Mr. Nikhil Chandavarkar, Chief of the DESA Division for Sustainable Development Outreach and Communications Branch. Moderator: Ms. Susan Alzner, Officer ...
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Institutionalising  civil  society  in  the  Post-­‐2015  Agenda     Side  Event  during  the  May  Post-­‐2015  Intergovernmental  Negotiation  Session    

Tuesday,  19  May  2015   1:15-­‐2:30PM   Conference  Room  9,  UN  Headquarters  (Level  1b)     In  2008,  the  Accra  Agenda  for  Action   acknowledged  Civil  Society   Organisations  (CSOs)  as   development  actors  in  their  own   right,  committing  governments  and   donors  to  “work  with  CSOs  to   provide  an  enabling  environment   that  maximizes  their  contributions   to  development”  (§20c).  

Civil  society  has  played  a  critical  role  in  processes  leading  up  to  the  Post-­‐ 2015   Development   Agenda,   introducing   progressive   discourses   around   development   effectiveness,   gender   equality,   democratic   participation,   and   a  human-­‐rights  based  approach  to  development.    

In  this  regard,  it  is  important  to  recognise  that  the  road  for  civil  society  has   been   far   from   smooth,   and   problems   plague   the   pursuit   of   an   enabling   environment   for   CSOs   at   a   global   and   country   level,   not   least   the   lack   of   internal  capacity  on  the  part  of  CSOs  to  engage  meaningfully  in  the  day  to   day   affairs   of   development   cooperation.   While   gains   have   been   made   toward  institutionalising  civil  society  participation  at  the  global  level,  at  a   country   l evel,   r ecent   y ears   h ave   s een   r enewed   threats   to   CSO   autonomy,   and   restrictions   on   civil   society   in   official     policy   engagements   in   countries   both   north   and   south.   The   dialogue   will   focus   on   the   potential   for   institutionalising  CSO  participation  at  all  relevant  levels  of  governance  in  the  post-­‐2015  Agenda  -­‐  national,  regional,   and  global.    

The  dialogue  will  be  guided  by  the  following  questions:   -­‐ What   are   the   critical   elements   of   an   enabling   environment   for   cooperation   between   government   and   civil   society  on  the  post-­‐2015  development  agenda?   -­‐ What  are  the  expectations  of  government  and  of  civil  society  for  an  effective  development  cooperation?     -­‐ What   are   examples   of   well-­‐functioning   development   cooperation   between   government   and   civil   society   at   national,  regional  and  global  levels?   -­‐ What   are   the   most   important   lessons   learned   from   the   development   cooperation   and   development   effectiveness  contexts  for  implementation,  follow  up  and  review  of  the  post-­‐2015  development  agenda?     Speakers:   H.E.  Ambassador  Guillermo  Rishchynski,  Permanent  Representative  of  Canada  to  the  United  Nations   H.E.  Ambassador  Julio  Garro,  Director  General  of  Multilateral  Affairs,  Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs  of  Peru   Ms.  Tiina  Nummi-­‐Södergren,  My  Right  and  member  of  the  Swedish  delegation  to  the  UN  on  Post-­‐2015   Ms.  Maria  Theresa  Lauron,  CSO  Partnership  for  Development  Effectiveness  and  the  Asia-­‐Pacific  Regional  CSO  Engagement  Mechanism   Ms.  Barbara  Adams,  Global  Policy  Forum   Mr.  Nikhil  Chandavarkar,  Chief  of  the  DESA  Division  for  Sustainable  Development  Outreach  and  Communications  Branch    

Moderator:   Ms.  Susan  Alzner,  Officer  in  Charge,  UN  Non-­‐Governmental  Liaison  Service  (UN-­‐NGLS),  New  York  Office     Co-­‐organizers