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


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

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Highlights for Monday, 17 June 2013
The fourth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals convened on Monday, 17 June 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York. The two issue clusters for discussion at this meeting are employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture; and health and population dynamics. In the morning, Homi Kharas, Brookings Institution and lead author and Executive Secretary for UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), presented the Panel’s report. Greg Vines, Deputy Director-General, International Labour Organisation, presented the keynote address on employment and decent work for all. Following introduction of the three UN Technical Support Team Issues Briefs on Employment and Decent Work, Social Protection, and Education and Culture, delegates had an opportunity to comment.

In the afternoon, there were panel presentations followed by interactive exchange of views on “Employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture”. Panelists included: Dr. Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town, Dr. Karen Mundy, University of Toronto, and Mr. Fernando Filgueira, Consultant, former Collaborating Researcher for United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).
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The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals opened on Monday in the Trusteeship Council Chambers
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Homi Kharas, Brookings Institution and lead author and Executive Secretary for UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), presented the Panel’s report.
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Ambassador Usman Sarki, Nigeria, described the issues of employment, education, and social protection as necessary for the “wholesomeness of life,” and emphasized the consideration of the national situation in their implementation.
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L-R: Zehra Aydin, Senior Advisor, Post-2015 Secretariat, and Veerle Vandeweerd, Director, Environment and Energy Group, United Nations Development Programme.
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During a side event, Paula Caballero Gómez (Colombia) presented the “Dashboard Proposal” on how to arrive at a post-2015 agenda that is universal and responsive to national circumstances.
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Session resources

*Session website

*Draft programme of work

*Guiding questions for the Fourth session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs

*TST Issues Brief: Education and Culture

*TST Issues Brief: Employment and Decent Work

*TST Issues Brief: Health and Sustainable Development

*TST Issues Brief: Population Dynamics

*TST Issues Brief: Social Protection

*Website for the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP)

*Report of the HLP: A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development

*General information on SDGs

*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

*Website of the Third session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 22-24 May 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website of the Second session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 17-19 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website of the First session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 14-15 March 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America


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

*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Third session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 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) (French: 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 the Second session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 17-19 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the First session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 14-15 March 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

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*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

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