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HLPF Side Event on Integrating Three Levels of Accountability for a Robust and Effective Review Mechanism

1st July 2015, New York
The side event discussed how the review mechanism could create a synergy among three levels of accountability. It also discussed how the states could be incentivized to encourage their meaningful participation and how HLPF could use their hybrid structure to attract highest political attention for the SDGs.

Participation in Meeting with ECOSOC President on behalf of AP-RCEM

30th  June 2015, The HLPF, New York
Ajay Jha, representing BCPH, presented the statement on behalf of the Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism. The APRCEM’s main guiding force is a call for development justice, which demands five transformative shifts; redistributive justice, economic justice, social and gender justice, environmental justice and accountability to the people. The APRCEM believes that the post 2015 agenda, perhaps for the first time, offers the UN and the HLPF an opportunity to address systemic failures and meaningfully integrate economic, social and environmental objectives of the development.

State Consultation on Sustainable Development Goals and Dalits

30th May 2015, Patna
A Consultation on Sustainable Development Goals and Dalits was organized in Patna on 30th May 2015. The consultation witnessed presence of more than 50 participants across the state which includes different stakeholders like Dalit activists, leaders, academicians and civil society organizations. They were briefed about the global debate of sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable development was discussed in the context of Dalits and their issues. Concerns were expressed on the lack of Dalits issues and devoid of Dalits Human Rights in the whole Sustainable Development Goals.

Asia Pacific CSO Forum on Sustainable Development

15–20 May 2015, Bangkok
Ajay K Jha participated in the Asia Pacific CSO Forum on Sustainable Development organized by UNESCAP and APWLD. He emphasized the need for a robust review and accountability mechanism at regional level through his interventions and presentations.

Participation in 4th Negotiating Session for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

20–24 April 2015
Ajay K Jha on behalf of CECOEDECON and BCPH participated in the April session of post 2015 in New York. The statement includes the concerns on agriculture and food security. While, the focus given to small-scale farmers in Goal 2 of SDGs is reflected in the FfD zero draft, the major concern is the primacy given to private finance and treating private finance from farmers at par with institutional private finance; as both have entirely different purposes and objectives. While agriculture may be the biggest private enterprise and is likely to remain so in future, that by itself does not reduce the importance of increasing public investments and better aid in agriculture. The report of the High Level Task Force on Global Cooperation emphasizes that while 90% of the private investment in agriculture remains clustered in food and beverages processing and marketing and only 5% of the FDI in agriculture goes to LMICs and 4% to the LICs.

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