Civil society must increase government pressure ahead of 2015 deadline

As discussions on the post-2015 sustainable development framework intensify civil society mustn't go to sleep.

Civil society must hold tight to its seat at the table as discussions on the post-2015 sustainable development framework intensify among UN agencies, member states and the private sector.

On 30 May, the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons submitted a report on the post-2015 development agenda to the UN Secretary General. Recommendations in the report followed from consultations around the world, including listening to the priorities of people living in poverty.

Although the big phase of global consultation has happened, Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme, explained in a recent interview with The Guardian, that this was just the first stage and civil society still has a huge role to play in influencing the final framework.

Fierce negotiations ahead

Following the High Level Panel’s report, the UN General Assembly has established a working group to develop the sustainable development framework and it will report on this in September 2014.

Clark said: “When it reports that will be, I think, the trigger for the UN member states, the 193, to start negotiating what the next goals will be. In the end member states will negotiate this agenda.

“So the UK government needs to hear from its citizens, the government of Benin, Nigeria need to hear, the government of Brazil needs to hear from its citizens. What do you want your government to be saying in these negotiations? So don’t go to sleep is my message.”

Reporting on HIV

Now is the time for community activists and citizen journalists to be scaling up advocacy and reporting on the issues that matter to them.

The UN General Assembly is holding a one-day event on 25 September 2013 to discuss gaps, weaknesses and acceleration of efforts towards the Millennium Development Goals, while also looking forward to the post-2015 development agenda.

This is another opportunity for citizen journalists to be heard by reporting on how HIV is impacting their communities and how the epidemic should be addressed in the universal health coverage goal as proposed by the High Level Panel report.

Remember, don’t go to sleep.

Visit the Alliance website to read a discussion paper on health in the post-2015 sustainable development framework.

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