The last fortnight has seen a flurry of activities related to the post-2015 development agenda, while the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity has added additional activities to watch for in the coming years.
As the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda prepares to convene for its first substantive meeting, the panelists will bring the results of a number of recent dialogues and other events to set the stage for their work. The recently announced topics and locations for the Panel's first three substantive meetings are: London, UK, on household poverty; Monrovia, Liberia, on national development; and Bali, Indonesia, on global partnerships. Issues and ideas that have been raised in recent events and speeches include: an emerging consensus on the strengths (e.g. limited number of goals, simply presented) and weaknesses (e.g. lack of attention to inequality) of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); the importance of good data to set baselines and evaluate targets' progress; and the need to address whether future development goals will be universal or differentiated for different types of countries.
The first post-Rio+20 discussions at UN Headquarters on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have also taken place, with delegations weighing in on whether there should be one or two sets of goals emerging from the SDG and post-2015 development agenda processes, among other issues. A few days after this discussion, civil society organizations convened a weekend meeting to discuss the post-2015 development agenda, and identified in particular the need to ensure that the proceedings related to both the SDGs and post-2015 development agenda are transparent and inclusive.
At the same time, the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 11) concluded with 33 decisions on the strategic direction, among other topics, that the Convention should take. Among these decisions was a call for an overall substantial increase of total biodiversity-related funding for the implementation of the Strategic Plan from a variety of sources, and the resolution to achieve the following preliminary targets: double total biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015 and at least maintaining this level until 2020; endeavor for 100% but achieve at least 75% of parties having included biodiversity in their national priorities or development plans by 2015; endeavor for 100%, but achieve at least 75% of parties provided with adequate financial resources having reported domestic biodiversity expenditures and funding needs, gaps and priorities by 2015; and endeavor for 100%, but achieve at least 75% of parties provided with adequate financial resources, having prepared national financial plans for biodiversity by 2015, and 30% of those parties having assessed biodiversity values.
Next month, parties to another of the Rio Conventions, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will convene in Doha, Qatar, to discuss their own 2015-related goal. The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action has been tasked with developing a protocol, another legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention, and applicable to all Parties, no later than 2015. We will continue to monitor the roads leading out of Rio, and towards 2015.