EU Communication on Post 2015 Goals and TargetsIn Policy Brief, Statement
The European Commission released a communication on 2 June 2014 setting out potential goals and targets for the Post-2015 framework. According the Commission “The post-2015 framework should also ensure a rights-based approach and address justice, equality and equity, good governance, democracy and the rule of law and address peaceful societies and freedom from violence.”
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COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
A decent life for all: from vision to collective action
Fundamental requirements of the future framework should be accountability, transparency and effective review of progress. The new framework should include actions which significantly increase the ability of people to participate in policy choices that affect them and to hold governments and other actors accountable for progress. Establishing appropriate rules and institutions will be central in this respect. Accountability also includes living up to national and international commitments on implementation, both in terms of sound policies, the effective use of financial resources, and the real and tangible improvement of people’s lives.
A new framework also provides an opportunity to develop a global mechanism endorsed and supported at the highest political level to ensure that national governments and other actors, including the private sector, are held accountable for the implementation of the framework, to review progress rigorously, to accelerate action and to press for additional actions wherever necessary. Civil society, local authorities and the private sector should play a key role in advancing action and accountability. Key to promoting transparency is the collection, publication, assessment and easy accessibility of data and information on the pace of progress made, nationally and internationally.
This implies the need for regular reviews of progress, commitments and implementation through a robust institutional framework, involving all stakeholders. This in turn requires effective data collection and analysis involving the scientific community and the national statistical authorities in the countries. To ensure that no-one is left behind, this should include collecting adequately disaggregated data.
2. Potential targets and priority areas
Human rights, the rule of law, good governance and effective institution approach
A rights based-approach, encompassing all human rights, will decisively contribute to the improvement of the quality of governance, to reducing inequality and exclusion and realizing the envisaged targets and actions of this agenda through participation, transparency and accountability. Key requirements are to strengthen participatory political systems that give people, especially marginalized and vulnerable groups, a say in policy choices and decision-making that affect them and to ensure that those responsible can be held accountable. Such as approach becomes increasingly important in an interconnected world. This will enable people to build up their lives, capitalize on economic opportunities and, hence, participate productively and peacefully in political, economic and social life. Potential target topics could be:
- Ensure free and universal civil registration and improve vital statistics systems
- Ensure freedom of expression, association, social dialogue, peaceful protest, meaningful public participation
- Ensure transparency and guarantee the public’s right of access to information, government data, independent media and the open internet.
- Adoption of the appropriate legal framework to protect the human rights of the most vulnerable groups and individuals, including refugees and internally displaced persons.
- Ensure the adoption and implementation of an appropriate legal framework and national policies to reduce corruption
- Ensure justice institutions are accessible, impartial, and independent and respect due process rights.
Human rights, the rule of law, good governance and effective institutions
Potential target topics (with illustrative examples of elements covered)
Ensure freedom of expression, association, social dialogue peaceful protest, meaningful public participation
– Could include participation in politics and decision-making, freedom of association and speech, access to public and state institutions and services and social dialogue
Ensure transparency and guarantee the public’s right of access to information, government data, independent media and the open internet
– Could include access to information and government data, freedom of media as well as the open internet