INTERATIONAL SOCIETY FOR POVERTY ELIMINATION ECONOMIC ALLIANCE GROUP
Special Address to DCF Side Event at
ECOSOC Forum on Finance for Development, 25 April 2018
“Rethinking Development Cooperation; Rethinking Development Finance; Rethinking Global Economy; Rethinking Evaluation; Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defence, Democracy, Data and Digitization; Rethinking Communication, Rethinking Cooperatives and Rethinking Multi Stakeholder Partnerships / Platforms, MSPs and Lobbying as Force for Good as Foundation for Achieving increasing Convergence between 2030 Transformation Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 Vision Intention and Reality in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States for Delivery on SDG Pledge by Target Date”.
The DCF side event on 25 April 2018, at the margins of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development provides space for stakeholders to discuss the preliminary findings of the DCF Survey on the state of play in effectiveness of international development cooperation.
Now in its fifth round, the biennial DCF Survey supports dialogue and mutual learning. It serves to improve coordination, transparency and alignment of development cooperation with sustainable development strategies that are country-owned and country-led. Its findings inform the work of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development as well as the deliberations in the DCF.
The DCF side event will focus on the role of national development cooperation policies in getting better results for sustainable development. The briefing segment will feature key preliminary findings from the survey exercise as well as inputs from government and parliamentary perspectives. This will set the stage for interactive dialogue among panelists and meeting participants. The meeting will conclude with an informal summary highlighting the main points of the discussions and specific action-oriented proposals or ideas.
The 2018 Development Cooperation Forum will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 21-22 May 2018. The DCF is the principal platform for global policy dialogue on development cooperation, open to all Member States and engaging all stakeholders.
The 2018 DCF will address the theme, “The strategic role of development cooperation in achieving the 2030 Agenda: building sustainable and inclusive societies.”
The 2018 DCF OBJECTIVES
Advance action-oriented global policy dialogue on key development cooperation issues:-
1. Building sustainability and resilience through development cooperation
2. Policy and legal frameworks for mainstreaming inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships and approaches in development cooperation
3. Getting better results for sustainable development: the role of national development cooperation policies
4. Leveraging South-South and triangular cooperation for sustainable development
5. Engaging the private sector effectively in development cooperation, including through blended finance
6. Bridging capacity gaps and facilitating technology development and transfer, including in domestic resource mobilization and national statistical capacity building
7. Strengthening multi-layered review and assessment of development cooperation
The 2018 DCF OUTCOMES
1. The DCF will generate evidence, ideas and concrete policy recommendations to enhance quality, effectiveness and impact of international development cooperation.
2. The Forum will promote greater coherence in development cooperation policies and among all development actors, through knowledge sharing and mutual learning.
3. It will generate policy recommendations on the strategic role of development cooperation in achieving the 2030 Agenda and building sustainable and resilient societies.
4. Key findings and recommendations will feed into the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the Financing for Development follow-up process, as well as the 2019 High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40).
Agriculture and SDG
The FAO recognizes that:-
1. Food And Agriculture are Key To Achieving the entire set of SDGs – that is, the 2030 Agenda recognizes that we can no longer look at food, livelihoods and the management of natural resources separately. A focus on rural development and investment in agriculture - crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture – are powerful tools to end poverty and hunger, and bring about sustainable development. Agriculture has a major role to play in combating climate change. We agree with this FAO Position.
2. World can End Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty by 2030 – that is, the 2030 Agenda’s historic commitment to rid the world of the twin scourges of poverty and hunger/malnutrition can become a reality – if we work together. The interconnectedness of the goals means that all actors supporting countries in implementing and monitoring global goals must partner and share knowledge. FAO already works hand-in-hand with governments, small producers, the private sector and other key actors in food security and sustainable development in projects and programmes across the globe. We agree with this FAO Position.
3. FAO Ready To Support – that is, as A specialized UN agency, FAO’s wide-ranging capacities, long experience working with development actors and unique expertise in the three dimensions of sustainable development can assist countries implement the 2030 Agenda. FAO’s strategic framework is broadly aligned with the SDGs, promoting an integrated approach to poverty and hunger eradication, and sustainable management of natural resources. We are doing sustainable development, and are ready to align our work to better serve countries. We find it very HARD to agree fully with this FAO Position. Our engagement of FAO Entities including NAP-Ag; End Poverty; End Hunger, End Malnutrition; Partnership; Farmer Field Schools suggests that FAO is not “Walking its Talk” and in not genuinely omitted to delivering on its Responsibility as Convener, Catalyst, Collaborator and Cultivator at specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global levels and this explain why fundamental issues that ought to have been settled by end 2nd Quarter 2015 Year of Decision are still outstanding as at mid 2nd Quarter 2018 Year 3 of Implementation and may remain outstanding up to 2030 ultimately resulting in delivery on SDG Pledge by end 2030 target date being mirage with catastrophic consequences for citizens in all 193/306 UN member States.
It is pertinent to note that SDGs range from the eradication of poverty and hunger, to the need to act for climate mitigation, to the promotion of education and gender equality, to preserving natural resources such as water in sufficient quantity and quality for human needs; that Food access, utilisation, availability, quality and sustainability are at the core of all SDGs and represent a pre-requisite to implement the 2030 Agenda in all countries in the world; that Agriculture accounts for one third of global GhG emissions, cover 38% of the world’s land surface (an area still in expansion), accounts for 70% of water withdrawals and 80% of desertification; that the number of hungry people is rising again and exceeded 815 million in 2016; overweight and nutrition challenges affect two billion people both in the North and the South of the world; and about one third of the food produced for human consumption gets lost or is wasted and that we cannot transform our world without fixing the food system first.
Coexistence of hunger and obesity, the overexploitation of natural resources and food loss and waste or three imbalances that beset the global food system: food waste (nearly 1/3 of world food production), hunger in the face of epidemic levels of obesity (2.1 billion people impacted), and unsustainable agricultural systems (1/3 of world grain production is used for animal feed, foodstuffs are used for first generation biofuels instead of feeding people - are the three paradoxes that need to be meaningfully talked in each specific community, sub-national, national, sub-region and regional location context if SDG Pledge is to be delivered by all 193/306 UN Member States by end 2030 target date. This underlines urgent need to fin answer to “How sustainable farming systems is being utilized as a roadmap for positive action and implementation and Evaluation of Sustainable Development Goals for Delivery on SDGs Pledge (No Goal will be considered met if it is not achieved by all Peoples in all Countries)?
It is pertinent to note further that in the Work to Make World Poverty History, Africa is holding the World back and Nigeria is holding Africa back. Nigeria’s Agriculture problems are worsened by Fulani Herdsmen and Farmers unending clashes. The Secretary General said agricultural and livestock productivity in Africa was under threat largely due to conflict and climate change. He added, “climatic shocks, environmental degradation, crop and livestock price collapse and conflict are all interlinked”.
Food insecurity, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, is related to a variety of interconnected factors, such as extreme poverty, un-diversified livelihoods, weak institutions and governance, and, especially, adverse climatic conditions and social conflicts.
Climate change and severe extreme weather events could have a tremendous impact on crop yields, livestock, fish stocks and therefore affect farmer’s incomes (especially subsistence smallholder farmers) who become more vulnerable to food insecurity.”
Measures to tackle hunger in Africa include the harmonization of governance of food security, sustainability and nutrition; building institutional responses to reduce extreme poverty and inequalities; supporting more efficient agricultural systems; ICTs and technology innovation.
Additionally, it also includes supporting farmers to diversify livelihoods and reduce vulnerability; restoring land and increasing integrated land and water management to improve harvests; identification of strategies for building resilience to shocks through adaptation to climate change, institutional response mechanisms; and finally monitoring and reporting of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through generation and sharing of reliable data.
Addressing today’s food related issues in each of 193/306 UN Member States DEMANDS a multidisciplinary approach — from the environmental, political, economic, financial, security, cooperatives, communication, cultural, health, technological, legal and social perspective. That goal is to secure the wellbeing and health of people and the planet.
DCF and Delivery on SDG Pledge in all 193/306 UN Member States
There is direct link between DCF Vision Ambitions and SDG Vision Ambitions. The Big Question is How does DCF 2018 help all North and South Countries to grapple effectively with SDGs and SDGs Delivery as well as National and International Development Cooperation real and complex problems on the ground? These are the pertinent issues:-
- If all 193/306 UN Member States; UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) and their National and International Partners in the Joint Delivery on SDG and SDG Pledge by end 2030 target date (about 12 ¾ years to go), all 193/306 UN member States needs to better appreciate and recognize that achieving the SDGs is not an exercise in achieving a collection of individual targets, but rather an exercise in collaboration and joint efforts within government, to a level that has not been seen before and accept realization of the SDGs requires the coordination, cohesion, cooperation, collaboration and commitment of actions of different levels of government at levels unprecedented in World history and this DEMAND Paradigm Shifts in reality not rhetoric.
- If all 193/306 UN Member States; UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) and their National and International Partners in the Joint Delivery on SDG and SDG Pledge by end 2030 target date (about 12 ¾ years to go), Oreland need to genuinely omit towards supporting all relevant Stakeholder Groups Members at each specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global location context to Implement and Evaluate Policy Coordination, Cohesion, Cooperation, Collaboration and Commitment DRIVEN Simultaneously by 3 Types of Integration:-
a) Horizontal Integration: National – All Arms in All Tiers of Government in each of 193/306 UN Member States. That is 2 – 4 levels depending on number of Tiers of Government in the specific UN Member State.
b) Vertical Integration:
i) National - All Arms in All Tiers of Government in each of 193/306 UN Member States. That is 2 – 4 levels depending on number of Tiers of Government in the specific UN Member State.
ii) International - All Arms in All Tiers of Government in each of 193/306 UN Member States in each Sub-region, Region and Worldwide. That is 3 – 4 levels depending on number of International Political Groupings of Countries the specific UN Member State belong to.
iii) Integration: National and International - All Arms in All Tiers of Government in each of 193/306 UN Member States, in each Sub-region, in each Region and Worldwide. That is 5 – 8 levels depending on number of Tiers of Government in the specific UN Member State and the number of International Political Groupings of Countries the specific UN Member State belong to.
c) Engagement: Full Inclusion of All relevant Stakeholder Groups in Horizontal Integration and Vertical Integration (3bi) – (3biii). That is all relevant Stakeholder Blocks in each Horizontal Integration level and each Vertical Integration level, JOINTLY Driving Structures, Systems, Policies, Procedures, Communication, Cooperatives, Cultures and Rules Changes required to move each specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional and Regional location context from where it is Now (2nd Quarter 2018) in each relevant SDGs Goals and Targets (A) to where it needs to be if SDG Pledge is to be delivered by end 2030 in the specific location context (B) as well as FIGURING out HOW to move from (A) to (B).
3. SDG What Questions have been over answered over the years to date while SDG How Questions have been avoided or evaded. Yet without answering SDG How Questions seeking to Deliver on SDG and SDG Pledge by end 2030 target date in all 193/306 UN Member States would be Mirage.
4. Brexit disaster needs to be prevented in Ireland, UK and EU. We urge Ireland, UK and EU to appreciate that Sustainable Solutions to Brexit lie in full Implementation and Evaluation of SDG in Ireland, UK and EU. We urge Ireland, UK and EU to jointly recognize urgent need to:-
a) Find answer to SDG and SDG Pledge How Questions is MASTER KEY to ensuring that in the 12 ¾ years remaining all 193/306 UN Member States Deliver on SDG Pledge by end 2030 target date.
b) Meaningfully Support Individuals and Institutions DEMONSTRATING genuine commitment to effectively Supporting 193/306 UN member States Governments: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary at all levels; UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Headquarters, Regional Offices and Country Offices Entities and their National and International Partners to find answer to SDG and SDG Pledge How Questions, Implement and Evaluate these answers in ways that ensure all 193/306 UN member States deliver on SDG Pledge by end 2030 target date.
c) Appreciate that Time is of the Essence if the Much that Need to be Done, is to be Done in the 12 ¾ years remaining and DEMONSTRATE this through genuine commitment to start answering SDG and SDG Pledge How Questions Now that is as from April 2018.
d) Appreciate that DCF 2018 present a unique Platform to meaningfully address the root cause or primary cause Brexit problems on the ground at National, Regional and Global levels. While Brexit is the Overarching Sustainable Development Issues in Ireland and EU, Fulani Herdsmen Menace is the overarching Sustainable Development Issue in Nigeria. To meaningfully address real and complex SDGs problems on the ground in all North and South Countries, above points need to be addressed in each North or South Country specific and unique context.
UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Meaningfully Supporting 193/306 UN Member States to Deliver on SDG Pledge in 12 ¾ Years Remaining – Way Forward:-
It is against the background of points made in this Paper and earlier Messages that we again urge The DCF other UNO Entities and remaining UN System: WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Entities and 193/306 UN Member States Governments: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary Entities to recognize that:-
1 1. Answer to How Questions is DOING which is especially Difficult and Answer to What Question is SAYING which is very easy.
2 2. Theory and Thoughtful Conceptualization without Practice and Action is EMPTY and Practice and Action without Theory and Thoughtful Conceptualization is BLIND. However Theory and Thoughtful Conceptualization with Practice and Action is FULL and Practice and Action with Theory and Thoughtful Conceptualization is SIGHT.
3. Records show our Organization has DEMONSTRATED the Most Advanced Theory and Thoughtful Conceptualization with Practice and Action and Practice and Action with Theory and Thoughtful Conceptualization. We therefore deserve full support of UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Entities including DCF.
4. Theory and Thoughtful Conceptualization with Practice and Action and Practice and Action with Theory and Thoughtful Conceptualization is the Way Forward if correct answers are to be found to How Questions and if these answers are to be fully implemented with effective monitoring and evaluation as applicable in each specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global location context; that is each Community in all North and South Countries in our World today.
5. Now is mid 2nd Quarter 2018, Year 3 of Implementation of SDG. Yet DCF, other UNO Entities and remaining UN System: WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Entities and 193/306 UN Member States Governments: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary Entities are still in MDG Mode.
6. DCF, other UNO Entities and remaining UN System: WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Entities and 193/306 UN Member States Governments: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary Entities need to Change to SDG Mode and work jointly at accelerated Pace in the 12 ¾ Years remaining to end 2030 target date, if all 193/306 UN Member States are to Deliver the SDG Pledge by end 2030 target date.
7. The Type of Advocacy being practiced in the National and International Development Arena in the past and at present is not the Type of Advocacy needed if all 193/306 UN Member States are to make up lost time and Deliver on the above SDG Pledge.
8. Records show that our Organization is the only One in our World today Championing the Type of Advocacy needed to support 193/306 UN Member States and UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities including DCF to make up for lost time and Deliver on the above SDG Pledge.
9 Delivery on SDG Pledge for Results in all 193/306 UN Member States greatly depends on Urgent Design of Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global Frameworks for:
a) advocating and communicating SDGs pledge delivery;
b) research: applying research and information for SDGs pledge delivery
c) planning: adapting and localizing SDGs pledge delivery; „
d) implementing: accelerating the SDGs for SDGs pledge delivery;
e) funding: cooperatives and finance for development for SDGs pledge delivery;
f) productivity: productivity and empowerment for SDG pledge delivery
g) evaluation: monitoring and evaluating SDGs pledge delivery
h) reforms: reforms and re-engineering for SDGs pledge delivery
i) accountability: accountability and progressing for SDG pledge delivery and
j) bridge building: building bridge between the SDGs pledge delivery Lesson Learning and Lessons Forgetting.
In deploying these Frameworks, Country SDG Pledge Programming will aim for:-
1) High Flying Countries to have all their Communities and all their Peoples achieve all SDGs Goals and Targets applicable to their unique and specific location context by end 4th Quarter of 2025.
2) Least Laggard Countries to have all their Communities and all their Peoples to achieve all SDGs Goals and Targets applicable to their unique and specific location context by end 4th Quarter of 2026.
3) Most Laggard Countries to have all their Communities and all their Peoples to achieve all SDGs Goals and Targets applicable to their unique and specific location context by end 4th Quarter of 2029.
4) Consolidating Sustainability by ensuring Full Delivery on SDG Pledge in all 193/306 UN Member States is Certain by end 2nd Quarter of 2030 and No Peoples and No Communities in any of 193/306 UN Member States slip or slide back from achieved SDGs Goals and Targets applicable to their unique and specific location context by end 4th Quarter of 2030 Year 15 of Implementation,
5) (1) – (4) demonstrating the practicability of Implementation and Evaluation of Work Together Benefit Together as overarching Principle of 2030 Transformation Agenda – SDGs by all Peoples in all Communities in all 193/306 UN Member States.
6) Operationalizing (1) – (5) in Practice DEMAND an Institution is saddled with responsibility for Thinking Through and Thinking Ahead be relevant Authority in each specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global location context.
10. The Aid Test of Credibility of Frameworks for Design and Delivery of SDG Pledge in all 193/306 UN Member States is:
How it drives local progress in at least four ways:-
a) Persuading and empowering decision makers to pursue progressive policies;
b) Making local challenges more visible;
c) Enabling stakeholders to hold leaders accountable; and
d) Motivating greater coordination, cooperation, collaboration, commitment and coherence.
and How it Delivers at each specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global location levels:-
i) Better Agriculture Crops, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture Information Services, Cooperatives Services and Commodity Markets
ii) Better Innovation and Creativity in Climate Change Resilience, Mitigation and Adaptation Solutions Management as well as in the Optimization of Climate Change Gains and Minimization of Climate Change Losses.
iii) Better Trade, Aid, Debts, Anti Corruption and Anti Terror Solutions Management
iv) Better Multi Stakeholder Partnerships for Driving Policy, Program, Project Interventions, 3PIs and 3PIs Training as One within (10i) – (10iv)
New Public Sector Management / New Public Sector Reform
The Events and Activities within above Horizontal Integration, Vertical Integration and Engagement need to be driven by New Public Sector Management, PSM or New Public Sector Reform, PSR Initiatives in all Arms of all Tiers of Government in each of 193/306 UN member States as well as in each of UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Entities: Headquarters, Regional Offices, Country Offices and Sub-national Offices.
Answer to SDG / SDG Pledge HOW Questions: Sustainable Solutions
It is pertinent to note that finding answer to SDG / SDG Pledge HOW Questions is essentially finding, implementing and evaluating Sustainable Solutions to SDG / SDG Pledge Goals and targets real and complex problems on the ground in specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global location context. This greatly depends on Correct Diagnosis, Correct Prescription, Correct Surgery and Correct Recovery Management Interventions. Political Leaders; Public Service and Civil Service Leaders; Business Leaders as well as other Leaders – Religious Leaders, Traditional Rulers / Tribal Leaders, Media Leaders, Intellectual Leaders etc individually and jointly have Central Role to Play in this regard.
Global PUSH to Achieve SDG / SDG Pledge by 2030: Start NOW.
Given the Magnitude of Work that remains and needs to be done within (1) – (10) above and in very limited time – 12 ¾ Years, the Global PUSH to Achieve SDGs by end 2030 need to Start NOW through all UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Authorities and all 193/306 UN Member States Authorities ensuring that all UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Events at Global, Regional, National and Sub-national levels genuinely focus on answer to SDG How Questions and related issues highlighted in (1) – (10) above. In this regard, DCF 2018 is a unique Forum for moving forward New Ideas, New Thinking, New Partnerships and New Collaboration.
It is difficult to imagine HOW all 193/306 UN Member States could Deliver SDG Pledge by end 2030 target date without addressing all Rethinkings identified in the Paper. As long as UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Entities including DCF and 193/306 UN Member States Governments: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary Entities keep dancing around Development Cooperation Issues and keep avoiding or evading answer to SDGs and SDGs Pledge Delivery How Questions, achieving SDG Vision by end 2030 target date would be Uphill Task. The Global PUSH to ahieve SDGs by end 2030 and in ways that Deliver on SDG Pledge in all 193/306 UN Member States need to start now and not wait till 2025 or 2028.
There are Bright Prospects of Success, should DCF, other UNO Entities and remaining UN System: WBG, IMF, WTO (ITO) Entities and 193/306 UN Member States Governments: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary Entities meaningfully address points made in this Paper and in ways that promote and protect the Common Interest and Common Future of Citizens in all 193/306 UN Member States.
International Society for Poverty Elimination / Economic Alliance Group
Akure – Nigeria, West – Africa.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 21 April 2018.