August Newsletter: Post-Rio+20 processes at the opening of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly


 August 13, 2013
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Rio+20 processes at the opening of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly


The convening of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) in September 2013 represents the start of an important period for governments and stakeholders. Key events and reports regarding accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), developing the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be presented and held as apart of the General Assembly proceedings.

Furthermore, the first meeting of the new high-level political forum (HLPF) will take place, becoming the highest-level body for sustainable development in the UN System. The HLPF is touted by many as the eventual institutional home for both the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs. Therefore, ensuring that any new modalities of this body promote ever greater inclusivity of all stakeholders will be essential to ensuring the future success of the HLPF and the international sustainable development agenda.

Farooq Ullah, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
Stakeholder Forum has created a briefing paper to try and help stakeholders understand and meaningfully engage in the numerous post-Rio+20 and post-2015 related events taking place during the initial period of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly this September.

The interactive graphic provides a timeline of key milestones for three of the primary post-Rio+20 processes: the Expert Committee on a Sustainable Development Financing Strategy; the high level political forum (HLPF); and sustainable development goals (SDGs). The timeline also outlines key milestones for the post-MDG process, which, along with the SDGs form the central components of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
This collection of frequently asked questions provides brief answers to many common questions regarding the post-Rio+20 and post-2015 processes. The resource outlines the various ways stakeholders are engaged in the two process, also looking at how the two tracks currently interact and could potentially converge in the future
Stakeholder Froum’s Senior Governance Advisor, Jan-Gustav Strandenaes discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the General Assembly’s resolution on the format and organisational aspects of the high level political forum on sustainable development.
Save the dates:
The United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) in partnership with Stakeholder Forum and CIVICUS is organising two briefing days for Major Groups and other stakeholders in preparation for the high level segment of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The purpose of the briefing days is to take stock of Rio+20 progress and the role of stakeholders in the delivery of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), high level political forum (HLPF), sustainable development Finance and the voluntary commitments.
 Additional Updates
Initial stocktaking analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory is now available in Spanish and French
The initial stocking taking analysis provides a breakdown of the thematic areas that the proposals address, as well as a snapshot of the individuals and organisations that have put forward proposals on global goals.
Stakeholder Forum welcomes Ann Pfeiffer as new Finance and Administration Manager 
Ann joined the Stakeholder Forum team in July 2013. She ensures the effective functioning of the organisation’s financial and administrative systems, and oversees project contracts. Prior to joining Stakeholder Forum, Ann carried out similar roles at the Consortium on Opportunities for Volunteering, the Anglo-German Foundation, the Trades Unions Congress and most recently at Advocates for International Development.
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