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HLPF 2016: Solidarity, Inclusion, and Participation

The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development is the global follow-up and review platform of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was adopted on 25 September 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The HLPF adopts a Ministerial Declaration and provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow up; keeps track of progress of the SDGs; spurs coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as addresses new and emerging issues. Read our newsletter for more details on national perspectives on the HLPF from Egypt, Germany, and Madagascar, as well as a global point of view.

The HLPF was organized with the first five days consisting of interactive roundtable discussions revolving around the theme of “ensuring that no one is left behind.” The last three days made up the ministerial segment, which included two final days of National Voluntary Reviews (NVRs) and ended with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration. This year’s HLPF also showcased a range of side events, a Partnership Exchange event, and SDGs Learning, Training and Practice sessions.

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Ambrose Murangira, Uganda National Association of the Deaf, Uganda presenting at the HLPF 2016

This year’s HLPF was the first convened after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and thus provides a model for future HLPFs to come. One new aspect this year was the inclusion of a two-day session of NVRs in which 22 countries provided their reviews of national implementation (or a baseline of what will take place) of the SDGs. Persons with disabilities were included in 9 of the 22 NVRs with explicit references from Egypt, Finland, France, Madagascar, Morocco, Norway, Sierra Leone, Samoa, and Togo. Thank you!

Persons with disabilities were incredibly visible and well represented with 22 disability advocates in attendance during the eight intense days representing the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities. This incredible and successful work was led by the International Disability Alliance (IDA). Thank you for this! For details on each day, please refer to International Disability Alliance’s excellent updates.

During the HLPF, the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities gave an impressive 16 interventions in the main sessions. One of these interventions was given by Abdulmajid Makni from Morocco who delivered the first civil society intervention on behalf of all Major Groups and other Stakeholders during the national voluntary reviews from Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Switzerland in the morning of 19 July. Additionally, persons with disabilities presented as panelists in at least 9 side events on themes of education, shrinking civil society, citizen-driven data, human rights, children, leave no one behind, and inclusion in the national review process.

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Michael Herbst, Yetnebersh Nigussie, and José Maria Viera at the side event on the Contributions of Persons with Disabilities in the HLPF National Voluntary Reviews

 

Monday, 18 July was our big day with two important and particularly relevant side events concurrently taking place. One was the IDA and International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) event on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the national review processes. CBM Germany’s Michael Herbst was one of the panelists discussing the German experience. The second event was over early action to leave no one behind organized by the Netherlands, Kenya, and Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Colin Allen presented on behalf of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities and was one of only two civil society presenters in the event. The event was extremely high level with opening words by Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Ministers and government officials from many countries, including Albania, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom.

Quite positively, persons with disabilities and disability advocates from around the globe came together and collaborated as a group to promote the inclusion and rights of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the SDGs. This was a true example of solidarity, inclusion, and participation of persons with disabilities from the global South and North. Participants (in addition to those of us organizing from New York) hailed from Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Philippines, Spain, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Thank you to IDA for incredible leadership and organization in this process, we couldn’t have done it without you!

I’ll end with a line from Colin Allen’s final intervention on behalf of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities in front of a house full of Ministers right before the closing of the HLPF. Colin reminded Member States that many persons with disabilities were present and that they want to work with governments in the implementation of the SDGs. Yes!

For more information:

UN website on the HLPF

HLPF updates from International Disability Alliance

 

Upcoming Events at the UN in New York

In the next two months two important events for persons with disabilities will take place at the United Nations Headquarters: (1) the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (14-16 June) and (2) the High-level Political Forum (11-20 July). In addition, on 13 June a civil society forum will occur in the morning and a follow-up panel on the high-level meeting on disability and development (from 2013) in the afternoon. As CBM, we are quite involved in both events and will provide updates and outcomes as relevant. Please continue reading for background information and a timeline of key dates.

Conference of States Parties

Article 40 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties (COSP) in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” COSP is special in that not all human rights treaty bodies have annual meetings of their States parties to report back on what they are doing. COSP creates the important space for persons with disabilities to meet fellow States parties, to network, and to share ideas and influence.

This year’s overarching theme of COSP is “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind.” Sub-themes include:

  • Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilities
  • Promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities
  • Enhancing accessibility to information and technology and inclusive development
  • Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD

High-level Political Forum

The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development is the central platform for the global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.

The HLPF, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to start effectively delivering on its mandates to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up, keep track of progress, spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences, as well as address new and emerging issues.

The theme of this year’s HLPF is “Ensuring that no one is left behind,” being quite relevant for the rights of persons with disabilities. Click here to read the draft program. Importantly, the HLPF will have national voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the SDGs, including cross-cutting issues, supported by reviews by the ECOSOC functional commissions and other inter-governmental bodies and forums. In New York in partnership with IDA, we have been reaching out to Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) and partners in these 22 countries to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in the reporting process, to disseminate and gather information, to find good practices and gaps, and assess the situation for the coming years.

A highlight is that our IDDC and IDA blog on the 2016 HLPF theme “Ensuring that no one is left behind” is featured on the UN Sustainable Development website this week. Click here to read more.

Please continue reading for dates of upcoming events and deadlines.

Timeline

15 May Countries giving national voluntary reviews at the HLPF 2016 will release short reports

15 May Deadline to apply to have a side event at COSP

1 June Deadline for online NGO registration for COSP

1 June Deadline to register to organize a side event at the HLPF

10 June Deadline to register to attend the HLPF

13 June (morning) Civil Society Forum

13 June (afternoon) Follow-up panel on the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

14-16 June 9th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

11-20 July High-level Political Forum | Ministerial Days 18-20 July

18 July Partnership Exchange This will provide a space for dialogue among multi-stakeholder partnerships and government officials, policy makers, UN entities and major groups and other stakeholders, for showcasing the work of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting the achievement of the SDGs, ensuring that no one is left behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

 

Update and Summary of High-level Political Forum

From 26 June to 8 July 2015 the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (meaning that the Forum will have a link to this main UN organ while also keeping a distinct identity) at the UN Headquarters in New York. The HLPF met from 26 June to 8 July and the ministerial segment from 6-8 July. The theme was on “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the HLPF after 2015.” The meeting consisted of moderated roundtable discussions among governments, the UN system, international and regional intergovernmental organizations, Major Groups and Other Stakeholders and brought together nearly 1800 delegates.

HLPF Background

The Forum was created at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (known as Rio+20) to follow up on the implementation of sustainable development commitments and to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations. The Forum has particular significance as a key platform for follow-up and review of the new universal sustainable development agenda, which will be adopted by Member States in September 2015. As such, it is critical for persons with disabilities to engage with the Forum. Moreover, persons with disabilities are explicitly referenced as other stakeholders in paragraph 16 in resolution A/RES/67/290 adopted by the General Assembly on July 9, 2013 on the format and organizational aspects of the HLPF on sustainable development.

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Risna Utami at the UN

As CBM we supported Risna Utami to attend the HLPF. She is CBM’s partner and founder and the Executive Director of OHANA (a local disability rights organization in Indonesia) and Chairwoman of the Indonesian Consortium for Disability Rights. Risna presented as a lead discussant in a roundtable on behalf of persons with disabilities and ageing persons on 6 July over the theme of emerging issues in sustainable development. Risna particularly highlighted the situation of persons with disabilities and ageing persons from the global South (continue reading for more details).

On 26 June – the opening of the HLPF – International Disability and Development Consortium, International Disability Alliance, Amnesty International, Beyond 2015 Campaign, SOS Children’s Villages and World Vision hosted a side event on “Civil Society Engagement and Citizens Participation in a Sustainable Development Era.” Members States present at the side event included Canada, Sweden, Colombia, Ireland and Brazil.

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Civil Society colleagues from the HLPF side event

Vladimir Cuk of IDA presented on behalf of persons with disabilities with key points including the following:

  • This new agenda is bringing hope and it critical in strengthening the involvement of persons with disabilities at national level.
  • Unless persons with disabilities are involved from the design and planning phase of the implementation of the post-2015 framework on national level, there will be NO inclusive society created for persons with disabilities.

On 30 June ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik of Austria held an interactive dialogue with Major Groups and Other Stakeholders. Orsolya Bartha of IDA presented on behalf of persons with disabilities. Her presentation was well received because of the concrete recommendations, which include:

  • The HLPF must evolve to a true inclusive-participatory global platform for the monitoring of the new sustainable development framework and therefore must support the establishment of a coordinated, open, transparent stakeholder participation that keeps the door open to new emerging actors.
  • The Forum must build on the strengths and experiences of existing national and regional processes therefore it must ensure that the implementation of the new agenda consolidates, complements and strengthens existing commitments including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Successful reviews can be conducted by using existing reporting mechanism that can incorporate progress achieved on the post-2015 implementation. For example Member States can report on progress achieved for persons with disabilities in front of the UNCRPD Committee as well as before the HLPF.
  • In order to further review progress made towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities we recommend that during the next 15 years (until 2030) at least one thematic session of the HLPF be dedicated to persons with disabilities.
  • We would like to recommend the establishment of an ongoing thematic working group on the mainstreaming of the rights of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda. Such group would review and offer policy and technical advice to the Forum and Member States on the mainstreaming of the rights of persons with disabilities. In addition it would provide technical expertise on how NOT to create or perpetuate institutional, attitudinal, physical, legal and information and communications technology (ICT) barriers to the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities.
  • We hope that the HLPF will safeguard the participation of persons with disabilities at all levels and provide necessary political guidance to Member States to include the rights of persons with disabilities in the implementation phase of the post-2015 development agenda and ensure that persons with disabilities are lifted out of poverty and regarded as a contributing agents of an inclusive society.
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Vladimir Cuk presenting at the Ministerial opening plenary of the HLPF

On 6 July Vladimir Cuk presented at the Ministerial opening plenary of the HLPF “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: what it will take.” Vladimir was the only civil society representative in the opening plenary. A key point from Vladimir’s presentation include:

  • The inclusion of persons with disabilities will significantly contribute to the eradication of poverty. An inclusive society for all cannot be achieved without the empowerment of persons with disabilities across the globe. In order to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, the UNCRPD must serve as a foundation for the achievement of a society which values diversity, respects equality and realizes the full potential of persons with disabilities: building a better world for all.

Later in the afternoon on 6 July, Risna Utami was a lead discussant for the roundtable on “Thinking ahead: emerging issues that will matter in the future.” Risna spoke on behalf of persons with disabilities and older persons. She emphasized that as a woman with a disability from Indonesia that the inclusion of the most marginalized populations in the world in sustainable development, especially in the global South, is an emerging issue. In particular, the most disproportionately affected groups, including persons with disabilities and older persons need to be included as they are still largely left behind and excluded from development.

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Risna Utami as a lead discussant at the HLPF

Final points

 

Next steps

It will be critical to remind Member States to implement the post-2015 outcome after September. The HLPF will monitor the global follow-up and review of the future development framework. It is not yet clear exactly how this will be formulated, but the HLPF will play an important role in this process and thus the inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities is essential for an inclusive framework that indeed leaves no one behind.

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Great teamwork! Risna and me at the UN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixth round of post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations

The sixth round of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations took place during 22-25 at the UN Headquarters. Member states discussed the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Click here for the IDA-IDDC response to the outcome document.

The Zero Draft will have the following components:

  1. The follow-up and review aspect will be comprehensive.
  2. It will support countries making informed policy choices and mobilizing means of implementation and partnerships.
  3. It will be open and inclusive for all stakeholders.
  4. It will build on existing platforms and evolve over time and minimize the reporting burden.
  5. It will be rigorous and evidence based with a focus on disaggregated data, which is linked to leave no one behind.

Key points from the negotiations

  • A “final zero draft” will be produced within the next couple of weeks prior the final intergovernmental session during 27-31 July.
  • The co-facilitators foresee the post-2015 negotiations being completed by 31 July 2015 as planned.
  • The post-2015 process is different from other processes, such as the Financing for Development (FfD) negotiations and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in that the post-2015 development agenda is not a legally binding instrument, but a declaration that will state Member States’ intentions.
  • The global South called for including the report of the OWG in its entirety in the text, including the chapeau.
  • The Financing for Development outcome document is still being negotiated (tentatively to continue next Tuesday)
  • The zero draft recognizes the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) as the Apex of the follow-up and review process.

Persons with disabilities

Leave no one behind

  • Mexico called for the inclusion of all groups, especially the most marginalized and excluded in the post-2015 outcome document.
  • The United States stated that “leave no one behind” must be a core aspect of the agenda with a commitment to the most vulnerable.
  • Sweden supported the concept of leave no one behind and supported adding age throughout the document.
  • Nigeria called for the outcome document to address the overarching challenge of poverty eradication.
  • Pakistan called for the participation of civil society and other stakeholders.
  • The Netherlands would like to concretize the notion of leaving no one behind.

Responses to the zero draft

  • Member States were largely receptive to the zero draft and that it provides a good basis for the negotiations.
  • There is strong interest to change the title of the document.
  • Member States largely called to reinforce the economic aspect of the zero draft.
  • Not all Member States emphasized participation.
  • Member States would like to see an increase in the relationship between FfD and post-2015 outcome documents.
  • On the preamble and declaration, there was consensus that the Declaration should be short and accessible and highlight the transformative nature of the agenda.

Civil Society

  • Twenty-eight representatives of Major Groups and Other Stakeholders delivered statements on Wednesday including specific comments on and amendments to the zero draft.
  • A common theme expressed was that Major Groups and Other Stakeholders are not just beneficiaries of the post-2015 agenda, but also important agents of change, their participation being necessary to implement the agenda.
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A lovely group of Other Stakeholders at the UN Headquarters

Follow-up and review

  • Many Member States expressed that the follow-up and review is too prescriptive and there needs to be clarity on the interlinkages between national, regional and global follow-up and review processes.
  • There was support for a process that is voluntary, country-led, multi-level, transparent, inclusive and evidence-based.
  • There was overwhelming support for stakeholder participation in national-level follow-up and review.
  • While support was voiced for the HLPF on sustainable development as the apex of the review framework, there were different interpretations of what the global-level review would look like and the nature of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR).
  • There was also concern about the UN developing guidelines for national reports and review processes, as opposed to leaving this to governments.

Next Steps and Upcoming Events

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A day at the UN with Victor Baute (RIADIS) and Orsolya Bartha (IDA)