UN-NGLS interviews Paul Divakar, convenor of Wada Na Todo Abhiyan
In this interview, UN-NGLS speaks with Paul Divakar of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights and Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, about issues of inequality and discrimination in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 process more broadly. Mr. Divakar reflects on the topics raised during OWG7, and shares his organization’s plans for OWG8.
UN-NGLS: Having followed the post-2015 processes so far and attended the most recent session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), what are your reflections on the current state of the process? Regarding the theme of climate change and disaster relief reduction in particular, what are your impressions of progress made in the discussion?
Paul Divakar: Compared to the previous process of MDGs, this consultation process has been highly participatory and much more transparent than before. I would like to commend the Secretary-General, Member States, and the various UN bodies who have made this process widely visible to the countries and the civil society therein.