The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations.
UN-NGLS has just released Issue #4 of the 2015 Post, our monthly interactive e-magazine on the post-2015 development agenda. The February issue includes updates on OWG on SDGs, the ICESDF, and the PGA events; perspectives from civil society and UN staff; opportunities to participate in upcoming processes; and an expanded list of upcoming post-2015 events.
Bernedette Muthien of Engender, a Cape Town, South Africa based NGO, reflects upon the the linkages between ending sexual and gender-based violence and universal value systems of compassion and justice. Delivered around the OWG on SDGs’ discussion on gender equality and women’s human rights, Bernedette’s piece calls on the United Nations to “hold up its noble foundations” towards a more compassionate and just world, free from discrimination and violence.
The regional outreach meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) was held on 14-15 January in Santiago, Chile, at the headquarters of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The meeting, organized and hosted by ECLAC, brought together ICESDF expert members, governments, academics, civil society, and private sector representatives from the region.
After the meeting of the OWG on SDGs that addressed “Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment” and in the lead-up to the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN-NGLS interviewed Saraswathi Menon, Director of the Policy Division at UN Women.
On 18-19 February, the President of the General Assembly hosted a Thematic Debate on Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy. Several civil society organizations advocated during this debate for a rights-based approach to delivering these essential services equitably and safely. This event was the first of six events that the GA President will host on topics related to the post-2015 development agenda.