Developing Global Public Participation (2)

Shaping the Sustainable Development Goals

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  • 1 Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL), Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • | 2 Utrecht University (UNIJURIS project); affiliated to Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL); Netherlands Institute of the Law of the Sea (NILOS)

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In an earlier article, we analysed the actuality and potential of participation at the international level, or more specifically: at the level of the United Nations (un). Is there a demand for public participation in the work of the United Nations, and if so, who has such demands? And how should the un meet these demands? In this article we will apply the theory presented in the first article to a case study: global public participation in the drafting process, at the un, of the Sustainable Development Goals will be examined and assessed against the findings uncovered in the first article.

  • 4

    Ibid., p. 1.

  • 19

    Ibid., p. 2.

  • 22

    Ibid., p. 6.

  • 23

    Ibid., p. 4.

  • 37

    Ibid., p. 1.

  • 55

    Chris Underwood, “London High Level Panel: Reflections”, Chris Underwood’s Blog, 03 November 2012, www.chrisunderwoodsblog.com.

  • 57

    Amy Pollard & Dominic Haslam, “Consultation or Conscription? Civil society input on the content of the post-2015 framework”, Cafod Policy Team Blog, 13 November 2012, cafodpolicy.wordpress.com.

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  • 59

    Mark Tran, “Guatemalan activist brands post-2015 Bali talks hopeless and shallow”, The Guardian, 26 March 2013, www.theguardian.com.

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  • 67

    Ibid., pp. 1–2.

  • 68

    Ibid., p. 3.

  • 72

    Ibid., p. 111.

  • 73

    Ibid., p. 6.

  • 74

    Ibid., p. 6. The un definition of ‘stakeholders’ appears to differ under public participation options.

  • 86

    As of 28 August 2013, the priority ranked 12th globally. By 2 November 2014, the priority has increased to 9th position, with 1,713,579 votes.

  • 90

    As of 2 November 2014, still is.

  • 94

    Numbers reported as of 28 August 2013. Participation has increased to 5, 159, 757 as of 2 November 2014 demonstrating further divergence; Nigeria (176,010), Chad (68).

  • 111

    Ibid., p. 3.

  • 113

    Ibid., pp. 3–6.

  • 115

    Ibid., p. 7.

  • 130

    Ibid., p. 23.

  • 131

    Ibid., p. 20.

  • 137

    United Nations in Serbia, The Serbia We Want: Post-2015 National Consultations in Serbia Annex 1: Detailed Report, p. 13, www.worldwewant2015.org [hereinafter un in Serbia, Serbia We Want].

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  • 139

    Ibid., pp. 27–38.

  • 143

    Ibid., p. 15.

  • 145

    Ibid., p. 47.

  • 147

    Ibid., p. 147.

  • 148

    Ibid., p. 148. Identified by 23 of 24 stakeholder groups in Serbia listed above.

  • 154

    Ibid., p. 329.

  • 171

    18 July 2013: 6772 comments. Ibid.

  • 178

    WorldWeWant2015, Water Thematic Consultation Report: Draft Version for Comments, p. 5 www.worldwewant2015.org [hereinafter WorldWeWant2015, Water Consultation Report].

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  • 192

    Sonia Preisser, “Youth Perspectives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, World Federation Of United Nations Associations, www.wfuna.org.

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  • 205

    Ibid., p. 14.

  • 206

    Ibid., p. 38.

  • 207

    Ibid., p. 81.

  • 208

    Ibid., p. 23. Additionally other processes, such as unsdsn, are expected to be contacted and share the results. un-Water has been working on a draft sdg related to water: Development of a Sustainable Development Goal for Water: un-Water’s Role and wwap, unesco, 30 April 2013, www.unesco.org.

  • 213

    Established 22nd January 2013, decision 67/555. un General Assembly, Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals, 15 January 2013, a/67/l.48/Rev. 1.

  • 215

    Felix Dodds, “The Path to Sustainable Development Goals”, Earthsummit2012 Blog, 22 April 2013, earthsummit2012.blogspot.nl.

  • 218

    16th October 2012. Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals – A Special Event of the Second Committee of the un General Assembly, un Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, sustainabledevelopment.un.org.

  • 223

    Ibid., p. 1, Para. 3.

  • 224

    Ibid., p. 15, Para. 63.

  • 225

    Ibid., p. 16, Para. 67.

  • 228

    Ibid., p. 16, Para. 68.

  • 229

    Ibid., p. 16, Para. 64.

  • 230

    Session 1; 6–12 March 2013. Session 2; 5th April 2013. iisd Reporting Services, “Summary of the Second Session of the un General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals: 17–19 April 2013”, Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Vol. 32 No. 2, April 2013, p. 3.

  • 234

    Ibid., p 1. Eight un system representatives were asked to submit statements online after not having opportunities to present statements.

  • 249

    Ibid., p. 8.

  • 250

    Ibid., p. 7.

  • 251

    Ibid., p. 8.

  • 255

    Ibid., p 1.

  • 277

    Duncan Green, “Panels of the Poor: What would poor people do if they were in charge of the post-2015 process?”, From Poverty To Power, www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/.

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  • 278

    Editorial, “International Development: Big Questions, Small Answers”, The Guardian, 20 January 2013, www.theguardian.com.

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