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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 Thursday, 6 February 2014
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Co-Chair Csaba Kőrösi starts day four of OWG 8
On the penultimate day of the eighth and final “stock-taking” meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), morning participants offered statements on “promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment.” One statement, presented by Argentina on behalf of Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, and Uruguay, called for prioritizing gender equality and human rights of women, girls, and all young people, especially those living in poverty or otherwise excluded.

In the afternoon, a number of keynote speakers and panelists addressed the OWG regarding “Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance.” Mary Robinson, Chair, The Mary Robinson Foundation, emphasized the importance of including a focus on peace and eliminating violence in the post-2015 development agenda. Calling the relationship between peace and development a “continuum,” she stressed that the nexus between peace, security, human rights and development have never been clearer. Cassam Uteem, former President of Mauritius, presented the idea of the “shared society,” a term used by the Club of Madrid to describe sensitive, inclusive governance that looks after everyone, resulting in a society not “owned” by any one sector or group, in which everyone is valued. Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization, highlighted that good laws and regulations that are fairly administered contribute to fair outcomes for all. William O’Neill, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, stressed that governance reform will take time, and will not be accepted by powerful actors that benefit from the lack of rule of law.  

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Delegates listening to the interactive exchange on “Promoting Equality, Including Social Equity, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”
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Maria Rubiales, Nicaragua
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María Cristina Perceval, Argentina
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Do Hung Viet, Viet Nam, and Yeshey Dorji, Bhutan
Jeanne d'Arc Byaje, Rwanda
Wei Liu, DESA, and Farrukh Khan, Pakistan
Mariela Castro Espín, Cuba
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Mary Robinson, The Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice
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Cassam Uteem, Former President of Mauritius
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Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization
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William O'Neill, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
Side Events
"Interactive Briefing with Civil Society" organized by UNGA President John Ashe
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"Environment as an Integral Part of the Post‐2015 Agenda" organized by UNEP, Finland, and Germany
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"Measuring Democratic Governance: The Art of the Possible" organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), International IDEA, and the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the UN
"Include Persons with Disabilities in the Sustainable Development Process" organized by Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations, EU delegation, IDA and the IDDC
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"Conflict Prevention, Post-conflict Peacebuilding and the Promotion of Durable Peace, Rule of Law and Governance" organized by UNDP, UN Peacebuilding Support Office, UNICEF, UN Office for Drugs and Crime, UN Women, and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the UN
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"Addressing Vulnerabilities to Promote Sustainable Peace and Development" organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Vision, Club de Madrid and Institute for Economics and Peace, and the Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs
"Enabling Environment for Rule-Based Business, Investment and Trade" organized by the Office of Legal Affairs/International Trade Law Division, the UNCITRAL secretariat

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

*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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