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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

Tenth session of the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

31 March - 4 April 2014 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Friday, 4 April 2014
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Paula Caballero, Colombia, addresses the OWG for the final time during a discussion of the way forward.
OWG-10On the final day of OWG 10, delegates discussed means of implementation/global partnership for sustainable development during the morning and peaceful and non-violent societies, rule of law and capable institutions during the afternoon. During the morning, some delegates preferred to include targets related to means of implementation under each goal as well as to have a stand-alone goal regarding it, while others preferred to have these issues addressed in a goal only. During the afternoon, some delegates suggested creating two goals, one addressing peaceful societies and the other regarding rule of law and governance. Others argued against including peace and security issues in the SDGs, and said rule of law and governance concepts could be incorporated under appropriate goals.

During an evening discussion on the way forward, Co-Chair Kamau noted that the Group had discussed an incredible number of ideas in the last week. He said narrowing them down is not going to be an easy process, but that it is the challenge that the UN Member States set for themselves at Rio+20. He added that it is doable if the Group remains committed to the objective.

Kamau presented the Co-Chairs’ proposal for how to proceed during the next three meetings of the OWG, according to which the Co-Chairs would revise the focus areas document based on the discussions at OWG 10 and issue another version on 18 April 2014. He said the time is not yet ripe for negotiating language, as the OWG needs to further refine the goals and targets before discussing the specifics of those goals and targets. He encouraged the Group to not get stuck in 19th and 20th century issues, but to keep 21st century issues such as climate change, cities, and governance high on the agenda. After a number of statements in which delegates expressed both exhaustion and excitement with the week, Kamau closed OWG 10 at 7:25 pm.

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At the conclusion of OWG 10, the Co-Chairs presented a proposed programme of work for the upcoming OWG sessions.
OWG Co-Chair Kőrösi consulting the UK-Netherlands-Australia troika during the afternoon.
OWG delegates during the discussion of peaceful and non-violent societies, rule of law and capable institutions
Amina J. Mohammed, Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, consults with delegates in the corridors.

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Session resources

*Session website and documents

*Draft programme of work

*Clusters

*Annex 1 - Interlinkages document

*Letter from Co-Chairs of the Open Working on SDGs (18 March)

*General information on SDGs

*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

*Website for OWG-9, 3-5 March 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-8, 3-7 February 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-7, 6-10 January 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-6, 9-13 December 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-5, 25-27 November 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-4, 17-19 June 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-3, 22-24 May 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-2, 17-19 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-1, 14-15 March 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America


IISD RS resources

*Post-2015 Development Agenda Meeting Reporting

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-9, 3-5 March 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage from OWG-8, 3-7 February 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage from OWG-7, 6-10 January 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage from OWG-6, 9-13 December 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-5, 25-27 November 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-4, 17-19 June 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Arab Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) on Rio+20 Outcomes, 29-30 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-3, 22-24 May 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS briefing note of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Meeting on Achieving Sustainable Development – “Integrating the Social, Economic and Environmental Dimensions”, 13 May 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Asia and Pacific Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) on Rio+20 Outcomes, 22-24 April 2013, Bangkok, Thailand (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of OWG-2, 17-19 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of OWG-1, 14-15 March 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century and Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20, 5-6 and 7-9 of March 2013, Bogotá, Colombia

*IISD RS summary report of the Eighth Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-8) and Africa Regional Implementation Meeting (Africa-RIM) in preparation for the Twentieth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable (CSD-20), 19-21 November 2012, UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings

*UNCSD-L - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

*POST2015-L - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda

*Post-2015 Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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