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Call for Inputs: Governance & Accountability in the Post-2015 Framework

Make Your Voices Heard on the Future of Governance and Accountability Post-2015!

This call for inputs opens the opportunity for all participating organizations in the Beyond 2015 Campaign to collaborate in the framing and content of our joint position paper on governance and accountability. The individual submissions we receive from you will serve three main purposes: 1) your input will be the foundation of our official B2015 position paper for the UN-led governance consultation meeting in February; 2) will be channelled into B2015’s Strategy on developing a content position on post-2015; and 3) you can submit the same input (as your own stand-alone contribution) into the coming UN-led E-discussions on governance to run throughout the month of November this year. The latter will result in a synthesis document prepared in December by the UN agencies chairing this consultation (UNDP and OHCHR) to influence the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on post-2015, the Open-ended Working Group on the SDGs as well as circulated among member States.

How to Input?

You will find below a list of two core, deliberately broad questions which we ask you to respond to. Nestled below these core questions are a list of more specific sub-questions, which are based partly on the guiding questions proposed by UNDP/OHCHR for the E-discussion to help spark your input. Don’t feel it necessary to answer all or any of these sub-questions. In the final section you are invited to pose and answer questions not asked in this survey that you believe to be relevant to the work of the drafting team of the B2015 position paper. You do not need to answer any of these questions in the order they appear. While there is no word limit for the feedback, we would highly recommend concise and concrete submissions up to 5 pages maximum.

Please send your input to b2015governance@gmail.com by 16 November, 2012. Be sure to include your organization’s full name, country and a contact person in your submission.

I. What should be the governance building blocks for a post-2015 sustainable development framework?

A new 21st century development agenda that fulfils the rights and aspirations of all will depend on effective governance capacities and institutions across all levels (global, regional, national, and sub-national).  The following questions are an invitation to elaborate on what governance means, and how precisely it should be integrated into the new sustainable development framework. In your response, please distinguish if possible, the implications of your views at the sub-national, national, regional and global levels.

Some sub-questions do get you thinking:

How does governance fit into the broad vision that we want the whole framework to be working towards? How does it contribute to the specific purpose of the new framework? What are the general principles that should underpin our approach to governance in the post-2015 framework?

What are the main enablers and the main obstacles to accountable governance, globally and at the country level? What has been learned from the experience of the MDGs about the role of governance in development that should guide us in developing a post-2015 agenda? What should the new framework try to achieve around governance, and what should it not?

How can the multiple dimensions of governance be practically integrated into the new global development framework?  Would it be desirable or feasible, for example, to propose governance goals, targets or indicators in specific areas? If so, what kinds of goals in particular?  What criteria should used for selecting and formulating new goals, targets and indicators dealing with governance in the post-MDG framework? How can global and national governance and policy coherence be monitored, measured and reviewed through the new framework?

II. How can the post-2015 sustainable development framework be designed so that it ensures real, meaningful accountability at the country and global levels, in line with governments’ existing human rights, development and environmental commitments?

The MDGs, for various reasons, did not include any reference to how they are supposed to be achieved, and who is accountable for achieving them. Of the goals, the only one that deals directly with the responsibilities of states and international institutions, MDG 8, is devoid of any monitoring mechanisms and measurable targets. Resulting from this omission is a serious accountability gap in the current MDG framework, reflecting and at times reinforcing broader challenges to meaningful accountability at the national and global levels. As is reflected in Beyond 2015’s “must have” list, this gap must be closed in the new framework by laying out clear and strong accountability mechanisms, as well as the process for accountability at the national, regional and global levels.  The following questions are an invitation to elaborate on your experiences, and how exactly accountability should be integrated into the new framework.

Some sub-questions to get you thinking:

How does accountability fit into the broad vision that we want the whole framework to be working towards? How does it contribute to the specific purpose of the new framework? What are the general principles that should underpin our approach to accountability in the post-2015 framework?

What do you mean by accountability (e.g. by whom, to whom, on which basis)? What are the main enablers and the main obstacles to accountability in development, globally and at the country level?

What has been learned from the experience of the MDGs about the role of accountability mechanisms that should guide us in developing a post-2015 agenda? What are the best examples of accountability (on the local, national, regional or global level) that could be drawn upon in designing the post-2015 framework?

Concretely, how should accountability be incorporated into the new framework as a whole? What the general principles should underpin the whole framework and be reflected throughout its whole structure? How should accountability mechanisms be incorporated into the various new goals? What criteria should be used for selecting accountability mechanisms in the post-MDG framework?  What are the most important dimensions of accountability that should be included in such a set of criteria?

Additional Questions

Are there any other key issues regarding governance and accountability that are not covered by these questions? If so, what are the most important ones, and what are their concrete implications for the post-2015 framework?

Feel free to share with us stories and case studies from the ground which shed light on how accountable governance can and must be integrated into the post-2015 sustainable development framework.