Comments on Elements Paper for HLPF Ministerial Declaration

Comments by the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth on the “Potential Elements of Draft Ministerial Declaration for HLPF”

16th June 2016

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Framing the Declaration

The text here should assert the importance of creating coherence among the different Sustainable Development frameworks, especially for review related activities of the HLPF.

Preparations for the 2016 HLPF

In the context of the preparatory process, the resolution should further encourage Member States to engage MGoS in preparation of national level reviews.

While reiterating the role of the HLPF, the current elements paper makes reference to “implementation and action.” In order to make the declaration more robust, there should be a reference to “accountability” in terms of the preparatory process, as well as the overall purpose of the HLPF as a follow­up and review mechanism.

Theme for the 2016 HLPF and Thematic Reviews

The last line which mentions “all relevant stakeholders,” should read “all relevant stakeholders, including major groups and other stakeholders.”

SG SDG Progress Report

While taking stock of where we are, the text should “encourage the inclusion and consultation of MGoS” in the process of developing this report

National Reviews at HLPF

Should emphasize the value of and encourage governments to include MGoS in national review processes at national and global levels.

Additionally, the language should ensure that the structure and format of the national reviews also incorporates progress and reviews on other sustainable development frameworks formally linked to the HLPF­ Like the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), FInancing for Development (FfD), 10YFP for SCP, WHS Commitments (through the ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment), in collaboration with existing platforms like GPDRR.

Regional Reviews

Good Inclusion­

Means of Implementation

This section must be stronger than mere references. The declaration must recognize the centrality of MoI in ensuring the success of the 2030 Agenda and thus make

commitments around accelerating progress around specific MoI.

Multistakeholder Forum on Science Technology and Innovation

Encourage the inclusion of the findings of the forum, and urge for the forum itself to not be an end in itself, but the culmination of an ongoing cycle of intersessional meetings focusing on technology facilitation. This should be done in line with the inclusive modalities of GA Res 67/290.

Additionally, the text here should encourage greater formal engagement of the MGoS in the proceedings facilitated by the 10 member advisory group on the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM).

Science Policy Interface

The GSDR should be more frequent than quadrennial. The theme of the HLPF will change each year and the GSDR or an equivalent science based input should be released annually in sync with the respective theme of that year’s HLPF using inclusive modalities.

The current proposed language for the scope, frequency and methodology of the GSDR is a grave regression on the comprehensive and inclusive process followed thus far since its establishment. This would be a step back from the spirit and nature of the HLPF and Rio+20 in regards to inclusion and its emphasis on a robust Science Policy Interface.

Between 2013 and now we have had 3 GSDRs in 3 years with thousands of inputs from around the world including from many young scientists. We welcome this good practice.

Having only 3 more GSDRs in the next 14 years, as opposed to 3 in the first 3, is extremely ‘sub optimal’ to say the least, and an unfortunate dilution.

Member States, the UN System, and MGoS should be asked to report on their initiatives that seek to implement and enhance an SPI perspective.

Countries in Special Situations

Good inclusion.

SCP, Mainstreaming SD in UN System, Emerging Issues

It is encouraging that SCP, FfD, and SIDS have dedicated headlines. There is no reference to the Sendai Framework on DRR. The text could also possibly have a placeholder for Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda.

Involvement of MGoS

We very much welcome this section encourage the listing of the modalities granted in GA Res 67/290

Contributions of ECOSOC

This section should do more than “take note.” The work of the functional commissions and other ECOSOC bodies is critical to the success of the HLPF and for building coherence systemwide. This must be reflected in the declaration.

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