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

25-27 November 2013 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Wednesday, 27 November 2013
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Delegates to OWG 5 discussed energy-related issues and the sustainable development goals on Wednesday.
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The fifth session of the OWG closed on 27 November 2013, following the conclusion of a general debate among member states and stakeholders on the topic of energy. Many delegations called for the creation of an SDG on “sustainable energy access for all,” with targets addressing issues such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. The importance of energy as a cross-cutting issue was stressed, with speakers highlighting the nexus between energy, health, education, gender, water, and a host of other development issues.

OWG Co-Chairs Körösi and Kamau presented a concluding summary during the afternoon, reflecting on the high level of convergence among delegations across the three days. Their summary highlighted emerging convergence on: the prerequisite of growth for poverty eradication; industrialization and infrastructure development as key drivers of growth; open, fair, rules-based trade; access to safe, affordable and reliable energy; the important role of renewable energy in the energy system; and the crucial roles of energy efficiency and conservation as components of sustainability.

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The next OWG meeting will take place from 9-13 December, and will discuss the issues of: means of implementation (science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building); global partnership for development; needs of countries in special situations; human rights; the right to development; and global governance.
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Amb. Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou (Benin) spoke on behalf of the Least Developed Countries with Erick Jean-Marie Zinsou (Benin)
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State Secretary Hans Brattskar, Norway
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Amb. Marianne Odette Bibalou (Gabon) spoke on behalf of the African Group
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Nguyen Trac Ba, Deputy Permanent Representative, Viet Nam
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L-R: Rueanna Haynes and Peter Mitchell (Trinidad and Tobago), spoke on behalf of the Caribbean Community
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Giovanni Mastrogiacomo, European Commission, spoke on behalf of the European Union
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L-R: Nikhil Seth, DSD Director; Co-Chair Csaba Körösi; Jorge Laguna Celis, Advisor to the UN General Assembly President; and Co-Chair Macharia Kamau after OWG 5 closed
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Delegates from Switzerland consulting
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L-R: Lara Daniel (Nauru), Amb. Caleb Otto (Palau) and Fabian Nimea (Nauru)
Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
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Session resources

*OWG-5 website

*Draft programme of work

*General information on SDGs

*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

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

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

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

*Website for 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 and analysis of the Fourth session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 17-19 June 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*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

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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