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NEWSLETTER October 2014
POST-2015 AS GAME CHANGER - PERSPECTIVES AND INDICATORS
GVI CONVERSATION SERIES ON POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT
WE ARE ASKING: "Do you think the post-2015 mechanisms for multi-stakeholder engagement will usher in new modes of inclusive global governance?
" Will the focus on global partnership mean more equitable and meaningful collaboration on development goals?"
"Will development be truly holistic or will economic concerns prevail? What would compel change?"
We interviewed officials from the Cameroon government in-country and from the Office of the UN Secretary-General in NY, as well as an academic from the University of Brighton, and share their perspectives below, along with those from members of the GVI community. The conversation continues on the GVI blog, newsletter and all social media through November - join us!
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
Interview with Mr. Gerald Pachoud, Principal Officer in the Strategic Planning Unit
GVI: Do you think mechanisms for multi-stakeholder engagement in forging the Post-2015 agenda will usher in new ongoing modes of inclusive governance?
Mr. Pachoud: Of course, they have been extremely useful and it is probably fair to say they have fulfilled their mission. More broadly speaking, multistakehodlers engagement through specific initiatives is a very interesting and probably a very central element to deliver on the Post2015 agenda; this is why the Secretary General promoted the creation of a UN partnership facility two years ago. We need to develop capacity to mobilize these energies. The idea is to have better coordinated UN efforts, among the UN system, to further the understanding of good lessons learned and to benefit from an overview of what is going on in the space of partnerships involving the UN . We have partners, we have mobilization, but we do not always have the most efficient set-up and we do not act on it in a systematic manner. Every time a partner joins we usually have to start from scratch, so the idea is to strengthen and make more efficient our partnership models to, in turn, deliver on our mandates more efficiently.
GVI: If we compared what happened in 2000 with the adoption of the MDGs, the UN has achieved much more. This means the inclusion of a wide range of partners and actors. Do you believe the Post-2015 process has been a more open one, a more democratic one? Will the focus on global partnership mean more equitable and meaningful collaboration on development goals among developed and developing countries?
Mr. Pachoud: This has definitely been a more inclusive process. This will be a political decision taken by Member States, but that decision has been informed by an unprecedented level of consultation. The Climate Summit has shown that these forces are being mobilized and bring value and new energy. We are expecting that the specific goals that come up, the quality of the decisions as well as the information fully reflects that inclusiveness. They must fulfill the energy that actors have put into it.
GVI: How does the UN plan to use all of those consultation mechanisms (such as MY WORLD, etc.) that shaped the Post-2015 Development Agenda in the follow-up mechanisms or implementation of the SDGs?
Mr. Pachoud: Communication and engagement is as good as it has ever been before and we should use it to engage and include as many voices as possible. It is easier, cheaper, broader, so we have to, and the UN has to, capitalize on those new technologies.
Mrs Tamssam Florence, Regional Delegate for the Woman and the Family, Douala - Cameroon
...We are really lacking in terms of communication. We still rely on traditional media, which most people use today in our communities. However, the world is changing, and we need to get this information about the importance of the woman and the family to the world. Sadly, most of our own women and their families don't have access to new media facilities. In fact, 80% of them are ignorant of the power of online media...
...It is my prayer that the Post (2015) Development plan emerges to fill the loopholes... We should not only focus on politics and other aspects and neglect our families. The plan should aim at progressing the digital industry and grant access to the public so that they could be more exposed to online media.
Comments from the GVI community: What new skills do we need for integrated development
" Expertise in the following fields is essential for developing and
transforming cultural systems: Cultural Psychology, Organizational
Development, Cultural Evolution, Social
Science, Complexity Theory, Cognitive
Linguistics, Social Engineering, Design Thinking, Frame Analysis, Innovation Strategy, Measurement Architecture, Change Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Communication Strategy,Predictive Modeling, Leadership Development, Process & Workflow Auditing"
"Most of the (post-2015) discourse is still centred on deciding whether goal A is more important than goal B: 'Would you rather feed your children, educate them, cure them of malaria, protect them from rape, or mitigate climate change so they can survive to adulthood?' Despite knowing in our hearts that these issues are all complex, messy and profoundly interconnected, we still persist in treating them as separate and attempting to rank them in order of priority. An Integral Sustainable Design lens can help us to recognise the common roots of many global problems: outdated systems, egocentric values, feelings of apathy and despair, and destructive or unproductive human actions."
Bringing the “Missing Pillar” into Sustainable Development Goals: Towards Intersubjective Values-Based Indicators -
G. Burford, E. Hoover, I. Velasco, S. Janouskova, A. Jimenez, G. Piggot, D. Podger and M.K. Harder
Abstract: This paper argues that the need for a core “fourth pillar” of sustainability/sustainable development, as demanded in multiple arenas, can no longer be ignored on the grounds of intangibility. Different approaches to this vital but missing pillar (cultural-aesthetic, religious-spiritual, and political-institutional) find common ground in the area of ethical values. While values and aspects based on them are widely assumed to be intangible and immeasurable, we illustrate that it is possible to operationalize them in terms of measurable indicators when they are intersubjectively conceptualized within clearly defined practical contexts. The processes require contextual localization of items, which can nonetheless fit into a generalizable framework. This allows useful measurements to be made, and removes barriers to studying, tracking, comparing, evaluating and correlating values-related dimensions of sustainability. It is advocated that those involved in operationalizing sustainability (especially in the context of creating post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals), should explore the potential for developing indicators to capture some of its less tangible aspects, especially those concerned with ethical values.
We share our videointerview with Ms. Gemma Burford below. She is co-author of the above article, and Research Fellow of the Values and Sustainability Research Group at the University of Brighton. In the interview, we learn about practical application of the proposed approach for project design and evaluation.