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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 Wednesday, 11 December 2013
At the beginning of the third day of the sixth meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Co-Chair Kamau said the day’s topic – Needs of Countries in Special Situations: African Countries, LDCs, Land-Locked Developing Countries (LLDCs), and SIDS as well as Specific Challenges Facing the Middle Income Countries (MICs) – is “where the rubber meets the road.”

Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), recalled that the principle of universality is based on both commonalities and differentiation of targets and priorities. He said there is a need to “refresh” the concept of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR), and GDP is a poor instrument for measuring economic development, let alone social progress and environmental regeneration. Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group President’s Special Envoy on MDGs and Financial Development, reviewed four pillars of financing the post-2015 development agenda: ODA, private finance, innovative sources, and domestic resource mobilization. He said the relative importance of each pillar will differ among countries.

Speakers proceeded to highlight the needs of each of the groups of countries in special situations, with many highlighting relevant events that will take place in 2014, including the review of implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action, the Third International Conference on SIDS, the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, the fourth Africa-Europe Summit, and the first ministerial-level event on the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

During the afternoon, Patrick Guillaumont, President, FERDI, spoke on LDCs and vulnerability, noting vulnerability is easier to measure than sustainability, and economic vulnerability threatens the sustainability of growth. He welcomed a UN General Assembly resolution inviting development partners to consider LDC indicators, GNI per capita, the Human Assets Index (HAI) and the Economic Vulnerability Index (EVI) as criteria for allocating ODA.

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Co-Chair Macharia Kamau addressing representatives of major groups and other stakeholders
Wednesday morning dais: David O'Connor, Division for Sustainable Development; Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development; Co-Chair Macharia Kamau; Sangeeta Sharma, Secretary; Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa; Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group President’s Special Envoy on MDGs and Financial Development
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"Needs of Countries in Special Situations" presentation by Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group President’s Special Envoy on MDGs and Financial Development
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Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa

Alexandra Tohme, Lebanon
Stephan Auer, European Union
Amit Narang, India
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Delegates listening
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Ambassador Momodou Tangara, Gambia
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Patrick Guillaumont, President, FERDI
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A slide from Patrick Guillaumont's presentation
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Delegates listening
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Damaso Luna Corona, Mexico
Side Events
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"Middle Incomes Countries: Key Actors for Effective Development Co-operation" organized by Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN, Permanent Mission of UK to the UN

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"More than just a Vision: How to Integrate Human Rights into the Post-2015 Agenda" organized by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Room view of "The Importance of a Healthy, Resilient and Productive Ocean for SIDS"

"The Importance of a Healthy, Resilient and Productive Ocean for SIDS" organized by Nauru, on behalf of PSIDS, PNG, and Palau.

"The Importance of a Healthy, Resilient and Productive Ocean for SIDS" organized by Nauru, on behalf of PSIDS, PNG, and Palau.
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"Implementing the global development agenda: Asia-Pacific perspectives on partnerships and means" organized by UNDP on behalf of UNDG Asia-Pacific, RCM

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"Implementing the global development agenda: Asia-Pacific perspectives on partnerships and means" organized by UNDP on behalf of UNDG Asia-Pacific, RCM

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"Southern Perspectives on Learning and Equity in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda" organized by Save the Children, ASER Pakistan, Center for Universal Education at Brookings, Women Thrive Worldwide, UNESCO, UNICEF, and UN-GEFI

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"Southern Perspectives on Learning and Equity in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda" organized by Save the Children, ASER Pakistan, Center for Universal Education at Brookings, Women Thrive Worldwide, UNESCO, UNICEF, and UN-GEFI

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Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
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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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