I would like to follow on Vinicius email on the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group (OWG). Having followed the year and a half long process and the final intensive negotiations, the fact that the group managed to agree on a set of goals and targets, in spite of many disagreements and sensitive issues, is already an achievement.
I would like to make a few comments on some of the goals and targets based on the findings of a recent participatory research project on sustainable development, which reached over 2,000 people worldwide, the majority living in poverty carried out by the International Movement ATD Fourth World.
The Open Working Group made civil society engagement a real priority in their work. Taking advantage of new technologies, the UN system was able to hold constant consultation and through certain initiatives was able to reach a significant number of people living in poverty. These participatory initiatives should be further developed so that, eventually, the most marginalized will be permanently engaged in policy-making processes at all levels. This possibility is reflected in the emphasis on Civil Society engagement in the Open Working Group’s ‘chapeau’ and under Goal 17 on Means of Implementation.
Let's hope that this spirit of openness will be kept all along the remaining negotiations of the Post 2015 agenda.
To access the participatory report: http://www.atd-fourthworld.org/IMG/pdf/Challenge_2015_-_ATD_Fourth_World.pdf
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