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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 Wednesday, 5 February 2014
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Co-Chair Csaba Kőrösi starts day three of OWG 8 after a late start, due to a snow delay

On the third day of OWG-8, despite a late start due to another New York City snowstorm and delayed opening of UN Headquarters, a packed Trusteeship Council Chamber heard what OWG Co-Chair Kőrösi called “the two most powerful statements in the history of the OWG.”  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women, said the realization of rights and well-being of all people, not only economic growth, is the hallmark of successful societies. The sustainable development agenda to eliminate poverty depends on transforming gender relations, she said, noting that “these are problems for which solutions exist.”    

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), described two possible paths for a young girl from his village in Nigeria. With her rights constrained, and health and education denied, she is married at 10, becomes a mother at 11, develops fistula, and is abandoned. Without credit or employment, she cannot look after her children, and the cycle of poverty continues. We cannot make a difference in the world while this goes on, said Osotimehin. But what if, he asked, she goes to good schools and gets a job, and is allowed to decide whom and when to marry, and how many children to have? The world will be a better place when this outcome is multiplied by the other 1.8 billion people in her situation. Osotimehin said governments should “make sure access, rights and opportunities are available on an equal basis to women and girls.”    

During an afternoon panel, José Antonio Ocampo, Columbia University, stressed the importance of a specific goal on reducing inequalities. He explained that inequality exists among and within countries and said 76% of the global population lives in countries where inequality has increased. He said income inequalities are about economic policies as well as social policies. Lenín Moreno, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, said persons with disabilities – being the "most forgotten among the forgotten" – can be a reference point on fostering inclusion of other groups. He urged the scientific and technical community to devise solutions so persons with disabilities can access health and work. Nicole Ameline, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), stressed the need to “change the paradigm” and ensure that equality is even more central to development as a precondition for achieving the SDGs. The indicators of the MDGs were too narrow, she said, while emphasizing that the post-2015 development agenda should be based on the current human rights framework.

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
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Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Mansour Al-Otaibi, Kuwait
Andris Piebalgs, European Union
Ellen Maduhu, Tanzania
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View of a packed Trusteeship Council Chamber
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José Antonio Ocampo, Columbia University
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Lenín Moreno, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility
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Nicole Ameline, Chairperson, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
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Delegates consulting
Side Events
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"Briefing on the Outcomes of the Global Thematic Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Development Framework" organized by UNDP and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN
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"A World Without Violence Against Children" organized by the Permanent Missions of Canada and Paraguay to the UN and the Office of the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Violence Against Children
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"Sustainability at the Intersection of Trade, Environment and Development" organized by UNCTAD/CITES
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"Achieving Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Development" organized by Permanent Missions of Nigeria, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey, and UN Women
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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

*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

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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