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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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Braving -14°C temperatures in New York City, delegates to the seventh session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continued their consideration of sustainable cities and human settlements, and sustainable transport on Tuesday.

The morning panel discussion opened with a presentation by Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He said cities are not sustainable unless the regions in which they are embedded are also sustainable, since cities cannot survive without food, water and everything else that rural areas provide. An urban SDG, therefore, should not be considered in isolation from rural issues, nor from equity and justice, education and health care, and ecosystem services and biodiversity.

Lewis Fulton, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, described the work of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and its proposal for five major transport targets: secure universal access to sustainable transport for urban populations by 2030; secure universal access to sustainable transportation for rural populations by 2030; halve the burden of global road traffic crashes by 2030 compared to 2010; halve years lost due to premature death and years lived with a disability from transport-related air pollution by 2030 compared to 2010; and realize a reduction of at least 1.6-2.5 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide.

After a lengthy question and answer session, delegates continued to deliver their own statements on sustainable cities and human settlements, and sustainable transport. Issues raised included: urban income inequality, job creation, resilience, integrated planning and design, meaningful stakeholder engagement, technical and financial assistance for urban development, transport in least developed countries and land-locked developing countries, and addressing the special needs of world heritage cultural cities. While some advocated for stand-alone goals on transport and urbanization, others cautioned about the proliferation of proposals for potential SDGs. One such proposal recommended including urbanization as part of a poverty alleviation goal and sustainable transport as part of a sustainable energy goal.
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Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
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Slide from Aromar Revi's presentation
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Slide from Lewis Fulton's presentation
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Lewis Fulton, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
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Esther Pan Sloane, United States
Yun Kang-hyeon, Republic of Korea
S.G. Mhishi, Zimbabwe
Sergey Vasiliev and Evgeny Varganov, Russian Federation
Levina Owusu, Ghana
Janet De Luna Jiménez, Mexico
Side Events
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"Sustainable Consumption and Production contributing to the SDGs" organized by
Mexico's Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment of Indonesia and UNEP
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"Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City" organized by Singapore and China
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"Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City" organized by Singapore and China
"Results Framework for Sustainable Transport" organized by UN-HABITAT, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
 
Around the Venue
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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 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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