Dr. McCandless is attending UNDESA Expert Group meetings on indicator framework for the post-2015 development framework this week. Over the last several years, she has been engaged with various specialist networks working to infuse peace, security, governance and justice concerns into the new framework (“goal 16”). UN discussions are presently focused around indicators, and Dr. McCandless is drawing on her two years serving on the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) / “New Deal“. Technical Working Group on Indicators in efforts to influence the process. This Indicator Working Group was mandated to develop indicators to measure the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs), and after extensive political and technical dialogue at global and national levels, produced a list of “Common Indicators” around these goals.
McCandless is representing the Civil Platform on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) – the body coordinating and supporting civil society engagement in the New IDPS process. This week she is spearheading inputs around goal 16 and wider efforts to mainstream peace/governance/justice perspectives into the overarching framework. Her current thinking (and that of CSPPS) on these issues can be found here.
She will be speaking on this topic at a stakeholder dialogue on “Measuring Goal 16: Building on Experience” involving the UN, member state representatives and civil society, on March 2, at the United Nations Quaker Office.
Dr. McCandless also sits on the UNDP experts virtual network group of experts working on goal 16.
She has also published on this topic in Global Governance journal.