NEW YORK – Civil society representatives reiterated key CSO demands as leaders from around the world gather at the United Nations Headquarters today for the 70th UN General Assembly from 25-27 September.
The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) presented the following demands:
- Ensure the right to participation of people by institutionalizing the participation of CSOs in the policy formulation, implementation, review and monitoring of SDGs. Recognize CSOs as independent and rightful actors in the 2030 Agenda. The role of CSOs in the SDGs, as independent development actors, is not clearly defined in the 2030 Agenda especially in contrast with the Private Sector. References to civil society, although extensive, strictly limit our role only on the review processes. It does not recognize a need for institutionalized and formal space for CSOs in policy arenas. There is no mention of CSOs’ right to initiative in development programs.
- Fully adhere to and implement existing commitments on Aid and Development Effectiveness. Many existing aid and development effectiveness commitments of governments are ignored in the 2030 Agenda as evident in:
- regression to quantitative ODA targeting,
- acknowledgement of country ownership but not democratic ownership,
- transparency and accountability was only mentioned in relation to specific initiatives on public-private cooperation and follow-up and review processes, and,
- ommission of aid additionality as a necessary criterion in climate finance.
- Ensure the full recognition and adoption of the Human Rights Based Approach to Development as fundamental guiding principle for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Human Rights have indeed been recognised and continuously reaffirmed in numerous parts of the text of the 2030 Agenda. However, it does not advance Human Rights through the operational framework of the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to Development for the implementation of the SDGs.
- State should integrate “Inclusive Development” as a key guiding principle of the implementation of SDGs. While numerous aspects of the principle have been affirmed, Inclusive Development is not cited as a guiding principle.
- Establish a clear accountability and regulatory mechanism to hold private sector and corporate bodies accountable in all their involvement in SDGS implementation and financing thereof. The 2030 Agenda affirms its commitment to fostering a “dynamic and well-functioning business sector while protecting labour rights and environmental and health standards”. However, it has inadequate consideration of binding regulatory and accountability frameworks to ensure that private sector involvement is predicated on social and environmental accountability and aligned with international standards on business and human rights, ILO and UN conventions.
- Ensure an equitable partnership among all development actors, with due recognition of their rights and roles, in all processes of policy formulation, implementation, review and monitoring of SDGs at the local, national, regional and global levels. It is evident that although partnerships are emphasized in the Outcome Document, a meaningful and equal participation amongst its stakeholders is absent. CSOs are only evident in the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) and the review process while the Private Sector through the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) has been given a much more prominent role.
The summit marks the moment where leaders will formally adopt the 2030 sustainable development framework that will chart global development efforts in the next 15 years.
Read the French version here.
You can download the CPDE Key Recommendations here.
Download the CPDE’s response to the final outcome document here.