Modalidades de trabajo de los grupos

Modalities of the working groups
Uruguay and The Netherlands propose the following modalities for the working groups:
The Co-chairs of the respective working groups will be responsible for inviting and including countries, relevant multilateral organisations and NGOs to join and for ensuring that a diversity of perspectives is brought into the conversation. Governments and civil society organisations may also indicate their interest in taking part in a working group (by contacting the corresponding working group via the email address provided above). Diversity could span across –but is not limited to- regions, sub communities of LGBTI, level of engagement (grassroots, national, regional or international), and themes or specific fields of expertise.
It is advised to not only invite governments that have specific expertise or experience, but also governments that wish to become more active on a certain topic. Furthermore, the composition of the working group should have an adequate balance of countries and civil society from both the Global North and South. The final composition of the working groups will be communicated by the Chairs to Uruguay and The Netherlands.
  • Each working group will be chaired by one government and one civil society partner.  The Co-chairs will work together in preparing meetings and collectively decide the working method and process to lead up to the outcome of the working group.
  • Co-chairs are responsible for ensuring an inclusive and accessible process that leads to an outcome that has consensus among all members of the working group. 
  • The Co-chairs are free to choose a specific working method for the working group (teleconferences, physical meetings, online discussion forum etc.) in a way that the method can ensure inclusion of and accessibility to the conversation for all members of the working group. The Co-chairs are requested to take potential language obstacles into account.
  • Involvement of civil society should be ensured during the whole process. 
  • Representatives of governments, multilateral organisations and civil society are all equal members of the working group.
  • The working groups are expected to prepare conversations on their specific topic before the conference and present their one-pager no later than 17 June, 2016.
  • The themes covered in the working groups will be reflected in thematic sessions during the conference. 
  • The end product of the working group should be a one-pager to be presented to the conference in advance and at the thematic sessions. Two rapporteurs per working group will together draw up the one-pager on the outcomes of the working group. These will be one government representative and one civil society representative, different from the Co-chairs and ideally from another region.
  • The one-pager should contain:
  1.  a short analysis of current obstacles and challenges;
  2. what progress can be observed in the respective area with regard to implementation of the Washington communiqué;
  3. questions and issues to be addressed by conference in the thematic sessions,; and
  4. draft recommendations for an outcome document of the conference to be discussed by all participants during the conference and to be presented by The Netherlands and Uruguay at the end of the conference.
  • In addition, a specific case study is advised to illustrate the theme further for conference participants.
  • Working groups are requested to focus on concrete suggestions rather than abstract considerations.