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How can the UN’s High Level Political Forum provide real accountability? Webinar 15 March 2018

23. Februar 2018 - 15:05

In 2015, governments of the world committed to a ground-breaking approach to sustainable development that recognised the transformative potential of connecting social, environmental and economic goals. Now more than two years into the implementation of this agenda, how far have governments actually moved in ensuring these aspirations are achieved?

As we approach the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018, we have been working together with key partners from across civil society to set out key recommendations learnt from the HLPF 2017 on delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identifying what has been working and where the gaps remain to ensure that this agenda genuinely does support meaningful opportunities for all people to shape a fairer and cleaner future for our planet.

The new report is the second of a regular series, and it analyses all of the 42 English, French and Spanish VNR reports submitted in 2017 to the HLPF, as well as a sample of civil society reports produced alongside the official reports. We have identified some key themes that we believe are essential to guarantee effective implementation. We hope these are helpful in building knowledge ahead of the HLPF in July this year and subsequent reviews in 2019 and 2020.

In terms of national implementation of the Agenda, it seems that the initial phase of understanding how the SDGs fit with existing policies has, for the most part, been carried out; but we are now at a critical juncture where governments need to go further to guarantee real transformation. In our report we set out a few areas where we believe the implementation process can go further, these include: a) Ensure a holistic approach, whereby the interlinkages between and across the SDGs can be better understood and where delivery is not contradictory; b) invest in data disaggregation to more clearly identify implementation and better target resources; c) improve localisation of the Agenda to the sub-national level to include specific ways for local government to contribute to national reporting; d) develop improved partnership working with civil society and other stakeholders, particularly at the local level; and e) provide a specific section on Leave No One Behind which sets out targeted support to marginalised communities.

We will be exploring the report in more detail during an open webinar on 15 March at 0900EST/ 1400GMT/ 2100ICT, we hope you will join us!

The two borderless challenges of our time: Migration and climate change

13. Februar 2018 - 0:42

Civil society response to the Zero Draft of the UN´s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

There are over a quarter billion migrants and refugees in the world. Over 5,000 died last year on their dangerous journeys. The United Nations has been moved to act.

Governments are currently negotiating a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The agreement is meant to protect the rights of those displaced and help address the root economic, environmental and social drivers that are compelling people to leave their communities and countries.

Last week, the UN released its draft agreement and will have until December to negotiate the final details. A key area where the document falls short is on commitments to tackle the primary causes of migration. A stated aim of the Global Compact is to “mitigate the adverse drivers and structural factors that hinder people from building and maintaining sustainable livelihoods in their countries of origin”. However, the current text lacks actionable commitments to control the numerous man-made forces underlying global mass migration.

The reasons are different for every migrant and diaspora, but we know that natural disasters are the number one cause of internal and international displacement. With rising sea levels, desertification and extreme weather events, climate action must be a part of any meaningful agreement.

“Climate induced displacement is upon us. Coastal communities are being evacuated and relocated the world over.” Said Emele Duituturaga, Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental Organisations. “Here in sea locked countries of the Pacific Ocean, disappearance of our island homes is imminent”.

To protect the growing number of climate migrants, a necessary starting place for the compact is to  reaffirm the importance of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and accelerate efforts to limit global average temperature rise to 1.5°C, instead of the more conservative and ambiguous target to keep the world “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Missing just one of these targets will lead to millions of people being displaced.  The United Nations´ climate science panel (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) gauges that the half a degree gap in warming “amounts to a greater likelihood of drought, flooding, resource depletion, conflict and forced migration”. Climate models show us that the additional 0.5°C would  further raise sea levels by 10 centimeters and cut crop yields by half across the tropics.

From Fiji to Trinidad and Tobago, from Bangladesh to Morocco, civil society groups are calling on their governments to make climate mitigation a fundamental pillar of the Global Compact on Migration. Over 400 civil society groups at International Civil Society Week (Fiji, December) signed a joint declaration on climate induced displacement,  outlining key demands for the Global Compact. Among other recommendations, we are urging the UN to address the causes and consequences of migration, including:

  • Recognize that communities must have key human rights like food, water, housing and health protected to reduce the necessity of migration.
  • Commit to protect those who are most vulnerable to climate displacement.
  • Ensure that those most vulnerable to climate displacement are able to participate in the design and governance of the Global Compact.

The upcoming multi-stakeholder consultations on 21 February and 21 May at UN Headquarters will provide civil society with the opportunity to raise the ambition of the Global Compact and to help ensure meaningful action is taken to reduce the man-made causes of migration and incorporate key recommendations put forth in the joint civil society declaration.

Toward an Accountability Revolution? Citizen Participation and the SDGs

10. Januar 2018 - 12:24

Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVICUS

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be achieved without significant public awareness and engagement. It is citizens who will hold governments accountable to the promises they made in 2015, and we need to find innovative ways of raising public pressure to deliver a more just and sustainable world by 2030. Only through such an “accountability revolution” will we have any chance of achieving the commitments made in the SDGs, and the lynchpin for that revolution is citizen participation.

Citizens and civil society have been actively involved in the SDGs since before they existed. They have raised awareness about the importance of the “post-2015” process through nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and actively contributed to the drafting of the goals through the Open Working Group.

As Secretary General of CIVICUS – a global civil society alliance actively involved in the post-2015 process – I have participated in countless United Nations meetings about the SDGs and their predecessor the Millennium Development Goals. Often at these meetings, I would make a half tongue-in-cheek remark that the problem with the MDGs was that no one ever lost their job for failing to meet an MDG target. This comment always made the officials in the room shift uneasily in their seats, especially when I would ask why, if we truly want the SDGs to be a success, would we not hold accountable those of us in governments, intergovernmental agencies, global business, or civil society organisations (CSOs) responsible for achieving them, even to the point that our jobs would depend on it.

If such an argument seems absurd, it is because we do not (yet) see the SDGs as having real political bite. They are not legally binding, their complexity and interconnectedness makes apportioning blame (or credit) difficult, and they arise out of an intergovernmental system that is losing credibility among activists.

When local and national leaders and institutions make promises, almost all societies, both democratic and undemocratic, have fairly sophisticated ways of holding them to account. If the SDGs are a set of global promises – made by our leaders and institutions – then it should follow that we have at least some ways of ensuring these leaders are held accountable.

However, I recognise that the accountability revolution will only be possible if civil society also adapts to the evolving development agenda. We will need to re-evaluate our strategies for cooperation and funding as well as for accountability and communication. We will also need to continue to defend and promote the civic space that citizens rely on to hold decision-makers to account. Despite their potential, the SDGs have arrived at a worrying time for civic freedoms. The civil society institutional landscape does not seem ready to channel citizen voice adequately toward the goals. The rising tide of populist politics across the globe poses a massive threat to the values that underpin the SDGs and internationalism more broadly. Meanwhile there are not enough people thinking about innovative ways of promoting citizen participation in the SDGs or the global governance mechanisms that are their guardians.

Read full post – will also appear as a chapter in the upcoming book From Summits to Solutions: Innovations in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, to be published by Brookings Institution Press in 2018.