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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

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

5-9 May 2014 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Friday, 9 May 2014
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OWG-11 participants at the end of the session
OWG-11On the fifth and final day of OWG-11, delegates offered their comments on two focus areas: Means of implementation (MOI)/Global partnership for sustainable development; and Peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law and capable institutions.

At the end of the day, OWG Co-Chair Kamau presented the Co-Chairs’ views on the next iteration of the working document and on the way forward. He said the issue of equality will be included in the next iteration of the working document. On climate change, he said some supporters of a stand-alone goal are willing to be flexible, if the concerns are addressed elsewhere in the framework to their satisfaction. Therefore, climate change will remain in the next version of the document. He said the MOI focus area will remain in the document. He noted that delegates were divided on whether to include a focus area on peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law and capable institutions, and said it would therefore remain in the next version of the document. Kamau said the next version will have many more targets, and it will be made available on or around 27 May. He said the chapeau to the document, which had been promised by the end of OWG-11, will be sent out by midnight, 9 May.

On the process for the next OWG sessions, he proposed keeping the OWG as-is, but with a much stronger focus on discussing the targets. At OWG-12, following opening statements on the first morning, he said delegates will discuss the document, target by target. He proposed that, in response to the request for more informal conversations, the week before the remaining two OWG sessions would be dedicated to informal-informals. He said the first such session would take place from 9-11 June, in the UNGA Hall, the week prior to OWG-12. He stressed that the informal-informals will not pre-empt the OWG. Kamau opened the floor for comments, and delegations applauded in approval. Kamau gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:42 pm.

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Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh
Jimena Leiva Roesch, Guatemala
The OWG Co-Chairs confer before the discussion on the way forward
L-R: Jamal Ali Bamaileh, Saudi Arabia, and Kimo Goree, Vice President, IISD Reporting Services
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Session resources

*OWG-11 website

*Draft programme of work

*Working document

*Compilation of goals and targets suggestions from OWG-10

*Letter from the OWG-11 Co-Chairs

*General information on SDGs

*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

*Website for OWG-10, 31 March - 4 April 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*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

*Earth Negotiations Bulletin archives of OWG coverage

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-10, 31 March - 4 April 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*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 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 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)

*Post-2015 Development Agenda Meeting Reporting

*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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