INTERATIONAL SOCIETY FOR POVERTY ELIMINATION ECONOMIC ALLIANCE GROUP
Achieving AAAA, SDG and COP21 Outcome Document Vision and Words with Action Agenda by 2030 in 306/193 Member States – Part 13
Commentary on 21 April 2016 HLTD Outcome, 18 March 2016 SG Report on Supporting Implementation of SDG and AAAA and co-Facilitators Elements Paper on Review of SG Report on Follow Up and Review, MSP for 2030 Agenda, 19 April 2016 Elements Paper on Follow Up and Review: A New Landscape for Stakeholder Engagement in UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF?
The FfD 2016 Outcome and HLTD 2016 Outcome, like Outcome of past similar UN Events highlighted re-occurring decimal of over answering What questions and avoiding or evading answers to How questions.
The UNDP and UNESA e-Discussion 2016 is the only UN Event that has grappled with challenge of finding clear and correct answers to How questions. It is our hope that the expected First Draft SG Report on e-Discussion 2016 will be synthesis of good ideas and pertinent suggestions including clear and correct answers to MSP, Lobbying, AAAA, SDG, COP21 and Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans of 306/193 UN Member States How questions; that further global consultation will improve the Draft SG Report and come up with Final SG Report on e-Discussion 2016 in 6 UN Official languages that is Vision and Words with Action having sufficient potency to help achieve Global Goals by 2030 target date.
It is our further hope that the 28 April 2016 Global Consultation on Follow Up and Review Elements Paper and the 27 – 29 April 2016 UN CEB meeting will actually learn lessons from FfD 2016 Outcome and HLTD 2016 Outcome and each come up with clear and correct answers to How questions; that each of these two UN Events and subsequent UN Events will consider points made in this Paper and take appropriate Action Steps to avoid mistakes made in FfD 2016, HLTD 2016 and past UN Events on 2030 Agenda.
We have made proposal for 4 additional Element Items to the Elements Paper. Should this proposal be accepted, it would ensure that the Revised SG Report on Follow Up and Review and its complementary SG Reports are indeed Vision and Words with Action whose full implementation and effective monitoring and evaluation of the implementation, will accelerate Amazing Transformation in our World today. Rejected, the probability is high that World problems could get worse, with ultimate catastrophic consequences for Citizens in both Developed and Developing Countries, especially the over 2 billion poor that UN System UNO, WBG and IMF and MGoS claim to serve.
We urge Policy Makers and Decision Makers on UN Member States, UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF, MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs and Non MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs to recognize that without effective and efficient War on Corruption, attempting to achieve 2030 Agenda Vision ambition is mirage. World anger on #Panamapapers need to be harnessed and focused on National and Global Collective Action to help Win War on Corruption Worldwide.
We further urge Policy Makers and Decision Makers on UN Member States, UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF, MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs and Non MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs to recognize that 2030 Agenda needs carefully calibrated balance of Voluntary and Legal Commitments as well as enforcement mechanisms should any Partner fail to deliver on any Voluntary or Legal Commitment.
World Leaders at the High Level Thematic Debate, HLTD held on 21 April 2016 called for tangible climate action, the eradication of poverty and bolstered development financing. During the day-long debate, heads of State and Government, ministers, and representatives of international organizations and civil society focused on kick-starting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Addressing the synergy between the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda, leaders discussed national responses and concrete steps forward, many of which hinged on partnerships between a wide array of stakeholders.
Some speakers took up the issue of water shortage, one of the impacts of climate change. János Áder, President of Hungary, said that, in a matter of time, fresh water supplies would be depleted. If the international community failed to address water pollution and eliminate the degradation of arable lands, implementing the Sustainable Development Goals would be impossible.
KOLINDA GRABAR-KITAROVIĆ, President of Croatia, noted that maintaining international peace and security was possible through addressing the root causes of conflicts and instability using sound and sustainable development policies. “To implement the 2030 Agenda, we need a strong and effective United Nations,” she said, underscoring the need to establish clear guidelines, increase effectiveness, break the “silo” mentality and ensure strong monitoring. Equally determined political leadership was imperative for the international community to address new global challenges. While expressing support for engaging in purposeful partnerships, she underlined the need for commitment and cooperation at all levels and from all segments of society.
ANDREJ KISKA, President of Slovakia, stressed that the 2030 Agenda was “a vision for all of us whether small or big, whether rich or poor”, due to the interconnectedness of the globe. However, because of varied national conditions, each State must focus on mitigating its weaknesses and using its strengths for the benefit of others.
MIKE EMAN, Prime Minister of Aruba, Netherlands, said the 2030 Agenda was not an institutional programme, but a task list for humanity to make Earth a better place for future generations. Emphasizing their strong focus on inclusiveness, he said the Goals, for small islands like Aruba, were a matter of immediate survival. Inequality called for strong policies and institutions to ensure that the poorest and more marginalized could reap the most benefits from the Goals, he said, stressing the need to empower women and girls, create sustainable and decent jobs, and promote trade and investment in post-conflict and fragile States. Climate action — and inaction — would greatly affect progress on other Goals, he said, adding that a growing number of water disasters represented “a sign on the wall”.
LI BAODONG, Vice Foreign Minister and Group of 20 Sherpa of China, said that True development would not be achieved until the world’s economics grew in a coordinated manner, with win-win progress for industry and prosperity for people of all walks of life,
Development and the climate agenda were mutually reinforcing and one could not be achieved without the other, said Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaking on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Describing the 2030 Agenda as a blueprint to build a future enshrining the responsibility to focus on the world’s most vulnerable, he noted that it required the adoption of a new, inclusive plan as “nobody in today’s world can grow in isolation”.
In order to achieve meaningful results on the ground, financing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals was critical, he continued, emphasizing that Governments were in the “driver’s seat” to ensure the disbursement of funds. The United Nations, for its part, must take a tailored path to implementing the 2030 Agenda, he underlined.
With the historic signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change taking place on 22 April, subsequent action would create pathways out of current crises and begin the transformation that the world desperately needed, said Mogens Lykketoft (Denmark), President of the General Assembly. In order to make change happen, States must pay closer attention to increasing domestic resources, scaling up existing partnerships and inspiring new ones, meeting official development assistance (ODA) commitments, and advancing data collection.
During the day-long debate, heads of State and Government, ministers, and representatives of international organizations and civil society focused on kick-starting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Addressing the synergy between the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda, leaders discussed national responses and concrete steps forward, many of which hinged on partnerships between a wide array of stakeholders.
The HLTD Outcome is evidence that there was no advantage holding this UN Event Back to Back with the FfD Forum. It will be recalled that three important How questions asked at the FfD Forum were avoided or evaded:-
1. How the global partnership for sustainable development could support the implementation of an integrated and holistic agenda;
2. How to reach the most vulnerable and marginalized; and
3. How the international community could move from rhetoric to action.
The wide disappointment expressed in HLTD outcome document, is evidence that these important How questions were once again avoided or evaded while What questions were over answered at the UN Event. In seeking to achieve AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with National Development Plan Vision Ambition without first finding clear and correct answers to all identified MSP, Lobbying, AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans in 306/193 UN Member States How questions, the Cart has been put before the Horse.
Mr Oh’s concluding remarks at FfD Forum is cold comfort. We cannot leave undone what we ought to do and do what we ought not to do and yet keep hoping to achieve the “win-win solutions” that promote and protect Common Interest and Common future of Community to Global Stakeholders. As long as Policy Makers and Decision Makers continue with Business as Usual, Silos rather than Synergy, avoiding/evading How questions etc, it will be uphill task achieving AAAA, SDG, COP21 and Agenda 21 Vision ambitions.
It will be observed that there is too much duplication and replication in UN Events and future UN Events do not build on outcome of successes and failures; strengths and weaknesses of past UN Events and this continually result in the same mistakes being re-occurring decimals. As long as What questions continue to be over answered in UN Events while How questions continue to be avoided or evaded, it will be uphill task seeking to achieve AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 Vision Ambitions in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States.
18 April 2016 SG Report on Implementation of SDG and AAAA
The report raises many interesting points. We wish to comment on some:
Summary - The report provides an description of how Member States are responding to the two Agendas and the impact that the responses will have on the United Nations system.
The report intended to address How but again in reality has addressed What. The confusion between What and How needs to be cleared. There is a need to distinguish between What answers to What questions and How answers to How question. Providing What answers to How questions is a major reason why Gaps in AAAA, SDG, COP21 and Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with National Development Plans are especially difficult to fill.
Paragraph 1 - The report is prepared in response to General Assembly resolution 70/247, in which the Assembly requested that the Secretary-General provide a comprehensive proposal addressing the effective and efficient delivery of mandates in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development by the Secretariat, within the broader United Nations system, including the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the regional commissions and the United Nations Development Account.
There is need for common agreement on definition of UN System to include all entities in UNO, WBG and IMF. It is not helpful to select some entities in UNO or entities in UNO and WBG while excluding all remaining entities. Also it is not helpful to confuse entities in UNO Delivery as One, DaO; with all entities in UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF DaO. If AAAA, SDG, COP21 and Agenda 21 Vision Ambitions are to be achieved by 2030 Target date then the correct definition of UN System should be all entities in UNO, WBG and IMF.
There is need to recognize that AAAA addresses the Finance Dimension of all 17 SDGs. The two Agendas cannot stand alone but need to be complimented by three more Agendas – An Agenda Integrating COP21 and Agenda 21 to address the Environment Dimension of all 17 SDGs; An Agenda to address the Economic Dimension of the SDGs, An Agenda to address the Humanitarian Dimension of the SDGs, An Agenda to address the Justice Dimension of the SDGs, An Agenda to address the Corruption Dimension of the SDGs and An Agenda to address the Reform Dimension of the SDGs. In the work towards implementing all 8 Agendas “as One” to achieve Mr Oh’s “win-win solutions”, National Leaders and World Leaders need to recognize that it is fail in one dimension fail in all dimensions.
There is also need to appreciate that each of the 8 Agendas has Advocacy and Lobbying, Development Communication and Development Research; Planning and Implementation; Monitoring and Evaluation; Data and Digitization and Performance Management and Measures of Success Dimensions. Again it is fail in one dimension fail in all six dimensions.
Paragraph 5 - The 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda were shaped by States Members of the United Nations and agreed by their Governments in 2015. The 2030 Agenda is universal, integrated and indivisible. The full implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda is critical for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets.
It is clear from outcome of FfD Forum 2016 that National Leaders and Global Leaders – Policy Makers and Decision Makers on 306/193 UN Member States; UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF, MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs and Non MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs sides are yet to demonstrate this realization. To do this they have to address fundamental issues of Denial, Deception and Delusion.
Paragraph 6 - The 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda are interdependent. Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals requires ambitious, comprehensive, holistic and transformative actions that follow up on the commitments reached in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2002 and in Doha in 2008 and strengthen the means of implementation and financing for the development follow up process. Both Agendas serve as the basis for actions to be undertaken within communities and countries, under the leadership of national Governments and with the engagement of a broad range of stakeholders.
This underlines urgent need to find clear and correct answers to all How questions as well as recognition that the two Agendas cannot be successfully implemented on sustainable basis without successfully implementing the additional three Agendas identified above.
Paragraph 8 - Countries will review progress through national processes that involve multiple stakeholders. They will be able to share national experiences, describe progress, outline challenges and identify emerging issues at the annual high-level political forum on sustainable development and the Economic and Social Council forum on financing for development follow-up. The forums provide Member States with an opportunity to demonstrate political leadership and to oversee a constellation of follow-up and review processes, facilitating guidance and recommendations for follow-up. They will not only serve to encourage the coordination of sustainable development policies, thus helping to ensure that the 2030 Agenda remains relevant and ambitious but will also foster coherence within the United Nations system. The two forums will interface with the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and other relevant organs and forums, in accordance with their mandates. There will be effective linkages with the followup and review arrangements of all relevant United Nations conferences and processes, including on least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developed countries.
It will be uphill task to meaningfully involve multiple stakeholders without finding clear and correct answers to MSP and Lobbying How questions and related How questions. Records show that many registered MSPs, on SDKP do not qualify as MSPs and at least one MSP that is sufficiently “All Inclusive, All Embracing and Ambitious” to help achieve AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with National Development Plans in UN Member States has “current status” ranging from “rejected” in October 2015 to “under review” February 2016 to “technical suspension” March 2016 to date. This is not helpful.
Paragraph 11 - The two Agendas provide strategic direction to the United Nations system, and the entities within it are reprioritizing their activities and reallocating resources in order to support Member States effectively. The new emphases on universality, integration and indivisibility are already having an impact on operational procedures and activities, and on the capabilities and expertise that will be needed. Member States are examining options within the context of the ongoing dialogue in the Economic and Social Council on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system and of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (see Council resolution 2014/14).
The UN Member States need help from UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF. But the UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF themselves need help, if they are to provide the type of help UN Member States desire. This underline urgent need for Reforming the UN Systems to be fit for the 21st Century through Re-establishing existing Entities and Establishing New Entities. The UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF cannot give what they do not have.
Paragraph 13 -The United Nations system and the Secretariat support Member States as they establish coherent whole-of-government policies and strategies, as well as whole-ofsociety approaches to implementation. The objective is effective, efficient, transparent and inclusive implementation at the local and national levels, as well as among groups of countries at the subregional and regional levels
Establishing coherent “Whole of Government”, “Whole of Society” Approaches are elements of “One Worldwide Approach” which includes “Whole of Bank”, “Whole of Institution”, “Integrated”, “Systemic”, “Common” etc Approaches. Paragraph 20 identifies need for Data Revolution. However Data Revolution within “One Worldwide Approach” “Individually or Jointly” cannot stand alone but need to be Designed and Delivered within Interlinked, Interconnected and Interdependent Primary Revolutions - Agricultural Revolution, Enterprise Revolution, Government Revolution, Applied Research Revolution, Attitudinal and Behavioral Change Revolution, Data Revolution, Digital Revolution etc and Secondary Revolutions – Education Revolution, Health Revolution, Water Revolution, Land Revolution, Tax Administration Revolution, Justice Administration Revolution, Anti Corruption Revolution etc. This underline need to involve creators ideas harvested from Global Consultations and adopted by UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF Entities.
FfD 2016 Outcome and HLTD 2016 Outcome, each address What questions related to above Policy, Program, Project Interventions, 3PIs but did not address the more important How questions relating to above 3PIs and 3PIs Training as One.
General Comments on the SG Report on Implementation of SDG and AAAA
The FfD Forum 2016 Outcome and HLTD 2016 Outcome underlines Gaps in the SG Report on Implementation of SDG and AAAA that need to be urgently filled. The fundamental issues involved cannot be wished away. The necessary arrangements cannot be left to happen on its own or by divine intervention but needs to be discussed, negotiated and established and on time. It clear that these Gaps cannot be effectively filled without clear and correct answers to AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans in 306/193 UN Member States How questions.
The design and delivery of policy, program, project interventions, 3PIs and 3PIs Training as One in each Action Agenda Item in each of the AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans in UN Member States demand high levels of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship focused on deploying new thinking towards doing new things in new ways. This calls for Pilot Program wherein Multiple Stakeholders work jointly on these policy, program, project interventions, learn from successes and failures before nationwide roll out in specific Member State.
MSP for 2030 Agenda
The FfD Forum Outcome, HLTD Outcome and SG Report on Implementing SDG and AAAA underline the central role of MSP. Regretfully many of the MSPs being registered by SDKP are not the type of MSPs that could make significant contribution towards achieving 2030 Agenda Vision ambitions by scheduled date. In finding clear and correct answers to MSP How questions, there is urgent need to actually learn lessons from why MSPs’ had more flaws and failures than successes in the first 50 years of International Development Cooperation 1960 – 2009 and why these mistakes remain re-occurring decimals 7 years into the second 50 years of International Development Cooperation 2010 – 2059.
MSP for 2030 Agenda that will be successful on sustainable basis need to focus on Action on three fronts:-
1. Stakeholder Participation, Transparent and Accountable Action – All concerned Stakeholders National and Sub-national Governments: Executive, Parliament, Judiciary; Civil Society, Philanthropies, Multilateral Organizations, Businesses and many others including the Communities that are Target Beneficiaries of True Development Initiatives need to be meaningfully involved in an inclusive manner that is transparent. Each Stakeholder must be accountable to themselves and other Stakeholders for their action(s) or inaction(s) and in the later case accepting potential sanctions for lack of compliance with commitments. This call for Building Trust and Mutual Respect and in ways that ensure all partners are effectively represented in governance mechanisms and that all voices are heard.
2. Cooperative, Collaborative, Cohesive, Coordinated, Effective and Efficient Action – With the increasing diversity of partners involved in sub-national, national, sub-regional, regional and global development cooperation, it is more important than ever to avoid duplication and repetition of effort and fragmentation – problems which FfD Forum Outcome and HLTD Outcome, once more, underline as re-occurring decimals. Achieving 2030 Agenda Vision Ambition by target date call for Effective and Efficient Action through focusing Partnerships on specific Disciplines – Evaluation, Procurement, Institutional / Policy Reform etc, Services – Water, Education, Police etc , Sectors – Power, Telecomms, Finance etc and Issues – Governance, Leadership, Anti Corruption etc this does not mean that more and bigger Partnerships are the best solutions. MSPs need to be streamlined, all relevant Stakeholders need to be encouraged to participate actively in finding sustainable solutions in pilot programs and taking sustainable solutions to scale at National level and committed Leadership from each Stakeholder Group in the MSP is required to give MSPs the momentum they need to tackle complex sub-national, national, sub-regional, regional and global development cooperation challenges on the ground within the specific location - Community to Global, in which the MSP operate, stay on course and mobilize the mandate, manpower, money, material, machine and other resources required to get the job done.
3. Expertise, Exposure and Experience based Action - The reform of sub-national, national, sub-regional, regional and global development cooperation to meet today’s sustainable development challenges in each Community in each Member State call for changes in attitude, behavior, culture and mindset. Dialogue and learning from experience and exposure are essential to produce desired change. MSP for 2030 Agenda must emphasize the importance of learning from experience and exposure; building bridge between lessons learning and lessons forgetting; knowledge sharing, capacity building – individual, institution and society, patronage, standards, regulation and networking; enhancing the quality of development cooperation at levels appropriate for specific MSP as way of improving its impact, effectiveness and relevance; peer reviews that focus on how development cooperation is framed, managed and delivered; development cooperation – monitoring, reporting and evaluation cycles that are used to support continuing adaptation etc.
The Development Cooperation Report 2015 proposes 10 success factors for MSPs that would have capacity to mobilize National and Global Collective Action for achieving SDG:-
1. Secure High Level Leadership
2. Ensure Partnerships are Country Led and Context Specific
3. Avoid duplication of effort and fragmentation
4. Make governance inclusive and transparent
5. Apply the right type of partnership model for the challenge
6. Agree on principles, targets, implementation plans and enforcement mechanisms
7. Clarify roles and responsibilities
8. Maintain a clear focus on results
9. Measure and monitor progress towards goals and targets
10. Mobilize the required financial resources and use them effectively
It is clear that promoters and members of MSPs need practical help and technical support if their MSP is to pass the 10 success factors. This once more underlines urgent need for relevant authorities to find clear and correct answers to MSP, Lobbying, AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans in 306/193 UN Member States How questions and in ways that effectively address fundamental issues of OH3A2T2LRSP - Ownership, Harmonization, Alignment, Accountability, Attitude, Transparency, Transformation, Leadership, Learning, Results, Stakeholder Participation as applicable to specific context (2030 Agenda in whole or part) of Thematic Interest to the MSP and specific Location – Community to Global where the MSP operate. These arrangements cannot be left to occur on their own but need to be negotiated, discussed and established and on time.
co-Facilitators Elements Paper on Review of SG Report on Follow Up and Review
The Elements Paper contains many interesting points but sadly remain Vision and Words without Action. All points made with regard to the FfD Forum 2016, HLTD 2016 and SG Report on Implementation of SDG and AAA apply to this Elements Paper. There is a need for the co-Facilitators to address these fundamental issues and without delay.
There is a need to use correct nomenclature – Follow Up and Review is Monitoring and Evaluation Dimension of each of the 8 Agendas identified above (comment on paragraph 1 SG Report on Implementation of SDG and AAAA). The Monitoring and Evaluation Dimension of each of the 8 Agendas need to be complemented with the Advocacy and Lobbying, Development Communication and Development Research; Planning and Implementation, Data and Digitization and Performance Management and Measures of Success Dimensions of each of the 8 Agendas. It is fail in one fail in all of the six Dimensions.
There is also need to optimize productivity of physical participation in New York and virtual participation in Communities in any of the 306/193 UN Member States, in UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF Events in New York and/or Washington. For example Representatives of MGoS who wish to speak at the 28 April Global Consultation in New York that will be discussing the Elements Paper have been given 2 minutes each. Are these Representatives speaking for themselves or for their MGoS? If they are speaking for themselves, what is the Role of the 9 MGs and 3 or 4 other Stakeholders Officially recognized by the UNO? If they are speaking for their MGoS is 1 week enough for each MGoS to conduct Global Consultation that is Transparent and fairly represent the Views and Perspectives of their Members? Can the content of 2 minutes speech cover all issues any MGoS can and should raise in response to this Element Paper?
We suggest that the 28 April 2016 meeting have facility for Stakeholders outside New York to be effective Virtual Participants through making provision for Webinar or Google Hangout Interactive Live Video facilities. Live TV coverage does not allow for interaction with the Co-Facilitators, Presenters and Participants in the Consultation Venue. We suggest further inclusion of 4 Elements in the Elements Paper as follows:
After the “Framing the Resolution” Element – Add one Element:-
Answering How questions – The resolution should recall that in past and ongoing UN Events What questions have been over answered while How questions have been avoided or evaded. The resolution should request the Secretary General to ensure that all future SGs’ Reports set out clear and correct answers to How questions. The resolution should invite ECOSOC, Member States and MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs and Non MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs to consider in their contributions at future UN Events setting out clear and correct answers to How questions.
After the “SG Report” Element – Add one Element:-
Integrated SG Reports – The resolution could reaffirm that “Follow Up and Review” is essentially “Monitoring and Evaluation” and reiterate that Member States, UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF, ECOSOC, HLPF, MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs and Non MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs are encouraged to use common nomenclature of Monitoring and Evaluation in place of Follow Up and Review.
The resolution should underscore the need for SG Report on Follow Up and Review and SG Report on Implementation of SDG and AAAA to be complemented by three additional SG Reports – SG Report on Advocacy and Lobbying; SG Report on Development Communication and Development Research; SG Report on Data and Digitization and SG Report on Performance Management and Measures of Success and that all five SG Reports need to be fully implemented with monitoring and evaluation of this implementation as One.
After the “Coherence” Element – Add two Elements:-
1. Big Challenge – The Resolution should underscore the need for Sustainable Development Science that effectively links Truth, Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom that has 12 components – Advocacy Science, Lobbying Science, Development Communication Science, Development Research Science, Planning Science, Implementation Science, Monitoring Science, Evaluation Science, Data Science, Digitization Science, Performance Management Science and Measures of Success Science. The resolution could reiterate that combining the Evidence - work of Scientists and researchers with Experience – work of Practitioners and Professionals could be a powerful way of leveraging national and global collective knowledge, understanding and wisdom towards achieving 2030 Agenda Vision Ambitions in each Community in each Member States and by scheduled date.
2. Changing the World – The resolution should underscore the need for Multiple Stakeholders in each 2030 Agenda Action Agenda Item to “Learn by Doing” in pilot program focused on Sustainable Development Implementation Outcomes including acceptability, adoption, appropriateness, feasibility, fidelity or how well the policy, program or project intervention was implemented according to a plan, implementation cost, coverage, and sustainability of the intervention. The resolution could reiterate that running the pilot program gave the Multiple Stakeholders a ‘safe’ space to adapt, learn, and modify elements of the policy, program or project before it was launched at the national level in specific Member State and that by the end of the pilot study, the Multiple Stakeholder Participants could have given ‘an innovation to the world’ and in the process had learned about what works, for whom, and how it works in their specific context. In addition, they could have saved the provider(s) of funding for the policy, program, project intervention from making some expensive mistakes when the policy, program, project intervention was rolled out nationally in the Member State.
War on Corruption
So much activity is ongoing in the fight against corruption, but the more activities we have the more corruption is getting worse. Are we losing the fight against corruption? Not necessarily, and certainly not for lack of effort or effectiveness. However, we notice cases where the more successful an anti-corruption body is, the more likely it is to fail. At first blush, that correlation seems illogical; but successes encourage counterattacks by powerful and well-funded individuals or groups. In addition, the media hold anti-corruption agencies to standards of success that often are impossible to achieve. Success in a series of small cases will be met by accusations that “you let the big fish get away.” Civil society organizations always seem dissatisfied and always want you to do more, even if one could argue that this is what those organizations are supposed to do!
The Big Question is: If we do not know why corruption is fighting us, we will not know how to fight corruption. And, if we do not know why a successful anti-corruption body attract death, we will not know how to nurture and grow anti-corruption body at sub-national, national, sub-regional, regional and global levels that will be successful on sustainable basis. This Big Question cannot be answered without answers to all SG Synthesis Report, SG Report on Implementing SDG and AAAA, SG Report on Follow Up and Review, Data Revolution Report etc How questions.
Implementing AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 calls for Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global Stakeholders Joint Approach to Fighting and Winning a War on Poverty, Hunger, Disease and Environmental Degradation (PHDE). This requires Winning Twelve Battles Against Arrogance, Ignorance, Indifference, Incompetence, Indiscipline, Injustice, Intolerance, Insincerity, Inequality, Interference, Impunity and Corruption (A10IC). In this War we must recognize the denominators – Poverty of Ideas, Integrity, Trust, Competence and Spirit.
We would like to see more emphasis on the importance of peace for achieving sustainable development and that peace as a desirable outcome in itself is strongly - and rightly - affirmed. including Peace as one of five Ps of the SDG is strongly welcomed. This requires a crucial focus on the causes of violence, insecurity and injustice - both in the narrative as well as in the Goals and Targets. It also requires evolving Corruption Free Society at sub-national, national, sub-regional, regional and global levels. The vision for development financing fails to constructively engage with the peace agenda. The AAAA and SDG should acknowledge the risk of doing harm and effectively support peace-building as well as the risk of fighting corruption effectively and efficiently on successful and sustainable basis from Community to Global levels.
World Anger on #Panamapapers needs to be focused on reinvigorating the War on Corruption from Community to Global levels. If so much could come from just One Legal Firm, so much more would come from all Legal Firms and Consultancies that need to be professionally investigated and in ways that ensure all offenders, no matter how powerful and in whichever country – developed or developing face appropriate sanctions and without delay. It is clear that without decisively addressing the Corruption issue any attempt to achieve 2030 Agenda Vision ambition is mirage.
Central Role for MGoS
The 9 MGs and 3 or 4 other Stakeholders being the Citizens Component of the troika – 306/193 Member States, UN System – UNO, WBG and IMG and MGoS need to be more proactive and ensure that all 3 How questions highlighted from FfD Outcome are answered by UN Member States and UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF and without further delay.
The NGO MG is the biggest of all the MGs, yet it is not making much impact and it is not contributing as much as it could to removing the Disconnect between Community and NY in each of the 306/193 UN Member States. Each of the MGs needs to be reorganized and restructured into four broad divisions – Advocacy and Lobbying, Planning and Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research and Science. Each MG Member must operate within specific context (2030 Agenda part or whole) and specific location (Community to Global) and Registration at ECOSOC, DPI etc must be subject to annual renewal based on performance, including contribution to minimum certain number of Consultations appropriate to the specific Registration category.
We perceive NGO MG has well over 500 Members out of over 4,000 ECOSOC Registered NGOs across the World – the actual number could be more. It is not helpful that NGO MG rarely engage in Global Consultation and when it does like the recent Global Consultation on HLPF Position Paper, less than 30 Members endorsed the Document and even less participated actively in drafting the Document. The probability is that more or less the same level of contribution to MG Global Consultation is recorded in remaining Eight MGs. If Policy Makers and Decision Makers on Member States, UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF sides do not know why over 90% of Members in 9 MGs and 3 or 4 other Stakeholder Groups do not participate in Global Consultations, they will not know how to remove the disconnect between Community and NY in each UN Member State. Allowed to continue, MGoS will continue to underperform in delivery on their Central Role responsibilities in the work towards achieving 2030 Agenda Vision ambitions.
We are concerned that NGO MG that should be in the forefront in Advocacy for clear and correct answer to MSP, Lobbying, AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans in 306/193 UN Member States has in editing out paragraph on Clear and Correct answer to How questions in the HLPF 2016 Position Paper demonstrated it is avoiding or evading being part of answer to How questions.
We are informed that our general comment will be shared that CSO FfD Group. We have requested for a Listserv of select CSO FfD Group Members, NGO MG OP, ISPE/EAG representative to discuss this matter, come up with MGoS HLPF Position Paper endorsed by Members of all 9 MGs and 3 or 4 other Stakeholders, within 4 weeks extension period. It is pertinent to note that as long as How questions remain unanswered, it would be uphill task seeking to achieve AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 Vision Ambitions.
Leaving No One Behind
If the 2030 Agenda is to be achieved, the implication is that No One will be left behind when the Global Goals are reached by 2030 target date. The outlook in this 2nd quarter of 2016 Year of Implementation is that given the level of disconnect, discontent and disappointment, the probability is high that many would be left behind by 2030 target date, if National Leaders and World Leaders – Policy makers and Decision Makers on 306/193 UN Member States, UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF, MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs and Non MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs do not urgently face new direction and adopt new priorities.
Member States and UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF and MGoS are urged to consider taking the following Action Steps without delay:-
1. Select One Worldwide Approach – most All Inclusive, All Embracing and Ambitious Approach with clear Principles, Instruments corresponding to each Principle, Practices and Database.
2. Appoint newly established United Nations Reform Group to United Nations System including WBG and IMF (body of UN CEB) as Global Internal Coordinating Consultant to UN System including WBG and IMF, 306/193 UN Member States, MGoS Member CSOs’/NGOs’ and Non MGoS Member CSOs’/NGOs’ on both Developed and Developing Countries sides involved in the Design and Delivery of Policy, Program, Project Intervention, 3PI or 3PI Training as One in each of the Action Agenda Items in National Goals aligned and harmonized with Global Goals.
3. Select Global External Coordinating Consultant to UN System including WBG and IMF, 306/193 UN Member States, MGoS Member CSOs’/NGOs’ and Non MGoS Member CSOs’/NGOs’ on both Developed and Developing Countries sides involved in the Design and Delivery of Policy, Program, Project Intervention, 3PI or 3PI Training as One in each of the Action Agenda Items in National Goals aligned and harmonized with Global Goals. Selected Institution should have demonstrated most acceptable levels of Hard Competences: Learning and Skills and Soft Competences: Character, Courage and Mindset to be able to Deliver on its responsibilities.
4. Support establishment of MSP for 2030 Agenda focused on Discipline for Village to Global Internal and External Consultants
5. Support establishment of MSP for 2030 Agenda focused on Services, Sectors and Issues within entire AAAA, SDG, COP21 and Agenda 21.
6. Take complementary Action Steps to (1) – (5).
The HLTD 21 April 2016 held Back to Back with the FfD Forum 2016. It is sad HLTD 2016 continued with Business as Usual to produce Outcome that was Vision and Words without Action and that avoided or evaded answer to How questions.
It is doubtful if any of the MSPs registered on SDKP can move forward in each of the above 3 Actions. Yet the only MSP specifically focused on Discipline has its registration application on “technical suspension”.
With 2 relevant UN Events in April 2016 – Global Consultation on Follow Up and Review Elements Paper 28 April 2016 and UN CEB 27 – 29 April 2016, it is our hope that relevant authorities would recognize the urgent need to grapple effectively with the challenges of finding clear and correct answers to MSP, Lobbying, AAAA, SDG, COP21 and Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans and Country Assistance Programs of Member States.
It is bad that fundamental issues that ought to have been settled by end 1st quarter 2015 Year of Decision are still outstanding in 2nd quarter 2016 Year of Implementation. Should National and Global Leaders – Policy Makers and Decision Makers on 306/193 UN Member States, UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF, MGoS Member CSOs’/NGOs’ and Non MGoS Member CSOs/NGOs sides fail to adopt new priorities and face new direction, there is high probability the situation will remain the same by end 4th quarter 2016 Year of Implementation. Allowed to occur the ultimate consequences could be catastrophic for Citizens on both Developed and Developing Countries, especially the over 2 Billion Poor the
UN System – UNO, WBG and IMF claim to serve.
We are willing to offer a more detailed information / clarification on any of the points made in this Paper.
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