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

3-7 February 2014 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Tuesday, 4 February 2014
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View of the Trusteeship Council Chamber during the morning session of day two of OWG 8
On Tuesday, 4 February 2014, OWG participants continued their discussion of oceans and seas, forests, and biodiversity. During a morning panel session, Mark Smith, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said “biodiversity is a development issue,” since human well-being cannot be improved without the benefits brought by nature. He proposed a goal to “enhance the benefits for all from biodiversity and ecosystems services in a just world that values and conserves nature.” Marie Haga, Global Crop Diversity Trust, said that, because global agriculture is facing “its greatest challenges ever” due to climate change and population growth, crop biodiversity is even more critical for ensuring food security. She emphasized that crop diversity is a global common good that must be reflected in the targets of the SDGs. Daju Resosudarmo, CIFOR, said forests are fundamental to sustainable development and are relevant to every issue that had been discussed thus far in the OWG.Delegates then continued to offer statements on the agenda items during the morning and afternoon sessions.

During a brief, informal evening session, Co-Chair Kamau said that the Co-Chairs’ informal consultations with Member States on the way forward had allowed them to come to a quick agreement. He said the Co-Chairs will formulate a stock-taking document, which will take into account everything that has been discussed over the past year, to be released on 14 February 2014. They will also present a document around which a conversation of SDGs and targets can begin, detailing “priority areas” that Member States may wish to discuss, by 21 February. He promised that the Co-Chairs will keep their word from informal conversations and “deliver what we promised to deliver.”
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Marie Haga, Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust
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Mark Smith, Global Water Programme at IUCN Headquarters
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Daju Resosudarmo, Scientist, Forests and Livelihoods Programme, Center for International Forestry Research
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A slide from Daju Resosudarmo's presentation
Amatlain Elizabeth Kabua, Marshall Islands
Amb. Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Nepal
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, FAO
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Paula Caballero, Colombia
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Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN, and Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN.
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Delegates consulting
Side Events
"How Can Tourism Contribute to the Sustainable Development Agenda?" organized by The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
"Addressing Inequalities in the SDGs: A Human Rights Imperative for Effective Poverty Eradication" organized by Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
"The Bangkok Dialogue on the Rule of Law: Investing in the Rule of Law, Justice and Security for the Post-2015 Development Agenda" organized by Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN
"What is Holding Women and Girls Back from Realizing their Rights? Addressing Structural Inequalities to Assure Sustainable Development" organized by UN Women, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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"Healthy Oceans & Seas: A Way Forward" organized by Global Partnerships Forum, Permanent Mission of Italy, Sustainable Oceans Alliance, and Permanent Mission of Palau
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Tommy Remengesau Jr., President, Palau speaking at "Healthy Oceans & Seas: A Way Forward" event
Dais during the Informal Conversation on "The Way Forward"
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Delegates talking after the informal conversation
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Delegates talking after the informal conversation

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

*Session website and documents

*Draft programme of work

*Side events

*General information on SDGs

*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

*Website for the Seventh session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 6-10 January 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*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 Seventh session of the UNGA’s OWG on SDGs, 6-10 January 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*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

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*Post-2015 Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

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