INTERATIONAL SOCIETY FOR POVERTY ELIMINATION ECONOMIC ALLIANCE GROUP
Achieving AAAA, SDG and COP21 Outcome Document Vision and Words with Action Agenda by 2030 in 193 Member States – Part 4
His Excellency Mr. Andrej Logar, Chairperson of the 70th General Assembly Second Committee and Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations, is convening informal consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Conference Room 2, at the United Nations Headquarters. A summary of the proceedings will then be made available to Member States in advance of the draft GA resolutions to be tabled later this month to be negotiated in November & December.
The NGO consultations will follow a consultation among Member States scheduled for Friday, 9 October, 3 - 6 pm, where they discussed how the methods of work of the GA Second Committee may be harmonized with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda, together with the agendas of ECOSOC and GA Third Committee, to eliminate overlaps and duplication. Based upon the results of the Member States consultation on 9 October, a discussion paper by DESA will be prepared in preparation for the consultation with ECOSOC NGOs on 22 October.
This innovative step in the Second Committee represents a unique opportunity for civil society to share its distinctive perspective and concrete inputs to Member States’ deliberations on the Committee’s agenda and work in order to better respond to the challenges of implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
This nomination process seeks candidates as speakers to address either of the following questions:
1. How can the Second Committee ensure that its work is in line with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
2. How should the agenda of the Second Committee look like in the coming years?
A Call has also been made to interested persons to provide brief and concrete written contributions, which will be posted on CSONet. We prepared Part 1 in response to the Call and in time for consideration at the 9 October meeting and we started by expanding the Questions:
Expanded Questions addressed in Part 1
1. How can the Methods of Work of the GA Second Committee be effectively Aligned and Harmonized with the objectives of AAAA, SDG, COP21 Outcome Document, together with the Agendas of ECOSOC and all remaining GA Committees – 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 to eliminate overlap and duplication?
2. How should the Agendas of ECOSOC and GA Committees 1 – 6 look like in the coming years 2016 – 2030?
We prepared Part 2 for consideration at the Wednesday meeting of 14 October 2015, based on additional information available to us. We are following up with Part 3 and Part 4 for consideration at the Wednesday meeting of 21 October 2015. The Four Papers can help enrich the work of GA Second Committee and other Village to Global Stakeholders towards achieving increasing convergence between revised AAAA, revised SDG and COP21 Outcome Document Vision Intention and Reality in each Community in each Local Government in each of the 193 Member States that is Interlinked, Interconnected and Interdependent with work towards achieving increasing convergence between Agenda 21, UNSDS 2015 Outcome Document, Synthesis Report, Data Revolution Report, World Development Report of the World Bank Group - WDR 2004 (Public Sector Management, PSM), WDR 2008 (Agriculture), WBG New PSM (2011), WDR 2014 (Risk Management), WDR 2015 (Attitudinal and Behavioural Change), FAO Conference on Hunger and Poverty Program of Action 1995 etc Vision Intention and Reality in each Community in each Local Government in each of the 193 Member States.
Outcome 9 October 2015 Meeting
Opening the meeting on 9 October 2015, in New York, US, Andrej Logar (Slovenia), Second Committee Chair, stated High Priority Aims and Objectives of Key Task of GA Second Committee on Continuously Improving its Working Methods and Rationalization of its Agenda:-
1. Revitalization of the work of the GA which calls for proposals for biennialization, triennializaton, clustering and elimination of items on the Agenda of the GA.
2. Revitalization of the work of the GA Second Committee which calls for proposals on the rationalisation of the General Debate and Introduction of Agenda Item Debates.
3. Contribute to the fulfilment of GA mandates, particularly that contained in resolution 68/1, which provided that the ECOSOC and the GA especially its Second and Third Committees, should consider and take steps towards the rationalization of their Agendas by eliminating duplication and overlap, and promoting complimentarity in the consideration and negotiation of similar or related issues.
4. Address the provisions of resolution 69/321, as the main outcome of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the work of the GA where each Main Committee is requested to discuss its working methods at the beginning and end of every session.
5. Ensure that the future work of the GA Second Committee is fully aligned with the Integrated Vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the AAAA
Key Questions that need to be answered in Design and Delivery of above Key Task:-
1. As currently constituted, can the Agenda of this Committee effectively support the promotion and integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development?
2. Could sustainable development become an overarching framework for the Agenda of the Committee? What are the options for rearranging the Agenda as a whole to reflect this approach?
3. What implications, if any, would this approach have for the outcomes and resolutions adopted by the Committee?
4. Do the items in our Agenda adequately cover the main aspects of the 2030 Agenda?
5. What are the gaps to be filled, bearing in mind also the work and Agenda of the Third Committee? How should the Second Committee fulfil its main mandates vis-a-vis other main Bodies and Platforms, such as the Third Committee, ECOSOC and HLPF?
Given the guidelines set by the GA Second Committee Chair, the two questions the Second Committee set for itself, deletes many aspects of the five questions set by Mr Logar. The expanded questions we have set out above address more issues but still leave out some aspects of the five questions. This underlines urgent need for the 21 October Meeting to revert to the Original Objectives and Five Questions.
Outcome UNSDS 2015
In addition to points made in Part 3, it is pertinent to note that many World Leaders made commitments. However, it is one thing to make commitments. It is a very different thing to implement the commitments with effective monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the commitments.
If World Leaders are to shift from Rhetoric to Reality; shift from Talking and Thinking to Action and Accomplishment in the work towards achieving increasing convergence between AAAA, SDG, COP21 Outcome Document, Agenda 21, Synthesis Report, Data Revolution Report, FAO Conference on Hunger and Poverty Action Plan etc Vision Intention and Reality, the above Five Questions need to be answered in ways that achieve above Objectives. Can this be done without answer to AAAA, SDG, COP21 Outcome Document, Agenda 21, Synthesis Report, Data Revolution Report, FAO Conference on Hunger and Poverty Action Plan etc How questions? Can answer to these How questions be found without World Leaders, UN Family Organization, 193 Member States and Partners Jointly addressing all fundamental issues raised in this Paper 4 and earlier three Papers?
Now that the commitments have been made, at both the collective global level, and the individual national level, the critical question is: will these commitments lead to full implementation of the 2030 Agenda with effective monitoring and evaluation of this implementation and in ways that really make a difference for people, planet, prosperity, partnerships and peace, in the “five Ps” of the Agenda? Will they make a difference in the lives of elders, men, women, youth and children who suffer, struggle and live and strive to overcome great poverty?
The translation of commitments into practice, and their ability to make a real difference on the ground, will depend on various factors, especially political will, ownership, harmony, alignment, accountability, transparency, transformation, leadership, learning, citizen and stakeholders participation, results, financing, capacity, data availability and quality.
In the view of Abhijit Banerjee, the for this year's session of the UN General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial), translating the Agenda into impact depends not only on financial resources but also on the “intellectual space” and capacity of countries and institutions to innovate, which includes creating simple but low-cost initiatives that increase the impact of pre-existing programmes and projects. If the plethora of ideas presented by government leaders for the three-day Summit in New York last month is an indication, the Agenda may get off to a good start.
Innovation is a resource that cannot stand alone but need to be complemented by other resources – influence, science, technology, arts, funding, manpower, spiritual, land and water. Harnessing these 10 Resources, demand 12 Integrated Solutions – Political and Cultural; Economic and Financial; Social and Environmental; Peace and Security; Religious and Moral; Technical and Communication as applicable to specific context Village to Global.
The Wednesday meetings Platform was established to answer above Five questions and in ways that met above Objectives. However, the Platform has reduced the questions to two. At its inaugural meeting on 7 October, the minutes show General Report, General Discussion and Assignment Allocation. The minutes of the second meeting on 14 October show General Report and General Discussion.
Our view is that the second meeting on 14 October ought to have taken a Progress Report on Assignment Allocation before taking General Report, General Discussion and Assignment Allocation. We do hope that this omission would be corrected in the minutes of the third meeting on 21 October and subsequent Wednesday Platform meetings.
It is pertinent to note that Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the work of the GA was first established in 2005. It is clear that correct answer to above 5 questions will include evaluation of the work of this Ad Hoc Working Group is the past 11 years to identify areas of successes and how they could be improved upon as well as areas of flaws and failures and how they could be corrected. Can the Wednesday Platform address this point without addressing all points made in the Four Papers we have submitted?
Mr. Huffines has been given specific assignment to come up with recommendation for Implementation Framework for Agenda 21 and UNSDS 2015 Outcome. Can Mr Huffines deliver on this Huge Responsibility without addressing all points we consistently raise?
Learning Organization, Learning Society and Business Unusual
World Hunger and Poverty is a Scar on the Conscience of: World Leaders – State Actors and Non State Actors; 193 Member States Government and Parliament; UN Family Organization; Universities and Tertiary Institutions; Banks; Private Sector; National and International Media Executives etc. Once Sub-national, National and International Stakeholders make Ordered CHANGE with Reward Benefits IMPOSSIBLE, they knowingly or unknowingly make Disordered Change with Catastrophe Consequences INEVITABLE.
If Stakeholders in world Economy continue pursuing current priorities and keep facing current Direction, the probability is HIGH that current World Political, Economic, Terrorism, Migration, Hunger, Poverty, Climate Change etc problems will worsen, with ultimate catastrophic consequences for all Citizens in both Rich and Poor Countries.
To avoid this, Leaning Organization should be the norm in UN Family Organization including WBG and IMF; Learning Society should be the norm in 193 Member States and Business Unusual should be the norm on World Leaders, UN Family Organization, 193 Member States and Partners sub-national, national, sub-regional, regional and global sides.
The UK Government experience creating Evaluation Cadre in DFID is similar to the Nigeria Government experience creating Procurement Cadre in its Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The weakness in UK Universities with respect to New Disciplines such as Public Policy and Public Administration is worse in many Developed and Developing Countries Universities. Also these New Disciplines do not have structured Professional Bodies and Statutory Regulatory Institutions as exist in Disciplines such as Medicine, Accountancy etc. If National and International Development Cooperation Goals and Targets are to be met and on time, there is a need to establish Cadres in Public Service and Civil Service in Developed Countries and Developing Countries as well as in International Institutions; establish Professional Bodies supporting Professionals from Neighborhood to Global levels and establish Statutory Regulatory Institutions guiding the activities of Professionals from Neighborhood to Global levels. To help is this regard ISPE / EAG is promoting the establishment of Multidisciplinary Professionals Community of Practice on Poverty Elimination and Environmental Sustainability, MPCOP-PE&ES for Grassroots Professionals and Technical Professionals in the following Disciplines:-
1. Knowledge and Communication
6. Public Policy
7. Public Administration
10. Defense and Security
11. Democracy and Elections
12. Service Delivery
14. Risk Management
15. Agriculture Sociology
16. Agriculture Extension
17. Agriculture Chemistry
18. Agriculture Biology
19. Agriculture Engineering
20. Food Technology
21. Value Chain Development
22. Development Communication – COMBI / CABS (Communication for Development Impact / Changing Attitude and Behavior at Scale)
23. Research Utilization
24. Development Impact
25. Conflict Resolution
26. Anti Corruption
28. Monitoring and Evaluation
29. Human Rights - PESCR (Political, Economic, Social, Cultural and Religious)
30. Data Management
There is a need to create 30 Professional Cadres, 30 Professional Bodies, 30 Statutory Regulatory Institutions and 30 University Departments in each of these Disciplines in all Developed Countries, Developing Countries and International Institutions. There is a need to develop curriculum for the 30 Disciplines in all Universities that would better equip Professionals in each Discipline would face in real World situations on the ground today.
There is a need to further to update curriculum for all remaining Disciplines in all Universities that would better equip Professionals in these Disciplines to face real World situations on the ground today.
About ISPE / EAG
Lanre and colleagues have for over twenty years made great sacrifices, demonstrated uncommon zeal and exceptional patriotism in continuing constructive engagement of relevant sub-national, national and international stakeholders, to jointly focus on comprehensive systemic solutions to our real and complex national political, economic, social, security, cultural and religious problems on the ground.
In this period we have been working spiritedly towards helping to make Nigeria, Africa, UK, Europe, US and World Hunger and Poverty history and in record time. In this period also, our Lanre Rotimi (Nigerian) and Dr. Hellmut Eggers (German) have created 3PCM, Policy, Program, Project Cycle Management Approach to Benefits focused National and International Development Cooperation – the most advance such Approach in our World today. 3PCM has been tried and tested, the Biggest Test so far in NIPOST 2000 – 2001.
3PCM uses Living Strategy or Communication Strategy and so it is Dynamic and continuing to improve daily. Glorious Heights reached by NIPOST at the time has NEVER been equalled even when NIPOST later received Technical Support from Netherlands / Dutch Postal Administration. We have built considerable expertise, experience and exposure in Nigeria, UK and EC that bring Whole of Nigeria, Africa, UK, Europe, US and World Thinking to bear in finding practical solutions to all identified complex systemic problems in Nigeria, Africa, UK, Europe, US and World, fully implementing the solutions and effectively monitoring and evaluating this implementation in ways that achieve increasing convergence between National and Global Development Cooperation Goals and Targets Intention and Reality and on scheduled dates.
International Society for Poverty Elimination, ISPE, Volunteer Organization, is a Member of Economic Alliance Group, EAG. EAG has the following additional Members:-
1. AR & Associates Limited, Strategy and Development Cooperation Consulting Firm – Research, Planning, Statistics, Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment, Learning, Results, Advocacy.
2. EAG - CLEAR, Centre for Learning in Evaluation and Results, Evaluation Organization
3. EAG - CDPM, Centre for Development Policy Management, Research Organization
4. EAG – FTS / FFS, Farmers Training School / Farmer Field School, Food and Agriculture Organization
5. EAG – ETS / EFS, Enterprise Training School / Enterprise Field School, Entrepreneurship Development Organization
6. EAG – PSA / PSE – Public Service Academy / Public Service Exchange, Public Administration Organization
EAG is neutral in promoting and protecting Sub-national, National and International Development Cooperation. EAG work towards supporting Developed Countries Governments; Developing Countries Governments; International Institutions / International Foundations / Donors; Organized Communities – Neighbourhood to Global; Media – National and International to JOINTLY Build National and Global Collective ACTION for achieving Increasing Convergence between National and Global Development Cooperation Goals and Targets Intention and Reality and on schedule dates.
The core business of the Group is the provision of Services for Strategic Management of Complex National or International or both National and International Development Change Processes under Blended Volunteer Services and Commercial Services Arrangement.
AR has been in business since 1993 but registered in Nigeria in 1995. ISPE has been in business operating as Economic Alliance International (EAI) since 2002 but registered in Nigeria in 2007. EAG – CLEAR; EAG – CDPM; EAG – FTS; EAG – ETS; EAG – PSA are for now domiciled in AR.
EAG has in the past 20 years spent over US$2 Million (N300 Million) to Develop the 3PCM Approach as well as its National and Global Development Cooperation Practical Solutions under Blended Volunteer Services and Commercial Services Arrangement within which we provided the Nigeria Federal Government alone Consultancy Services worth over UK Pounds 10 Million (N2.5 Billion) Free of Charge. This is Evidence that we do not have purely Commercial Interest but are Motivated by Service to Humanity as the Best Work of Life, hence two of our Slogans – Let Us Work Together to Benefit Together and …Building a Brighter Future as we Configure our World.
In this Paper and three earlier Papers we have raised serious issues of serious business that deserve the serious attention of World Leaders, 193 Member States, UN Family Organization and Partners from Village to Global levels. Each day delay in addressing these fundamental issues is one day too long.
The ultimate consequences of failure to achieve 2030 Agenda Targets in each of the 193 Member States could be catastrophic. This is avoidable should World Leaders take positive Action on ideas and suggestions set out in Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3, Paper 4 and supporting documents – available upon request.
We are willing to offer a more detailed information / clarification as directed by GA Second Committee and or other relevant UN Authority.
International Society for Poverty Elimination / Economic Alliance Group
5, Moses Orimolade Avenue,
Ijapo Estate, Akure, Ondo State,
Email: email@example.com 20 October 2015.