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Inclusion of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) proposals in UN-ESCAP Follow Up Actions


by Nadia Gianoli, Benjamin Quiñones Jr.

UN-ESCAP has also committed to set up a CSO Engagement Mechanism to ensure that CSOs are included in the implementation of post-2015 MDGs.

The Asia Pacific Outreach Meeting on Sustainable Developement Financing (Jakarta, 10-11 June 2014) ended with 10 priority areas included by UN-ESCAP in its follow up actions. Included in the 10 priority areas are 2 proposals by civil society organizations (CSOs) - south-south cooperation in sustainable development financing, and development of capital markets for small & medium enterprises and social enterprises.

Ben Quinones presented the proposal of action research on the development of capital markets for SMEs and social enterprises. You can find the full speech below.

Although the proposal did not categorically use the term "common but differentiated responsibilities" in mobilizing capital for the development of SMEs and social enterprises, it spells out emphatically the need for partnership between the government and CSO in developing the SME/ social enterprise capital markets, and puts the burden as well on multilateral agencies such as UN-ESCAP in underwriting the costs of action research and experimentation.

UN-ESCAP has also committed to set up a CSO Engagement Mechanism to ensure that CSOs are included in the implementation of post-2015 MDGs. This commitment provides a leverage for our advocacy efforts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), hopefully offering a greater visibility in the ASEAN meeting in 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

The Jakarta meeting has opened new opportunities for cascading the advocacy of Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities (UDHResp) on a broader scale among CSOs in Asia and the Pacific.

You can read the press release from UN-ESCAP:“Unlock regional savings to finance sustainable development in Asia-Pacific, says UN”

Ben Quiñones’ Presentation at UN-ESCAP meeting

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Ben Quinones UN-ESCAP June 2014
Published on: 15 July 2014
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