What to expect from the intergovernmental negotiations on Post-2015?
Between now and September, government leaders will negotiate a to-do list for a better planet, the so called Sustainable Development Goals. They are a set of 17 goals applicable to all countries on Earth, and all sectors in each country until 2030.
Spanning economy, society and the environment, this universal set of goals is designed to guide the world's governments and 7 billion citizens in addressing our most serious problems with many solutions that already exist.
After lobbying by CAN members, climate change will be a key part of these goals. It is a threat to many of life’s basics: water, food, shelter, and safety. It multiplies these threats, and exacerbates economic, social and environmental crises.
Climate action - and meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and building their adaptive capacity and resilience - should be the driving force behind future development which leapfrogs the energy mistakes made by richer countries. Energy poverty keeps many people disadvantaged but today’s solutions can make inroads against it in an affordable and sustainable manner unmatched by the fuels of generations past.
What to expect from 2015
The task of preparing a proposal developing a set of measurable targets and indicators was assigned to the intergovernmental Open Working Group (OWG) of the UN General Assembly. The OWG was established in January 2013 and completed its work with the presentation of the OWG outcome document in June 2014, which contains 17 proposed goals and 167 targets.
The negotiations will take place throughout this year and culminate at the UN Summit in September 2015 where governments are expected to adopt a document with the following components: a declaration; the goals and their targets; Means of Implementation/ Global Partnership for Sustainable Development; and follow-up and review.
Key Dates Include:
19-21 January 2015 [3 days] – Stocktaking
17-20 February 2015 [4 days] – Declaration+
23-27 March 2015 [5 days] Sustainable Development Goals and targets
20-24 April 2015 [5 days] - Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
18-22 May 2015 [5 days] – Follow up and review
22-25 June 2015 [4 days] – Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document
20-24 July 2015 and 27-31 July 2015 [10 days] – Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document.
In parallel, the Finance for Development Process will take place which is expected to make key decisions about how to fund the roll out of the goals:
27-29 January 2015 – New York – First drafting session of the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development
13-17 April 2015 – New York – Second drafting session of the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development
15-19 June 2015 – New York – Third drafting session of the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development
13-16 July 2015 – Addis Ababa – Third International Conference on Financing for Development
President of the General Assembly
High-Level Event on Climate Change (29 June 2015)
High Level Political Forum
The HLPF will meet from Friday, 26 June through Wednesday, 8 July 2015. The ministerial segment will be from Monday, 6 July, through Wednesday, 8 July 2015.