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

6-10 January 2014 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Co-Chairs Csaba Kőrösi and Macharia Kamau consulting before the final day of OWG-7
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The final day of the seventh session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) convened on Friday with a panel discussion and statements on climate change and disaster risk reduction, as well as an in-depth discussion on the Group’s way forward after the stocktaking phase ends in February.

During the panel discussion, Debbra A.K. Johnson, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, said that the private sector will respond to ideas that bridge disaster risk reduction with their existing concerns. Peter deMenocal, Earth Institute, Columbia University, spoke of the role of climate science in shaping how we respond to a changing world. Noting that climate change will impact the “fundamentals of human civilization,” including food, water, shelter, and conflict, he said this is where science can deliver meaningful and useful information. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, said that by focusing on resilience indicators, risk issues can be reduced. SDGs could focus on reducing: human exposure to hazard and increasing safety; losses; and systemic impacts on society, economies, and livelihoods.

Following the conclusion of national statements on climate change and disaster risk reduction, Co-Chair Kőrösi presented the Co-Chairs’ summary of the session, noting that as the OWG approaches its next phase of work, specific proposals have become sharper and more concrete.

After delegates commented on the text, Co-Chair Kamau presented a series of options for the “way forward” into the next phase of the OWG’s work: devising a set of SDGs and their targets. He said that, after OWG-8 in February, the Co-Chairs would “pool together” an overall summary document of the first eight meetings and the entire, 11-month-long stock-taking process. Then, he offered delegates three options. The Co-Chairs could: (a) draft a provisional list of SDGs and their targets, synthesizing proposals that have been made; (b) compile a “looser” text that covers the main trends of discussion, conceptual ideas, and potential outcomes; or (c) the Co-Chairs would prepare nothing, leaving it up to the membership to collectively design something for the Group to look at. Kamau also proposed that the Co-Chairs could compile criteria, based on the Rio+20 outcome and principles, about how to define goals and how to differentiate goals from targets.

Delegates then commented extensively on these proposals. After nearly 90 minutes, Kamau announced that they would have an informal consultation before the February session at a date and time to be announced. The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm.
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Debbra A.K. Johnson, DuPont Sustainable Solutions
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A slide from Debbra A.K. Johnson's presentation
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Ronald H. Jackson, Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
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Peter deMenocal, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Dragan Županjevac, Serbia
Norachit Sinhaseni, Thailand
Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago
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Amb. Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Nepal
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Amb. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, India; Amit Narang, India; Farrukh Khan, Pakistan
Amb. Makurita Baaro, Kiribati
Fortuna Dibaco, Ethiopia
Ajay Appasaheb Madiwale, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Side Events
"Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development" organized by UNESCO
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"Climate Change, Disasters and Indigenous Peoples: Adaptation and Coping Mechanisms" organized by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) and The Center for Indigenous Peoples' Autonomy and Development (CADPI)
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"Building Resilience: Economic, Social and Cultural Aspects of Animals in Disasters" organized by Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN, Permanent Mission of Tanzania to the UN, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
"The Role of Geospatial Information in Measuring and Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals: Disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, and global urbanization" organized by UN Statistics Division
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*Session website and documents

*Draft programme of work

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*General information on SDGs

*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

*Website for the Sixth session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 9-13 December 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*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 coverage from the Sixth session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 9-13 December 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*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

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