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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 Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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2015 Time for Global Action Agenda for People and for Planet On Wednesday, 22 July, delegates discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, which Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau (Kenya) described as “the meat and the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.” Kamau highlighted that the challenge of the day would be to revisit the “tweaked” targets, adding that no changes would be made without broad consensus, failing which the Co-Facilitators would revert to the Open Working Group (OWG) text.

Regional groups laid out their positions in the morning, with the Group of 77 and China calling for the entire OWG report to be preserved in the outcome document, including its chapeau. The European Union, as well as a number of its Member States, and other developed countries, said the technical adjustments to the targets should be adopted in full, while the chapeau and reservations in the OWG’s report should not be included in the post-2015 outcome.

Delegates aired their views on the technical revisions that the Co-Facilitators had made to some of the targets, including whether or not to maintain the X’s in certain targets, on the understanding that every country will make its own commitment based on relevant data and capacity. They also considered whether to replace the X’s with another term, such as “substantially.” The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), arguing in favor of maintaining the X’s, noted that measurability is problematic because of the lack of objective baselines, which in some cases makes it difficult to assess progress. A number of developed countries argued that Heads of State and Government cannot adopt a document that has X’s in it.

Regarding the revision of target 14.c, on the UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), following initial comments, New Zealand convened a group to discuss the matter informally.

Delegates also discussed whether or not to eliminate duplicate text on means of implementation (MOI) targets—currently in both Chapters 2 (targets and indicators) and 3 (MOI) of the final draft text.

In remarks at the end of the day, civil society organizations urged Member States not to drop their level of ambition, expressing concern about the revised 2030 timeline as being too far ahead, and saying these targets should provide a floor, not a ceiling for Member States.

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. Mahe’uli’uli Sandhurst Tupouniua, Tonga

Khanum Ibrahimova, Azerbaijan

Amb. Janine Coye-Felson, Belize

Amb. Serap Őzcoşkun, Turkey

Ruanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago

L-R: Stephan Contius, Germany, and Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA

Co-Facilitator David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, talking with delegates from Iceland.

Amb. Michael Gerber, Switzerland

Michael Hjelmåker, Sweden

Amb. Marianne Loe, Norway

L-R: Oana Rebedea, Romania, consulting with Felix Dodds, Global Research Institute at University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, discussing their new book “Governance for Sustainable Development.”

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