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

20-24 and 27-31 July 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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2015 Time for Global Action Agenda for People and for Planet On Tuesday, 21 July, delegates continued to discuss the preamble and declaration of the agenda. Several Member States reiterated calls for a concise text that does not attempt to prioritize the SDGs and targets nor summarize the content of the post-2015 agenda, warning that such attempts could undermine both the declaration and the SDGs.

Delegates aired opposing views regarding the proper place of the CBDR principle. Several countries, including the US, Canada and Australia, argued that the principle was formulated in a specific environmental and historical context, and preferred the notion of shared responsibility. The Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) and many of its members preferred to maintain CBDR, and some expressed disappointment over the outcome of the recently concluded third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3). Brazil said the principle of CBDR should not be taken as supporting inaction on the part of developing countries, and India noted that while developing countries may under-promise, they also tend to over-deliver.

Other points of divergence included paragraph 38 on family, which some wished to delete or qualify with a reference to all forms of family. While some Member States opposed taking on commitments that contradict religious or traditional values, others stated that the agenda must still respect the rights of women.

Many delegates supported inclusion of text on strengthening the UN Development System (UNDS) to ensure it is “fit for purpose.”

Discussions adjourned at 5:15 pm, after reaching the end of the speakers’ list on the declaration. The session will resume on Wednesday morning to discuss the SDGs and targets.

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:

Amb. Wang Min, China

Sofya Simonyan, Armenia

Co-Facilitators Macharia Kamau and David Donoghue consulting

Tony Pipa, United States

Vitaly Mackay, Belarus

Jeanne d’Arc Byaje, Rwanda

Wilfried Biya, Cameroon

Amb. Rolando Castro, Costa Rica

Amb. Guillermo Rishchynski, Canada

Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana

Angela Hassan-Sharp, New Zealand

Hassan Abbas, Lebanon

Amb. Usman Sarki, Nigeria

Do Hung Viet, Viet Nam

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