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Joint Post-2015 and Financing for Development session highlights common ambition
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5 May 2015 - The joint session between the Financing for Development (FfD) and Post-2015 processes was held from 21 to 24 April 2015 at UN Headquarters. It focused on means of implementation, a global partnership for sustainable development, and the relationship between the post-2015 and FfD processes. The four co-facilitators, two from each process, were present at all meetings, to ensure coherence and to “pause and reflect on how to ensure that the outcome of Addis has the same level of ambition as the SDGs”, as Ambassador David Donoghue, who co-facilitates the post-2015 process with Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya, put it.

“It seems that there is general agreement that the success of the post-2015 development agenda will depend crucially on political will, which will have to be translated into policy and institutional changes, commitments and a strengthened global partnership,” said Ambassador Donoghue during the closing remarks at the end of the session.

On the first day of the meeting, Ambassadors George Talbot of Guyana and Geir O. Pedersen of Norway, Co-facilitators of the Financing for Development process, briefed on FfD. World Bank and IMF representatives also gave presentations on the first day, discussing, among other things, a paper on the need to move “from billions to trillions” when it comes to financing the post-2015 agenda.

The second day started with a briefing by Ambassadors Paul Seger of Switzerland and Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota of Brazil, Co-moderators of the General Assembly Structured Dialogues on possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. A background note on this issue was made available before the session. Among other things, the Co-moderators referenced the summary and recommendations by the President of the 68th session of the General Assembly on the way forward based on areas of emerging consensus in the Structured Dialogues.

Through the session it became clear that member states want the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa to match the breadth and ambition of the SDGs. Deliberations also showed that all sources of funding will need to be tapped, science, technology and innovation will need to be brought to bear, capacity development will need to be stepped up, and an enabling environment will need to be ensured.

A rich half-day interactive dialogue with Major Groups and Stakeholders was also held in the course of the sessions.