Stakeholder Forum recently launched a new online tool to crowdsource stakeholder proposals for global goals for the post-2015 period. The Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory provides all stakeholders with a place to outline exactly what they think new universal goals for development should look like, whether they be individuals, organisations or networks, from developed or developing countries, or representatives of NGOs, the private sector, or any other stakeholder group.
The e-Inventory aims to help stakeholders, along with governments and intergovernmental organisations, become better informed about the wide range of proposals, expectations and evidence-based arguments on SDGs and other global goals for development being proposed as part of the post-2015 development framework. The SDGs e-Inventory is also interactive, allowing stakeholders to update their submissions and provide feedback/comment on other proposals as the discussions on the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs develop;
Making a submission to the e-Inventory is not simply for stakeholders proposing detailed goals with targets and indicators, it is also open to individuals and organisations simply wanting to emphasise the principles and themes that the new framework should be based upon and address. Nevertheless, the SDGs e-Inventory also has a capacity building component to help stakeholders fill knowledge gaps around the intergovernmental process, develop their own proposals, build alliances, and develop advocacy strategies. In this respect, the project is different to the initiatives such as the My World campaign which is soliciting broad priorities from the general public post-2015. The SDGs e-Inventory is rather targeting sustainable development practitioners, providing them with the resources to develop their thinking (if necessary) and the space to outline and disseminate their experiences of, research on and recommendations for global goals.
In addition to My World, there are a number of other consultation process already under way which aim to gather stakeholder inputs for post-2015 development agenda, however the e-Inventory is one of the first (and perhaps most ambitious) projects aiming to directly source recommendations to be directly fed into the intergovernmental process on SDGs via the Rio+20 mandated Open Working Group (OWG). Whilst the modalities for the OWG are still being determined, it is ultimately this UN process that will be outlining an overall vision for SDGs that Members States will consider in the General Assembly.
Nonetheless it is important to emphasise that the SDGs e-Inventory, as a project, is itself not aiming to make prescriptive recommendations for SDGs based upon the submissions it receives. Rather, it aims to provide an evidence base to help stakeholders and governments reach well informed positions on SDGs, and see that the eventual outcome takes stakeholder recommendations into account. As well as encouraging users to utilise the information housed in the SDGs e-Inventory to support their own advocacy activities, Stakeholder Forum will use this information to conduct and disseminate regular analysis of database.
Reaching a large and diverse number of stakeholders, whilst ensuring that the most marginalised sectors of society are not excluded will be one of the main challenges the project must overcome to be successful. To do so, Stakeholder Forum is working with a number of partners from all geographical regions on the project. These partners will not only be integral to ensuring the wide dissemination and use of the SDGs e-Inventory, they will also play a key role in seeing that the capacity building resources provided can be tailored to the different needs of a wide range of stakeholders, the information it houses is of optimal use for advocacy purposes, and that the project receives strategic inputs from organisations with different focuses (both environment and development) and a full range of regional perspectives.
Overall, it is hoped that resource will improve the likelihood of achieving a SDGs framework which fully integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development (social, environmental and economic).
To find out more, search existing proposals, or make your own submission, visit www.SDGseInventory.org.