The fourth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda opened on 21 April 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Convening as a joint meeting with the participants in the process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), the four-day session is focusing on means of implementation, the global partnership for development, and coordination between the two processes.
Post-2015 Co-Facilitator David Donoghue (Ireland) opened the meeting on Tuesday morning, explaining that this joint meeting would ensure the effectiveness and coherence of the post-2015 agenda and FfD3 outcome. He outlined two “headline adjectives” to describe their work: universality and ambition. He said this meeting will discuss how Member States are willing to support their political will with real changes in policies, institutions and resources. Post-2015 Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau (Kenya) offered delegates a “reality check” by reading them newspaper headlines about recent tragedies that were caused by inequalities among and within countries, and terrorism and violence around the world. He reminded delegates that their decisions address these issues and that they are dealing with “very real challenges and issues,” as they attempt to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet.
Explaining that that the FfD3 zero draft aspires to build a framework for financing sustainable development and provide a platform for specific deliverables, FfD3 Co-Facilitator George Talbot (Guyana) invited delegates to think about the actions that need to be taken “to make a paradigm shift.” Geir Pedersen, FfD3 Co-Facilitator (Norway), stressed the urgency of the task and reminded Member States they have only 12 weeks to finish their work before FfD3 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
During the afternoon, Mohamed Mohieldin, World Bank, discussed a paper on moving “from billions to trillions” that was jointly authored by the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and all of the regional development banks and that had been submitted to the Development Committee on 18 April. Sean Nolan, IMF, explained that contributing to the post-2015 development agenda and FfD3 are central priorities for the Fund, which has used its convening power to engage finance ministers in the processes. Member States also engaged in an interactive exchange of views, describing their thoughts on the relationship between the post-2015 and FfD3 processes.
The meeting will continue this week with discussions on the proposed technology facilitation mechanism, coherence between the two outcome documents, and contributions of Major Groups and other Stakeholders.