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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

First Drafting Session of the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development

28-30 January 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York, US

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Highlights for Friday, 30 January 2014
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On its third and final day, the first drafting session of the outcome document of the third International Conference on Financing for Development discussed synergies with the post-2015 development agenda and other issues, and monitoring, data and follow up.

The session on synergies was addressed by Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland and Co-Facilitator of the post-2015 development agenda process; and Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Donoghue listed the four elements of the post-2015 development agenda to be adopted in September: a declaration; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and indicators; MOI and a global partnership; and follow up and review. He highlighted the potential for overlap with FfD3 in two areas: the outcome on MOI and global partnership, and SDG 17 (strengthen MOI and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development).

Mohammed acknowledged FfD3 would not be a pledging conference, but noted the need for it to signal a strong political commitment towards funding for sustainable development efforts.

In the discussion, some countries supported FfD3 as the main process to discuss MOI and the global partnership for sustainable development, with no need for renegotiation at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Others noted synergies between the FfD3 and post-2015 processes, but said there are also distinct elements that need to be addressed separately. The idea of holding joint sessions between the two processes found further support.

On monitoring and follow-up, developing countries called for a follow-up mechanism for FfD3 in the form of an intergovernmental expert body, and discussed how this mechanism will be different from the post-2015 follow up process. Developed countries supported a single monitoring framework.

Wu Hongbo, Secretary-General of FfD3 and UN Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs, addressed the meeting, highlighting the importance of generating momentum through policy commitments; creating a robust monitoring and review process; and achieving a realistic and practical outcome that reflects country ownership.

The Co-Facilitators announced that a zero draft of the FfD3 outcome would be available by the end of February, and the meeting closed at 1:13pm.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of the First Drafting Session of the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development will be available at this site on Monday, February 2, 2015.
David Donoghue and Amina Mohammed
David Donoghue talking with Amina Mohammed after their remarks
Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the opening session

David Donoghue
Amb. David Donoghue, Co-Facilitator of the post-2015 development agenda process
Amina Mohammed
Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning
Geir Pedersen
Co-Facilitator Amb. Geir Pedersen, Norway
George Wilfred Talbot
Co-Facilitator Amb. George Wilfred Talbot, Guyana
Gustavo Martin Prada
Gustavo Martin Prada, European Union
Einar Gunnarsson
Einar Gunnarsson, Iceland
Tatjana von Steiger Weber
Tatjana von Steiger Weber, Switzerland
Barbara Hendrie
Barbara Hendrie, United Kingdom
Noel González Segura
Noel González Segura, Mexico
Rachele Tardi
Rachele Tardi, Light for the World
Lilian Cardoza
Lilian Cardoza, El Salvador
Louise Kantrow
Louise Kantrow, International Chamber of Commerce
Tony Pipa
Tony Pipa, United States
Tõnis Saar
Tõnis Saar, Estonia
Raymond Landveld
Raymond Landveld, Suriname, for the G-77/China
Enrique Loedel
Enrique Loedel, Uruguay
Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou
Amb. Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou, Benin, for the Least Developed Countries
Vivian Vriends
Vivian Vriends, the Netherlands
Harinder Sidhu
Harinder Sidhu, Australia
Hannes Machor
Hannes Machor, Austria
Abdallah Bachar Bong
Abdallah Bachar Bong, Chad
Narayan Dhakal
Narayan Dhakal, Nepal
Wu Hongbo
Wu Hongbo, Secretary-General of FfD3 and UN Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs
David Donoghue and Geir Pedersen
David Donoghue and Geir Pedersen chatting before the session
Amina Mohammed and George Wilfred Talbot
Amina Mohammed and George Wilfred Talbot chatting before the session
Room Shot
A view of the room from the gallery, during closing remarks
Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Anju Sharma, Tallash Kantai, Nicole de Paula Domingos, and Dan Birchall
Your Earth Negotiations Bulletin reporting team at the first drafting session, L-R: Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, writer, Nepal; Anju Sharma, team leader, India; Tallash Kantai, writer, Kenya; Nicole de Paula Domingos, writer, Brazil; Dan Birchall, digital editor, United States
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Session Resources

* Meeting Website

* Summary of the Preparatory Process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, Second round of Substantive Informal Sessions, 9–12 December 2014

* Overview of the International Conference on Financing for Development Process

* History of the Financing for Development Process

* Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing


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