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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-Chair Csaba Kőrösi opens the fourth day of OWG-7 on Thursday afternoon
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The Trusteeship Council Chamber was considerably more crowded on Thursday afternoon, with climate change and disaster risk reduction on the agenda at the seventh session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Keynote speaker Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute (WRI), said that if you care about poverty reduction and development, you must care about climate change. He stressed that he wasn’t arguing for a stand-alone SDG or specific targets on climate, but stressed that every goal needs to reflect climate change. He called for a storyline connecting development and climate change in the chapeau of the goals, and identified climate-smart development targets for goals on sustainable energy, food and nutritional security, inclusive, productive and resilient cities, and a global partnership for development.

Keynote speaker Pan Jiahua, Director, Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said it is fundamental to reflect climate change in the SDG framework, including through a stand-alone goal. Its indicators must be measurable, reportable and verifiable. Pan highlighted that the drivers of climate change are linked to all other SDG issues, and advocated a paradigm shift away from industrial civilization—based on fossil fuels, neglectful of geo-physical limits, and materialist—to harmony between humans and nature, which relies on efficiency and justice.

During the subsequent exchange of national views, many delegates acknowledged that a global development agenda that ignores climate change would be unacceptable. Many expressed support for including climate change and disaster risk reduction as cross-cutting issues across other goals, including possible goals on poverty eradication, energy and food security. Delegates also called for synergies between this process and the negotiations on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction in the context of the Hyogo Framework for Action and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
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Slide from Andrew Steer's presentation
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Slide from Pan Jiahua's presentation
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Pan Jiahua, Director, Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
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Trusteeship Council Chamber
Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh
Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
Pascal Canfin, Deputy Minister for Development, France
Lara Daniel, Nauru
Ian Clark, European Union
Sacha Llorenti Soliz, Bolivia
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

*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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