Given the complexity and number of processes that will contribute to the development of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is organizing a series of interactive technical briefings for members of delegations, other government officials and a limited number of international civil servants at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The overall objective of the briefings is to strengthen knowledge for evidence-based decision making in the formulation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be agreed by Member States in September 2015.
The series will feature around 10 different sessions, and will
- Assist participants to access the most up-to-date and essential information coming from the numerous processes that will contribute to the Post-2015 agenda, and key outcomes of ongoing Member States’ discussions in various fora, as well as allowing newly arrived delegates to ‘catch up’;
- Provide a dynamic and interactive space where delegates can exchange views on the Post-2015 development agenda and have a more in-depth discussion, as needed.
The briefings will be facilitated by prominent experts and involve peer-to-peer learning and active involvement of members of delegations. An online resource platform will also be available to support the learning experience.
- Identify the mandates that have provided a foundation for advancing the consultations on the Post-2015 development agenda, as well as other related major intergovernmental processes;
- Describe the process of consultations on the Post-2015 development agenda, key stakeholders and their respective roles;
- Identify key milestones and expected deliverables to feed into the final intergovernmental decision-making process on the Post-2015 development agenda (the OWG on SDGs, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, the High-Level Political Forum, structured dialogues on possible arrangements for the technology facilitation mechanism, among others).
As a follow-up to the briefing, participants should be able to have increased “confidence” in:
- Applying the acquired information on the current state of the Post-2015 debate when conveying their country’s national perspectives;
- Evaluating opportunities for their country’s participation in various ongoing discussions, with a view to contributing to the process.
Briefing 1 "The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Process and Status of the Debate"
1. The Post-2015 Process: Intergovernmental Mandates
- The mandate from the 2010 MDG Summit
- The mandate from the 2012 Rio + 20 Conference
- The mandate from the 2013 Special Event on MDGs
- Other intergovernmental processes with bearing on the Post-2015 development agenda
2. Status of the Post-2015 Debate
- Member States’ consensus to date
- The Secretary-General’s vision: key messages
- Discussions at the OWG on SDGs, committee on SD financing and dialogues on possible arrangements for a technology mechanism
- The priorities of Civil Society and other stakeholders
- Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning
- Ms. Patricia Chaves, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA
- Mr. Hamish Jenkins, Programme Officer, UN-NGLS
- Ms. Sally Fegan-Wyles, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Acting Head, Executive Director of UNITAR
This “catch-up” module will consist of one face-to-face briefing session that will feature presentations by resource persons followed by a Q&A session and an interactive discussion between the session participants. The session will aim to create a space for peer-to-peer learning and to promote an exchange of views among members of delegations.
Members of Delegations and other government representatives at the United Nations who would like to improve their knowledge of and access to the most-up-to-date information of the intergovernmental process. A number of seats will be available for international civil servants to participate as observers provided they have received a confirmation of registration.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in French and English.