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7th and 8th Sessions of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
(Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document)

20-24 and 27-31 July 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York


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A view of the UN headquarters complex, venue for the 7th and 8th Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document)

A view of the UN headquarters complex, venue for the 7th and 8th Sessions of the
Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document)

2015 Time for Global Action Agenda for People and for Planet In September 2000, world leaders at the Millennium Summit issued the Millennium Declaration, calling for a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty. Following this event, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were elaborated based on consultations among representatives of international institutions. The UN Secretary-General presented the MDGs to the UN General Assembly in 2001. UN Member States recommended the MDGs be used as a guide to implement the Millennium Declaration, and set a deadline of 2015 for their achievement.

The UN is now making preparations for what will succeed the MDGs, referred to broadly as the ‘post-2015 development agenda.’ This global agenda currently comprises several elements: a preamble; a declaration; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets, and indicators; means of implementation (MOI) and a new global partnership; and a framework for follow-up and review of implementation.

This two-week span of discussions in July will be the seventh and eighth in the series of negotiations leading to the anticipated adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. UN General Assembly resolution 69/244, adopted on 29 December 2014, called for the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to take place from 25-27 September 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Discussions at the July sessions will focus on finalizing the ‘Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda.’

Previous intergovernmental negotiations focused on: stocktaking (19-21 January 2015); text of the declaration (17-20 February 2015); SDGs, targets and indicators (23-27 March); means of implementation (MOI) and the global partnership for sustainable development (21-24 April); and follow-up and review (18-22 May). The sixth session in this series (22-25 June) focused on the zero draft of the post-2015 agenda, which currently includes three annexes: Annex 1 on proposed target revisions; Annex 2 on food for thought regarding a possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism; and Annex 3 on an introduction of the Open Working Group Proposal for the SDGs and targets.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web highlights and a summary and analysis report from the 7th and 8th Sessions of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document) which took place from 20 to 24 July and from 27 July to 2 August 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/post2015-in7-8/


Funding for coverage of the 7th and 8th Sessions of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document) has been provided by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union (EU)
SDC EU

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