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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 Thursday, 18 April 2013
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L-R: Jomo Kwane Sundaram, Assistant Director-General, FAO, and Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford University Human Development Initiative
On Thursday morning, delegates continued the moderated exchange of views on conceptualizing the SDGs and the SDG process. The discussion on poverty eradication began in the afternoon with a keynote address by Abhijit Banerjee, International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Banerjee emphasized the need to choose SDG outcomes carefully, but not dictate the process of achieving them; focus on outcomes that are meaningful for people, not only easy for bureaucracies to achieve; look beyond averages to reach out to marginalized groups and populations; and take the idea of partnerships more seriously, to involve civil society actors.

Olav Kjørven, UN Development Programme (UNDP), introduced an issues note on poverty eradication prepared by the UN Technical Support Team.

A moderated exchange of views on poverty eradication then took place, including presentations by two panelists – Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford University Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
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Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopia
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Victor Zagrekov, Russian Federation
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Paula Caballero, Colombia, listening to an intervention
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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

*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

*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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