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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 Thursday, 30 July 2015

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Major Groups participating in the post-2015 negotiations

2015 Time for Global Action Agenda for People and for Planet Co-Facilitators Amb. Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and David Donoghue (Ireland) worked on revising the text Wednesday afternoon and evening and all day Thursday in consultation with Member States. Plenary was scheduled for 3:00 pm, then postponed to 7:00 pm, once the revised draft outcome document was circulated at 3:30 pm.

Delegates finally reconvened at 8:40 pm to discuss the new version of the draft. The revised draft offers, among other changes: an alternative, shortened preamble; a revised formulation of target 14.c on UNCLOS; and a revised introduction to chapter 2 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, which recognizes the different approaches, visions, models and tools available to each country, and reaffirms “Mother Earth” as a common expression in some countries and regions. The Co-Facilitators expressed optimism in the possibility of completing the process on time, and invited comments from representative groups.

Delegates welcomed the progress made in the new draft. However, differences were expressed as to whether or not to retain the preamble, and over references to climate change, the relationship of the post-2015 development agenda with the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action (AAAA), and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR). Zambia, for landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), regretted the lack of mention of LLDCs, especially in relation to trade matters.

Following the regional and representative groups, several countries offered comments on the draft and suggested additional amendments and changes.

Concluding the plenary, Co-Facilitator Kamau thanked everyone for their inputs and added that the meeting will resume on Friday at 10:00 am. He adjourned the meeting at 10:35 pm.

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. Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou, Benin

Majid Al-Suwaidi, United Arab Emirates

Gaspar Frontini Cattivello, on behalf of the European Union

Amb. Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Zambia,
on behalf of the Landlocked Developing Countries

Conference Room 1 was full when the meeting began at 8:40 pm on Thursday

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

Co-Facilitator David Donoghue
consulting with Tony Pipa, United States

Around the Venue

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