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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 Thursday, 12 December 2013
On Thursday morning, 12 December, the sixth meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continued its discussion of ‘Needs of countries in special situations, African countries, least developed countries (LDCs), land-locked developing countries (LLDCs), and small island developing states (SIDS) as well as specific challenges facing the middle income countries.’

Panelists Selwin Hart, Caribbean Development Bank, and Debapriya Bhattacharya, Centre for Policy Dialogue, offered opening remarks and engaged in a discussion with the OWG. Hart presented on the current context of SIDS, including their unique circumstances of energy, climate change, oceans, finance vulnerabilities. He noted that the special challenges for these countries include their small size, remoteness and insularity. Bhattacharya suggested that taking LDC status as the “founding element for concern” would capture LLDCs, SIDS, conflict-affected, fragile, environmentally vulnerable and African countries. He raised the need to determine the balance among the three dimensions of sustainable development, which have been joined by a proposed fourth dimension on governance, and noted the traditional “primacy” of economic thinking. He also noted that an accountability mechanism depends on data, while data availability is not just a technical issue but also a political issue in many countries.

The OWG completed its discussion of this agenda item at the conclusion of the morning session, and will reconvene on Friday to discuss ‘Human rights, the right to development, and global governance,’ and hear the Co-Chairs’ concluding remarks on OWG 6.

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Co-Chair Csaba Kőrösi and the Secretariat prepare for the fourth day of the sixth meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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Selwin Hart, Caribbean Development Bank, presenting via video stream
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Debapriya Bhattacharya, Centre for Policy Dialogue
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A slide from Debapriya Bhattacharya's presentation looking at countires with special needs
Elizabeth Cousens, United States
Samuel Berridge, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Rene Orellana, Bolivia
Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh
Tom Okurut, Uganda
Miryam Vieira, Cabo Verde
Side Events
"Justice and Post-2015: Legal Empowerment in Countries in Special Situations – African Countries, Least Developed Countries and Middle Income Countries" organized by Benin, the United Kingdom, the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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"A Transformative Post-2015 Human Rights Vision Requires Innovative Linkages with Environmental Issues" organized by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNEP
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"Post-2015 Global Policy Agenda: Early Childhood Development as a Foundation for Sustainable Development" organized by the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development; OMEP, the World Organization for Early Childhood Education
Around the Venue
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Trusteeship Council Chamber
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A slide from Selwin Hart's presentation looking at the impact of extreme weather events
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IISD team with Lloyd Axworthy, former Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Olav Kjørven, Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
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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

*UNCSD-L - 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

*POST2015-L - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda

*Post-2015 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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