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Second Session of the Open Working Group (OWG) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

17-19 April 2013 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Wednesday, 17 April 2013
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L-R: Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Co-Chair Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya; and Emer Herity, GA Conference Services
On the first day of the second session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates discussed conceptualizing the SDGs and the SDG process. During the morning session, an issue brief on conceptual issues by the UN Technical Support Team was introduced, followed by statements by member states. In the afternoon, an interactive discussion was led by a panel consisting of experts from the Overseas Development Institute, London, and the New School, New York.

During the day’s discussion, delegates highlighted the need for, inter alia: more clarity on the relationship between the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda; an inclusive, transparent and open process; the need for stronger scientific input; and finding ways to agree on a universally applicable set of goals, which can take into account national circumstances.
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L-R: Claire Melamed, Overseas Development Institute; Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, New School, New York; and Nikhil Seth, Director, UN Division for Sustainable Development
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L-R: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya and Co-Chair of the OWG, and Emer Herity, GA Conference Services
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Session resources

*Session website

*Draft programme of work

*Summary note on Post-2015 Consultations prepared by the UN Development Programme for the OWG

*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

*Website of the First session of the UNGA Open Working Group on SDGs, 14-15 March 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS summary report of the First session of the UNGA Open Working Group on SDGs, 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

*SDG - 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

*Sustainable Development 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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