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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 Friday, 31 July 2015

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Blue moon rises over the East River as delegates received the latest draft of the outcome document.

2015 Time for Global Action Agenda for People and for Planet Delegates continued to give statements on the 30 July revised version of the post-2015 outcome document on Friday morning. Many welcomed elements of the draft and cautioned against undertaking extensive re-drafting at the current stage of negotiations, with one delegate commenting that the meeting was “within sniffing distance” of an outcome.

Delegates delivered statements through the morning, commenting on the two alternative versions of the preamble, two alternative versions of the climate change paragraph, and issues including water, desertification, children, youth, poverty eradication and good governance. They also continued to express differing views on the relationship of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) with the post-2015 development agenda, and means of implementation.

Switzerland, supported by several countries, called for a broader view of water management to be reflected in the declaration, and for adding sanitation to the human right to safe drinking water.

Many countries, including Ecuador, the European Union, Ghana, Iceland, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru for several Latin American countries, the Philippines, Serbia and Turkey, supported the shorter version of the preamble, while some others called for importing elements of the longer version, or expressed flexibility.

Amb. Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the UN, stressed that the text should speak the language of people whose lives depend on this effort, so they feel represented and hold governments to their commitments, and she called to “clearly state our ambition to be the generation that ends extreme poverty.”

Plenary adjourned at 1:40 pm to enable the Co-Facilitators to draft text changes in consultation with Member States. Delegates received the revised text at 8:00 pm. The plenary reconvened at 12:40 am on Saturday, 1 August, after delegates had time to review the draft. After four hours of comments by delegations, the Co-Facilitators suspended the meeting at 4:45 am to allow further work on the text that might enable adoption by consensus. The meeting will reconvene at noon on Saturday.

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. María Cristina Perceval, Argentina

Khaled Benamadi, Algeria

Sofya Simonyan, Armenia

Amb. Fernando Jorge Wahnon Ferreira, Cabo Verde

Amb. Charles T. Ntwaagae, Botswana

Diego Pacheco Balanza, Bolivia

Derek Brien, Timor-Leste delegation

Henry Tache-Menson, Ghana

Amit Narang, India

Amb. Lourdes Ortiz Yparraguirre, Philippines

Amb. Samantha Power, United States

Lu Mei, China

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The UN flag outside UN Headquarters

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