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5th Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Follow-Up and Review)

18-22 May 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

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Dais at the opening of the 5th session of the post-2015 process: (L-R, first row) David O'Connor, Chief, UN Division for Sustainable Development; Nikhil Seth, Director, UN Division for Sustainable Development; Co-Facilitator David Donoghue, Ireland, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau, Kenya; and Ziad Mahmassani, Secretary.

2015 Time for Global Action Agenda for People and for Planet The 5th Session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda opened on 18 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The five-day session is focusing on follow-up and review.

Post-2015 Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau (Kenya) opened the meeting on Monday morning noting that only three sessions are left between now and the conclusion of the process. He called on delegates to decide how these three sessions will be handled, and expressed hope that the post-2015 process will be agreed by the end of July in order to provide enough time for Capitals to "get themselves ready" for September. He noted that "we will not be able to pick and choose which goals to implement and which goals not to" as they are inter-related, and added that the follow-up and review framework must be the point at which "we all keep on track systematically". He said the follow-up and review framework should relate to people, the planet, prosperity and partnership, and remarked that the social, economic and environmental components must not be lost. He also reminded participants of the need for "vertical" coherence between the community, national, regional and global levels, and horizontal linkages between governments, multilateral agencies, and other stakeholders, amongst others.

Co-Facilitator David Donoghue explained that a number of questions are set out in the Discussion Paper that was shared in advance of the session to facilitate the discussion on follow-up and review, and requested constructive and precise proposals as to how the follow-up and review should be structured. He stressed that this will be a voluntary framework not intended to be a burden, but rather a supportive, positive and constructive aid to Member States.

Throughout the day, participants expressed their views on follow-up and review options.

Co-Facilitator Kamau noted that Monday and Tuesday would focus on follow up and review, and Wednesday morning would be dedicated to a discussion with Major Groups and other stakeholders. He said on Thursday a discussion on targets and indicators would take place and called on delegates to conclude on this matter at the end of the week, as well as on the themes of the interactive dialogue for the September Summit. A discussion on the way forward is scheduled to take place on Friday.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web updates and a summary and analysis from the 5th Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Follow-Up and Review). Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and HTML.

Ekaterina Parrilla, Secretary of Planning, Guatemala (L) and Maria Castro, Mission of Guatemala (R).

A view of the room before the meeting started.

Participants at the closure of the morning session.

Delegates from the European Union delegation conferring.

Funding for coverage of the 5th Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Follow-Up and Review) has been provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union (EU)
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