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7th and 8th Sessions of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
(Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document)

20-24 July and 27 July - 2 August 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Saturday, 1 August 2015

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Conference Room 1 was full when the negotiations reconvened at 12:38 am on Saturday, 1 August 2015

2015 Time for Global Action Agenda for People and for Planet Delegates convened in the early hours of Saturday morning, in an attempt to reach agreement on the newest version of the draft post-2015 development agenda.

Plenary was postponed several times on Friday evening, as delegates worked in their representative groups to resolve remaining issues of contention in the revised draft released around 7.30 pm. Late into the evening, a small group worked on text of the climate paragraph.

At 12:38 am, the early hours of Saturday morning, Co-Facilitators Amb. Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and David Donoghue (Ireland) welcomed a full room of delegations and other representatives to “the final session at which we hope to be working toward the adoption” of the agenda. Kamau highlighted the inclusive process that had led to the current level of agreement, and stated that the objective of the session would be to tweak and adopt the text in the room. He advised that the group working on climate text was close to reaching agreement.

Delegates then made regional and country statements on the draft. Many praised the work of the Co-Facilitators in promoting the current level of consensus. Several delegations declared their readiness to accept the document, and one noted that the negotiation had reached “the point of diminishing returns,” when lengthening the process was unlikely to secure a better outcome. Zambia, for landlocked developing countries, congratulated the Co-Facilitators on the transparent process carried out in a spirit of multilateralism, acknowledging it had been a tough negotiation.

However, several delegations expressed concerns with the draft. Benin, for LDCs, said the new draft does not give LDCs the attention they deserve, vis-à-vis the challenges of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), small island developing States (SIDS) and middle-income countries (MICs). Other concerns included gender equality and human rights language, a request to include “and conflict” with references to peace, and mentions of “shared responsibility.”

Several delegates called for resolving issues issues through adding, rather than deleting text. Statements continued till 4.45 am.

At the close of the session, Co-Facilitator Kamau said that, based on a feeling of broad consensus, the Co-Facilitators were ready to drop the brackets on paragraph 12 (CBDR and Rio Principle 7), leaving paragraph 30 (climate change) as the only outstanding issue issue. He announced a break while a small group continued to develop text, and said the plenary would reconvene at noon.

Several postponements of plenary were announced on Saturday, from noon to 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. Delegates continued working informally on text related to climate change, migrants and “migratory status,” human rights, means of implementation and countries in special circumstances. On Saturday evening, the Co-Facilitators advised delegates that plenary would convene on Sunday morning, 2 August.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web highlights and a summary and analysis report from the 7th and 8th Sessions of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document) which took place from 20 to 24 July and from 27 July to 2 August 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at:

The dais during the early morning session

Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning

Amb. Jean-Francis Regis Zinsou, Benin

Gaspar Frontini Cattivello, European Union

Tarik Iziraren, Morocco

Amb. Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopia

Amb. Mahe’uli’uli Sandhurst Tupouniua, Tonga

Amb. Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Brazil

Wilfried Biya, Cameroon

Amb. Kingsley Mamabolo, South Africa,
on behalf of the Group of 77 and China

L-R: Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on
Post-2015 Development Planning, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau, and Amb. Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopia

Around the Venue

Funding for coverage of the 7th and 8th Sessions of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document) has been provided by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union (EU)

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