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The 2030 Agenda is agreed: What is your first reaction?

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Dear friends and colleagues,

As most of you will know, the countries have now agreed on the final text for the new agenda: Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

First of all, thank you and congratulations to all of you who have worked so hard over the past years for an ambitious and transformative agenda.

Second, we are curious to hear your thoughts and feelings about the final text. Is it ambitious enough? Does it cover the key challenges we face? Does it succeed in bringing people and planet to the center? What is good and what is missing?

Please share your thoughts below!

UPDATE! Here is the final version of 'Transforming our World Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development': https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7891Transforming%20Our%20World.pdf

TY

Takumo Yamada Tue 4 Aug 2015 5:05PM

Hanna and all

The text you put the link to is not exactly the finally adopted version - there were a couple of further changes made.

I think the UN is too tired to put the final version up.
We will see when they will.

Our reaction to the outcome document is:
Broadly welcome - hope this will guide policies of all governments going forward, but for that to happen, we need to press governments to truly integrate the SDGs in their national strategies and plans, finance them and protect civil society space.

Also, the agenda will not achieve much unless coupled with efforts - or political struggle rather - to reduce extreme economic inequality that corrodes our societies, politically, economically, socially and environmentally.

The leave no one behind mantra is great and necessary, but it is only half the picture. We would have liked to see a post 2015 agenda that focused on both extreme wealth and extreme poverty as two concurrent symptoms of one dysfunctional society, through the lens of extreme inequality of power, wealth and resources.

People are pondering how to "communicate" the agenda to the general public. I think a way to do it is to make the agenda relevant to the public consciousness around "the 1% and the rest of us".

Takumo Yamada
Oxfam

C

Coordinator Wed 5 Aug 2015 7:55AM

Dear @takumoyamada thanks for highlighting that this text is not the final version. Does anyone have the final version? If so, please share it here.

I also agree with you on the need to put pressure on governments to integrate SDGs in their national strategies. One important task at hand is to make sure that ambitious national implementation plans are developed and that civil society are included as a partner in this process in all countries.

If anyone has already started this work in your national context, please share your experiences with the rest of us.

we need to press governments to truly integrate the SDGs in their national strategies and plans, finance them and protect civil society space.

TY

Takumo Yamada Wed 5 Aug 2015 2:39PM

Hanna

As of now the final version has not been put on the UN website.

The last I heard was that they were finalising it, reflecting the last minute changes and also probably working on the indents and all those details to make it look perfect.

Or they are just completely knackered and gone on holidays!

Takumo

KD

Kholisile Dingiswayo Thu 6 Aug 2015 10:20AM

Thanks Hanna and Takumo for enlightening us on these important issues. As new members we are very keen to learn the ropes from you guys. In the meantime, and while the version availed by Hanna is still the only one at our disposal we will study the same and acquaint ourselves with its contents.

DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Fri 7 Aug 2015 9:54AM

I do not wait for the adoption time in september before making awareness about the SDGs. On May 16, 2015 we invited Government members to the international day for citizen engagement for the sustainable development goals.We, already, begun the lobbying toward diplomatic information to the Head of state and Government, to Ministers in order to prepare them to accept the sustainable development agenda after september and integrate it in theirs policies.
The results of this actions are that the Government programme approved by Deputy Assembly is " Priority to inclusion, reforms and Togo diplomatic positions in the world" Togo-press No 9567 june 30, 2015.

DK

David Kirshbaum Fri 7 Aug 2015 2:01PM

Greetings Everyone: your efforts and words are truly inspiring and thought-provoking.

Thus I see 3 areas where we need to develop strategies and action plans:

  1. With governments - to encourage them and work with them on implementing the SDGs they agreed to.

  2. With the public - to educate them about the SDGs to inspire them to get involved. This includes NGOs not yet involved with the UN system but whom are working on the issues covered by the SDGs.

  3. Civil Society - we need to organize ourselves to maximize our effectiveness - with our outreach to the above target audiences, with the issues we are concerned about, and with our working together to reach shared goals.

A book could be written on each of these topics. So let's begin. Here are some initial thoughts on each one.

  1. Governments - begin a dialog about best practices for what works best when working with the governments. also begin building coalitions and partnerships within the countries structured in such a way as to match the breakdown of the goals themselves. Become familiar with the funding options for the goals because this is of major concern to the governments.

  2. Public - develop outreach partnernships focused on different segments of the public and different issues covered by the goals. Include in the partnerships DPI-NGOs who are focused on talking to the pubic about the UN. Partner with communications experts.

  3. Civil Society - develop an inclusive structure for all of civil society. Organize according to goals as well as regions. Maximize communications between us within the context of this organization. Focus on developing action plans along these lines. Look at ways to accomplish this without reinventing the wheel.

These are just a few ideas. What do you all think?

DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Fri 7 Aug 2015 4:33PM

  • Build Govenment confidence , Know well the SDGs and it's targets and convaince government autorities to integret them into its policies.. Lobbing to Governments, traditional and religious autorities.
  • Public: Develope citizens engagement for the SDGs with public awareness, meetings, conferences, forums, education.

  • Civil Society: Collaborate with experts, create Civil Society network for each goal, if necessary, with inclusive polices at national level and local level.

DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Fri 7 Aug 2015 4:49PM

  • So, for goverment, traditional, religious autority strategies plan are the lobbyings,
  • Public strategies plan are: raise public awareness, meetings, conferenes, forums and education
  • Civil society strategy plan: CSO network (national or international), solidarity, transparency, accountability, hierrachie respect, finance mobilisation, mutual confidence. Create an entity for civil society problem resolution.
DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:02PM

I forget, CSO must work with medias

DK

David Kirshbaum Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:06PM

Civil Society: let's not reinvent the wheel - let's utilize the 9 Major Groups structure to maintain communications amongst the Major Stakeholders, and let's utilize the NGO Major Group to organize civil society in.

DK

David Kirshbaum Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:08PM

Public Outreach: again let's not reinvent the wheel, but coordinate with DPI-NGO, which already has so many outreach systems set up to reach out to the public and NGOs not yet involved with the UN system to get involved. We can then add onto their systems others we might be in contact with to improve what DPI-NGO has.

DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:21PM

You know, CIVICUS and the HLPF are responsible to the follow up, monitoring of the SDGs like indicate the Final Tranformation our world document. So they have the first responsbility to organize the World CSOs for the SDGs implementation worldwide But they would cooperate with DPI-NGO or the 9 Major Groups structure.

DK

David Kirshbaum Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:35PM

Exactly - but when you say "organize the World CSOs for the SDG implementation worldwide" - where and how are they organizing them? My suggestion is that civil society join together and encourage the continuation of the 9 Major Groups beyond Sept. and even March as a way to maintain Major Stakeholders communications and even cooperation, and that we organize ourselves (Civil Society) in turn within the NGO Major Group as a structure that is already set up for that purpose. And then those are structures that DPI-NGO can interact with in an organized and efficient way. I know that Jeffery Huffines of Civicus is struggling to organize the NGO Major Group to make it more efficient for Civil society to use for purposes like that.

DK

David Kirshbaum Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:40PM

I am suggesting that we combine this effort headed by Hanna and Mwangi of Civicus with what Jeffery (also of Civicus) is doing with the NGO Major Group. And then from the NGO Major Group we then reach out to DPI-NGO to work together on public outreach, as well as to the other Major Stakeholders organized amongst the other 8 Major Groups to work together on monitoring the implementation of the SDGs. The reason this works also is that HLPF and Civicus want to involve civil society in these various processes - I am thinking that this could be done within the 9 Major Group structure, which of course we would improve where needed along the way.

DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:41PM

OK, go on.
I want to add the CSOs trainings. This aspect is crucial for youth.

DK

David Kirshbaum Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:49PM

Ok. Absolutely I agree with you Dosse Sossouga - the CSO trainings including for youth is extremely important !!!! Let's reach out to Jeffery about this effort. Hanna and Mwangi - should we set up a meeting with Jeffery to combine this effort with what he is trying to do with the NGO Major Group? He knows the whole Major Group structure very well so he would know how to utilize the channels of communications with the other Major Stakeholders spread amongst the other 8 Major Groups, and how to include reaching out the member-nations, as well as how to reach out to DPI-NGO, since he is also heavily involved in the leadership of DPI-NGO. Let's get this moving !! What do you think, Hanna and Mwangi?

DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:51PM

Let CIVICUS and the HLPF planning the inclusiveness of the CSOs at global, regional, national and local level. I think that every CSO will fine its place. Let move, in solidarity, to achieve what we begun many years ago. I mean the SDGs for the better world we want..

DK

David Kirshbaum Fri 7 Aug 2015 5:56PM

Beautifully said, Dosse Sossouga !! I agree the key is for all of us to work together !! I am now waiting to hear from Hanna and Mwangi about reaching out to Jeffery, or if there is any problem combining the two efforts that we don't know about. I think this is important because we are then working with systems already set up to making them work even better, instead of adding on even more bureaucracy and just making it more complex and thus probably more cumbersome.

AI

AUPD International Fri 7 Aug 2015 10:12PM

I sincerely agree with you David, that we don't reinvent the wheel, though there are still a lot to do from the grassroot.
I think Dosse has taken a very good leap ahead of the time of adoption to create awareness in his country.
I think it is necessary to copy from each other what we have done that worked to make sure we gradually come up with a uniform aproach. Creating a lobby to enable our government adopt and ratify it is one step, once ratified, creating awareness amongst those directly concerned is another, having a focal point in every area concerned from the grassroot is another step to help know the level of progress.
To make sure we don't just talk too much but go straight to being practical, I will appreciate to read more from those who are already ahead of plans to know what they have done and see how other countries could follow suit.

C

Coordinator Mon 10 Aug 2015 10:23AM

@dossesossouga very impressive and interesting to read about the conversations you have already been having in your national context in Togo. The work at the national level is key in the implementation process. It is inspiring to learn about the actions at the national level that are already initiated by civil society colleagues. Let's keep sharing our work so we can learn from each other going forward.

C

Coordinator Mon 10 Aug 2015 10:55AM

  • How can we together turn the 2030 Agenda into reality?
  • What steps must be taken to get there?
  • What will be OUR role as a global citizens and civil society?
  • How can we support the work at the national level?
DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Mon 10 Aug 2015 1:00PM

Before we reach the 2030 goals, we, civil societies must accept to be together. But I know that CSOs like work in single way because they think that they are the owner or expert in their areas of expertise. Sometimes they are managed by politics. So, they are CSO in the day and politic in the night. CSO must accept to be very engaged to civil society network. So we can go together without fearing.We must support each other. We must respect each other and the hierarchy.
You know, if CSO are not solid, the ennemy will profit. So we must be clever. We must follow the rules of procedures which can be plan by the HLPF and CIVICUS.
- First step :As a global citizen and CSO, you should identify and nominate competent national CSO representatives, after consultation, to carry national affairs, copy to the government for publication, to ECOSOC and to the national UNDP for consideration. You should nominate some our yours for the global coordination and give power to regional level to do so and national representaives nominated to coordinate local level.
- 2 step: hierarchy (global, regional, national and local) to be clear for everyone.
- 3 step: rules of procedures
- 4 step: financing
- 5 step: Salary range without discrimination
- 6 step: universal templete :
e.g. from oct (1-30) awareness raising, Nov (1-31) data revolution,Dec (1-15) data compilation at regional level, Dec.(16- 25) data compilation at global level, Dec (26-27) meeting with ECOSOC, Dec. (28-31) Meeting with SG.
Rapport must follow this hierarchy: local to national, national to regional and regional to global.
Do not forget to be inclusive: Major groups and DPI-NGO entity to be considerated.
National level support is the key because there are many problems to solve there. e.g.:CSOs trainings, their engagement to work together at national level, Transparency, anti-corruption, politics involvement in SCO spaces, persecution, prison, exiled etc..
You have to create an alert number or email for your information about each case detailled by representatives. A conflits resolution entity must also be created at local level, national level, regional level and global level for litigation affairs.
Thank you Hanna

CI

Claude Iluta Tue 11 Aug 2015 8:51AM

Dear All,

I write you in french:

Les représentants de la société civile de la RD.CONGO travaillent pour
une cause juste.

Certains travaillent avec la politique à cause de leur soif de
l'argent; mais certains pas.

Il faut reconnaitre aussi que la société civile africaine a un
problème des moyens financiers pour sa bonne marche.
Nous devons nous soutenir mutuellement pour y arriver. Il faudrait
envisager des cotisations ou des financements à rechercher pour mener
à bien nos activités;

Nous prenons acte du plan de Hanna et restons prêts pour le travail.

In English( google translate)

Representatives of civil society RD.CONGO work for a just cause.

Some work with because of their lust for money policy; but some not.

We must also recognize that African civil society has a problem of
financial resources for its proper functioning.
We must support each other to get there. Consideration should be given
contributions or to seek funding to carry out our activities;

We note Hanna plan and remain ready for work.

Claude ILUTA

2015-08-10 15:00 UTC+02:00, DOSSE SOSSOUGA (Loomio) :

Before we reach the 2030 goals, we, civil societies must accept to be
together. But I know that CSOs like work in single way because they think
that they are the owner or expert in their areas of expertise. Sometimes
they are managed by politics. So, they are CSO in the day and politic in the
night. CSO must accept to be very engaged to civil society network. So we
can go together without fearing.We must support each other. We must respect
each other and the hierarchy.
You know, if CSO are not solid, the ennemy will profit. So we must be
clever. We must follow the rules of procedures which can be plan by the HLPF
and CIVICUS.
- First step :As a global citizen and CSO, you should identify and nominate
competent national CSO representatives, after consultation, to carry
national affairs, copy to the government for publication, to ECOSOC and to
the national UNDP for consideration. You should nominate some our yours for
the global coordination and give power to regional level to do so and
national representaives nominated to coordinate local level.
- 2 step: hierarchy (global, regional, national and local) to be clear for
everyone.
- 3 step: rules of procedures
- 4 step: financing
- 5 step: Salary range without discrimination
- 6 step: universal templete :
e.g. from oct (1-30) awareness raising, Nov (1-31) data revolution,Dec
(1-15) data compilation at regional level, Dec.(16- 25) data compilation at
global level, Dec (26-27) meeting with ECOSOC, Dec. (28-31) Meeting with
SG.
Rapport must follow this hierarchy: local to national, national to regional
and regional to global.
Do not forget to be inclusive: Major groups and DPI-NGO entity to be
considerated.
National level support is the key because there are many problems to solve
there. e.g.:CSOs trainings, their engagement to work together at national
level, Transparency, anti-corruption, politics involvement in SCO spaces,
persecution, prison, exiled etc..
You have to create an alert number or email for your information about each
case detailled by representatives. A conflits resolution entity must also be
created at local level, national level, regional level and global level for
litigation affairs.
Thank you Hanna

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Bruce Preville Mon 24 Aug 2015 8:18PM

From Seth Godin:
Sooner or later, the ones who told you that this isn't the way it's done, the ones who found time to sneer, they will find someone else to hassle.

Sooner or later, they stop pointing out how much hubris you've got, how you're not entitled to make a new thing, how you will certainly come to regret your choices.

Sooner or later, your work speaks for itself.

Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you're more patient than they are.

DK

David Kirshbaum Wed 26 Aug 2015 2:49AM

Greetings Everyone !!! I believe Dosse has laid out an excellent step-by-step plan for bringing our ideas and ideals into reality. But I believe that these steps need a formal bureaucratic structure to take place in to provide continuity, facilitate communications, to provide archives for past communications and documentation, to regulate the flow of monies, to provide shared means and tools for communications, record keeping, and taking action, etc., etc., are the many important ways that a formal structure would support our efforts. I am very impressed with the 9 Major Groups, including the NGO Major Group, created by General Assembly resolution just for this purpose (to facilitate the creation of the SDGs). This is a structure already set up and which is looking for a way to move forward beyond this process as it draws to a close (except for the monitoring of the SDG indicators, which must be ongoing). I suggest we discuss merging with that program for the purposes of accomplishing our goals as well as the most worthy goals they have of perpetuating the unprecedented openness, inclusiveness and transparency which has distinguished this amazing Post-2015 Development Agenda, which they were created for originally.

DL

Dorothy Lucks Wed 26 Aug 2015 3:09AM

Hi David, that sounds very sensible and the most appropriate way to ensure that the NGO voices continue to be heard in the process. More dynamic and informal processes can occur in parallel to ensure broad and open discussion at the same time.

DK

David Kirshbaum Wed 26 Aug 2015 3:32AM

I agree completely, Dorothy.

So, everyone should we talk about approaching Jeffery Huffines, who is one of two of the head leadership of NGO Major Group about how to join forces? Does anyone have any reservations about this or other ideas? What do you think, Hanna?

IOO

Islamiat olaitan oshodi Wed 26 Aug 2015 7:58AM

This is a noble idea that will surely assist and promote the work of NGO globally and make their voices heard

DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Wed 26 Aug 2015 10:37AM

I thanks David K. Dorothy and Islamiat for there supports.

BP

Bruce Preville Thu 27 Aug 2015 3:54AM

I think that David is describing a truly actionable idea. Let's explore how we might bring this about and the intentions to be fulfilled by doing it.

C

Coordinator Mon 31 Aug 2015 9:03AM

@davidkirshbaum thanks for your ideas on connecting this work to the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders. Jeffrey Huffines, one of the organising partners of the NGO Major Groups is a colleauge of mine at CIVICUS. I am happy to put you in contact with him. Could you please send me your email?

DS

DOSSE SOSSOUGA Wed 2 Sep 2015 2:49PM

Mrs Hanna, this are some re'sults of NGO: ADET work in Togo.

AH

Arslan Hyder Wed 2 Sep 2015 3:56PM

This is a just cause.
Every one have to contribute according to his capacity.

SHR

Siamul Huq Rabbany Sat 5 Sep 2015 1:59AM

This document covers all the challenges the world is facing these days. This is ambitious, true, but it has to be ambitious. I liked that the document is broad enough and not narrowly focusing on things. I liked it.

DK

David Kirshbaum Mon 7 Sep 2015 7:30PM

Hi Hanna;

Thanks for offering to connect me to Jeffery Huffines, but I aleady have both his emails.

Sincerely,

David

Nonviolence International