16 October 2015, 12:30-14:30
On 27 September, states will have adopted on “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, agreed in August this year. It states the international community’s determination to realize: “a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive. […] a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination […]a world in which every country enjoys sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all.”
Core part of the Agenda is the list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets. To attain those goals, the declaration contains further sections: “Means of implementation” to explore how this vision could be realized and a section on accountability – in SDG language “Follow-up and review” - to create mechanisms to verify that action is indeed taken regarding the means of implementation.
At this panel discussion we will discuss whether the document provides for sufficient tools to ensure the “mutual accountability” needed to ensure delivery of the implementation in order to realize the goals in full respect of human rights.
o What are the legal (human rights) imperatives, moral imperatives and pragmatic imperatives?
o How would the goals, targets and indicators have to be contextualized for industrially developed countries?
In a recent UNDESA paper2, José Antonio Ocampo suggests that these targets should include their support for developing countries. Equally, he calls for support to statistical capacities of developing countries. The 2030 Agenda contains such reassurances of support, but
o What kind of accountability mechanisms could very and enforce attaining these targets?
o How could a framework of “mutual accountability” look like, to avoid the weakness of former MDG 8?
o And what would be the roles of civil society and the business sector in this system?