant newspaper articles, interviews and all information related to the Post-2015 governance agenda. Strategic e-list to send all Post 2015 – governance updates to civil society organizations, think tanks, key media actors etc. (e.g. total number of six between July and October).
  • General Assembly Side Event/s – In order to share preliminary results and recommendations from the outreach activities with member states and other key stakeholders, the possibility of side events at the General Assembly will be explored.
  • Consultation Meeting – Based on the outreach activities, the final report will be drafted by the Steering Committee with support of the Reference Group. The global consultation meeting will provide an opportunity to present and discuss key messages and recommendations of the draft report with a targeted audience and to take their feedback into account for the final version of the report.

Source: “Global Consultation on Governance and Post 2015 Framework: Concept Note” – OHCHR, UNDP, www.worldwewant2015.org