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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 Tuesday, 18 June 2013
The fourth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continued on Tuesday, 18 June 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates concluded the general exchange of views on employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture. Delegates examined the interlinkages between the issues and how they can be incorporated into the SDGs.

In the afternoon, the OWG began consideration of health and population dynamics. In a keynote address, Dr. Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, Deputy Director-General, World Health Organization, observed that consensus is beginning to emerge on having a single overarching goal in the SDGs, rather than multiple health goals, as in the MDGs. In a second keynote address, Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institute, Gapminder Foundation, provided animated statistical data on demographics, using declining worldwide rates of child mortality to show that people are not unwilling to use contraception, once they have access to it. An interactive panel discussion featured Paulina K. Makinwa-Adebusoye, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, who presented on the state of maternal deaths, child mortality, pregnancy risks, and population dynamics. Jeanette Vega, Rockefeller Foundation, proposed that universal healthcare should be the umbrella SDG for health in the post-2015 framework.
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The Trusteeship Council Chambers during Tuesday’s meeting of the Open Working Group
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Amb. Csaba Körösi (Hungary) chaired the morning session
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Ralien Bekkers, youth representative on sustainable development in the Netherlands, spoke on behalf of youth in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia.
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Astride Nazaire (Haiti)
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Thembela Ngculu (South Africa)
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Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad (Bangladesh)
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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


IISD RS resources

*Post-2015 Development Agenda Meeting Reporting

*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)

*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

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

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

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