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June 1, 2013

Joint Civil Society Statement on UN High Level Panel Report on Post 2015 and  
Recommendations for TICAD V

We the Civil Society Organizations from Africa and Japan gathering in Yokohama on the occasion of TICAD V welcome the launch of the long-awaited report by the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and call on TICAD to capture this opportunity and bring the discussion forward by maintaining its strengths with those of the AU Common Position, and addressing the remaining gaps.

Overall, the report includes many of the issues and principles that civil society regards as critical in enabling the poorest people to escape from poverty. However, we are concerned that the current languages used in defining the goals do not reflect some of the previously made commitments and key challenges facing the world today. TICAD this week could bring important perspectives to it by, for example, calling for the framework to be founded on internationally agreed human rights standards, committing to universal access to high quality essential services and a dramatic change in the way the wealthiest members of all countries engage with the society. Moreover, it must be stressed that the credibility of an imminent new framework lies in the actions that governments north and south take now towards the deadline of the current Millennium Development Goals.

We ask that TICAD endorse the following elements of the report:
●The recommendation of "zero goals" and "global minimum standards" on extreme poverty, gender discrimination, essential services and hunger.
●The recommendation to only consider a target reached if it is achieved within all key economic and social groups.
●A standalone goal on gender equality and women's empowerment.
●The recognition that the challenge of climate change underpins all others; in particular the mainstreaming of emission reduction in other areas to keep the global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
●The centrality of hunger as a key challenge and the recommendation to support small scale farmers.
●The integration of different forms of inequalities, sustainability, accountability and conflict - key development challenges omitted from the current MDGs.
●Targets on tax and domestic resource mobilization.

TICAD should propose to the future UN process on post 2015 the followings:
●Explicit linking to the framework on internationally agreed human rights standards.
●Reduction of extreme income inequality within and between countries. It is civil society's growing consensus that such inequality causes inequitable financial burden for public goods, and threatens to undermine social cohesion, political stability, and longer-term growth prospect.
●Stronger commitment to achieving universal access to quality essential services like health and education - both fundamental human rights as well as necessary prerequisites of inclusive and equitable development.
●Set the previous levels of ambition and comprehensiveness as the floor in setting the new targets, for example as was the case in the current health-related MDGs including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
●Stronger commitment to improving corporate transparency as well as regulating private sector investments to maximise their development effectiveness while curbing the harm.
●Effective targets on climate adaptation for poor countries as well as a roadmap of emissions reduction in rich countries.

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1 For example, Goal 4e"Reduce the burden of disease from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases and priority non-communicable diseases"

PRESS RELEASE Joint Civil Society Statement on UN High Level Panel Report on Post 2015 and Recommendations for TICAD V(PDF:146KB)

Signatories
African Center for Asian Studies
Civic Commission of Africa (CCfA)
Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)
North Africa Forum for Development and Human Security
Oxfam Japan
Save the Children Japan
Ugoku/Ugokasu (Global Call to Action against Poverty Japan)

For more information, please contact: Takumo Yamada, Advocacy Manager, Oxfam Japan
takumo@oxfam.jp, +81-(0)80-3155-7017
Yumiko Horie, Advocacy Manager, Save the Children Japan
horie@savechildren.or.jp, +81-(0)80-3522-8654

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