Following the completion of eight 'information sessions' on a variety of themes over the course of nearly one year, the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals has published a list of 19 “Focus Areas”, while another group commissioned by Ban Ki-moon has put out a list of possible SDG Indicators.
The OWG co-chairs (from Hungary and Kenya) write that the focus areas do not constitute a 'zero-draft' of the OWG's upcoming report, but that UN member states should use this document as a basis to identify SDGs and accompanying targets.
Fifty people from six continents representing 30 platforms and organisations gathered in Istanbul at the end of February, in a meeting convened by CIVICUS with the financial support of the United Nations, to discuss Post-2015 campaigning and explore possibilities of joint action.
CIVICUS Secretary-General Danny Sriskandarajah writes that the meetings "have the potential to transform the role of civil society in the post-2015 process".
Other participants and observers aren't so sure. They point to a lack of gender and regional balance in the room as well as an outcome document, a "meta-narrative" called The Istanbul Text, that does not include many of the key Post-2015 issues identified by GCAP, Social Watch and others.
The Istanbul document envisions a "flotilla approach" in which different organisations have their own messages but are all pointing in the same direction.
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