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

9-13 December 2013 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Tuesday, 10 December 2013
On Tuesday morning, 10 December 2014, delegates to the sixth session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continued their discussion of ‘Means of implementation (finance, science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building).’ During the afternoon, delegates engaged in a discussion with two panelists on the topic of ‘Global partnership for achieving sustainable development.’

On means of implementation (MOI), some speakers suggested that each goal should be paired with MOI targets, while others emphasized that this topic should be the subject of a stand-alone goal. Speakers highlighted capacity building needs for national administrative and technical capacity, including tax administration and reform. The OWG was encouraged to focus on the “nuts and bolts of targets” and then assess what those targets collectively tell us about global goals.

During the afternoon, Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever, emphasized the need to work with the private sector, recommended that every SDG be supported by a partnership, and said governments must take the lead in creating an enabling environment for investment, marked by transparency, absence of corruption, and a regulatory and legal framework, while the private sector must create confidence through transparency. Gargee Ghosh, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, highlighted the successes of the MDGs in creating enabling environments for well-coordinated partnerships, and stressed that the post-2015 development agenda must build on these commitments.

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Co-Chairs Csaba Kőrösi and Macharia Kamau consulting with Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development
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Elizabeth Cousens, U.S. Ambassador to ECOSOC, speaks with Co-Chair Csaba Kőrösi
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Delegates consulting
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Youngju Oh, Republic of Korea
Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates
Minister of State Michael Georg Link, Germany
Ambassador Marlene Moses, Nauru
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Guilherme Patriota, Brazil
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George Talbot, Guyana
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Delegates listening
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Koen Davidse, Post-2015 Envoy, The Netherlands
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Co-Chair Macharia Kamau suggests differentiating discussion in the OWG from work that belongs to the post-2015 development agenda political process.
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Josefina Bunge, Argentina
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Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
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Gargee Ghosh, Director, Development Policy and Finance, Gates Foundation
Side Events
"Panel of presenters at A New Global Partnership Architecture: Catalyzing Action on the Post-2015 Development Agenda" organized by NRDC
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"Communicating the science of sustainability through science centers and museums" organized by Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN, Association of Science-Technology Centers
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"The Dashboard Proposal: how to provide for differentiation in a universal agenda" organized by Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations
"Innovation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: WIPO data and analysis as a tool for policy makers" organized by WIPO
Around the Venue
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South Africa: "The focus of the world today is on South Africa, where leaders have converged to remember our outstanding statesman, Nelson Mandela"
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Delegation from Nigerian Parliament at the Global Partnership side event.

Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
SDC
Related Links
Session resources

*Session website and documents

*Draft programme of work

*Side events

*General information on SDGs

*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

*Website for the Fifth session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 25-27 November 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*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 Fifth session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 25-27 November 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)

*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) (English: HTML - PDF) (French: 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)

*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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