Dialogues on Partnerships with Civil Society

Brief/ Background

Jordan was one of ten countries in the Arab region selected by the Regional UNDG (R/UNDG)in 2012 to participate in the post-2015 national consultations. Between October 2012 and May 2013 40 events were completed and the final national consultations report ‘Messages for the future we want”4,was launched on UN Day2013. As a follow up to the consultations, the “Mark a Difference” campaign to promote the “My World” survey was launched in Jordan in May 2013 and collected so far more than 40,000 votes.
In 2014 the UNCT in Jordan has been selected as one of seven countries to run the second round of post-2015 national consultations under the theme “Partnership with civil society and other actors”, along Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lesotho, Saint Lucia and Tunisia.
The process of negotiating “political partnerships” between the actors involved, including finding common purpose, building trust, and fostering constructive working relationships, will be a key aspect of this exercise and form a component of its results. The UNCT has decided to also make concerted efforts to look at aspects concerning engagement of the Private Sector, as and where relevant.
Jordan has a vibrant civil society which was extensively involved during the first phase of consultations. Relevant NGOs, Civil Society and Community Based Organizations (CBOs), women's and social movements, youth and children, persons living with disabilities, vulnerable people and minorities have been part of this dialogue.
Civil society in Jordan manifested a strong desire during the first phase of consultations to have a stronger voice and an active role in shaping the future development agenda. It is therefore imperative to drill deeper into the issues emerged during the consultations andcreate opportunities for the civil society to engage on the implementation of the future agenda.
Moreover, the increasingly dynamism of private companies can lead to beneficial cross sector partnerships, thereby contributing to achieve mid and long-term development goals.

Objectives

  • Enable civil society to contribute substantively to shaping key policies related to the implementation for the post-2015 development agenda by sponsoring open dialogues with the national government and key actors/stakeholders. Space needs to be found especially for those traditionally excluded from national policy processes.
  •  Enhance civil society influence in shaping Government of Jordan’s positions in the post-2015 intergovernmental process;
  •  Assess and strengthen mechanisms to monitor the implementation of State-civil society partnerships, promote transparency, accountability and dialogue throughout the post-2015 development agenda.
  •  Support strategic alliances among civil society networks to strengthen constituencies and amplify action on the implementation, monitoring and accountability of the future agenda.
  •  Provide momentum around the priorities that emerged in the first phase of consultations

Outputs



  • Interim and final reports outlining the main findings of the consultations, with clear recommendations and suggestions on the implementation of the future agenda at national level. This will be presented and discussed with the government as well as other relevant stakeholder (e.g. private sector and national institutions). The report will also feed into the global thematic report as well as into other global discussions.
  •  Production of thematic “think pieces” to contribute to the ongoing and future activities of all stakeholders involved in the process.
  •  Audiovisual products to inform the public on the outcomes of the consultations.
  • The whole process will be also showcased through existing platforms such as the WorldWeWant, Voices from Eurasia and UNDG newsletters

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