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Concept Note

Child sensitive accountability and the post-2015 agenda


in the context of the 5th Intergovernmental negotiations of the Post-2015 Development
Agenda to be held on 18 to 22 May, 2015.
United Nations, New York

Background

The emerging post-2015 agenda is an opportunity for the world to agree on the kind of future we want.
The decision-makers who articulate the goals and set the targets are helping to shape that future but
it is todays children and young people who will live it. They need ways to make their voices heard and
make governments and other decision makers fulfil their commitments.

During the 5th Intergovernmental meetings taking place in May 18 22 in New York, a group of
organisations 1 have come together to contribute to this meeting by producing a paper on Child
sensitive accountability and the post-2015 agenda.

Our joint collaboration amongst the various agencies has brought together a working group on Child
Rights, Social Accountability and Post-2015 2

Key messages of the paper are:

1. The success of the post-2015 agenda depends on strong, open, accessible, inclusive and
participatory accountability mechanisms at all levels that allow rights holders to make sure
governments and other decision makers fulfil their commitments.
2. Children and young people, including the most marginalized, need to be engaged in public
and social accountability mechanisms to make the agenda effective, relevant and
responsive to their needs and concerns.
3. Children and young people need clear and pre-defined ways to meaningfully
participate at all levels of all post-2015 processes, and need access to adequate
information about these ways to participate.
4. Accountability requires transparent, disaggregated, timely, user-friendly and
relevant public data on all children and young people.
5. Open, inclusive and accountable governance is critical to enabling meaningful
engagement in monitoring and accountability and should be emphasized within the post-
2015 agenda.

This side event intends to share the content of this paper as well as facilitate a dialogue on the concepts
and advocacy messages. The event will also be an opportunity for other stakeholders to share their
thinking and work that can contribute to this discussion.

1
Child to Child, Children International, ChildFund, Plan, Save the Children, SOS Childrens Villages, UNICEF and World Vision.
2
Whose coming together was initiated by a workshop on child rights and social accountability hosted by UNICEF in London in
March 2014. In addition, the group of Child Focused Agencies (CFAs) on Post 2015 started joining up on the issue of social
accountability in 2013.
Details of the side event

Date/Time: Wednesday, 20th or Thursday 21st May 2015


Venue: UNHQ Conf. Room TBC
Purpose: Facilitate a dialogue based on the position paper Child sensitive accountability and the
post-2015 agenda to be presented by the convening organisations.

Objectives (1) Present the position paper which has brought the collective thinking of a group of
child agencies together to advocate for a child sensitive accountability mechanism.
(2) Facilitate an interactive and constructive discussion on citizen-driven accountability,
particularly children.
(3) Encourage policy makers and leaders to integrate this vision into the Means of
Implementation framework.
Co-hosts: Child to Child, Children International, ChildFund, Plan International, Save the Children,
SOS Childrens Villages, UNICEF and World Vision.
Presentation of the Policy Brief: Debra Jones, Director and UN Representative for Save the Children
speaking on behalf of the group of agencies.
Panelists: Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF Director & Senior Adviser Post 2015 Development Agenda.
Member States (1/2) TBC
Equity for Children - TBC
Moderator: Chris Derksen-Hiebert, World Visions Global Public Policy Director
Format: (1) Opening remarks by Ambassador/Permanent Mission - TBC
(2) Presentation of Policy Brief
(3) Video message from Children.
(4) Panel discussion
(5) Interactive Q&As
Guests: Attendees will be representatives from Permanent Missions to the UN, representatives
of UN agencies, and civil society representatives.
UN access: UN badges are required if the event is held at the UNHQ. More details will be shared
once the venue has been confirmed.

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