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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

Thirteenth session of the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

14-18 July 2014 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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OWG-13The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continued its 13th session at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, 16 July 2014.

Co-Chair Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, opened the meeting by noting that the “end game” has begun. He likened the OWG to a marathon, where the last mile is “unbelievably mentally and physically challenging.” He added, “Everything in your mind tells you to give up and say ‘this is ridiculous,’ and yet it is the last mile that gives you success.” The OWG is now in the last mile, he said, urging delegations to be focused in order to “cross the finish line” on Friday after this year-and-a-half long marathon.

In the morning, delegates reviewed a revised proposal for the 17 SDG headings. Afterwards, the Co-Chairs took delegates through a second reading of the first 8 goals, based on text revised following the informal-informal consultations held from 9-11 July. These included:

*Proposed goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
*Proposed goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
*Proposed goal 3. Attain healthy lives for all at all ages
*Proposed goal 4. Provide inclusive and equitable quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all
*Proposed goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls everywhere
*Proposed goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
*Proposed goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
*Proposed goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

In the course of discussions, the Co-Chairs reminded Member States that particularly contentious topics would be held for further consideration by small groups, after going through the targets for all 17 goals.
Amb. Elizabeth Cousens, United States
Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, Brazil
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L-R: Co-Chairs Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary
Amb. Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippines
Delegates from the Republic of Korea
The Children and Youth Major Group distributed their amendments to the text on a plate.
Delegates discussed the revised goal headings on Wednesday morning.

Funding for coverage of this Session has been provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
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Session resources

*OWG-13 Website

*Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

*Encyclopedia Groupinica: A Compilation of Goals and Targets Suggestions from OWG-10

*General Information on SDGs

*Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform Website

*Website for OWG-12, 16-20 June 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-11, 5-9 May 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-10, 31 March - 4 April 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-9, 3-5 March 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-8, 3-7 February 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-7, 6-10 January 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-6, 9-13 December 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-5, 25-27 November 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-4, 17-19 June 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-3, 22-24 May 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-2, 17-19 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Website for OWG-1, 14-15 March 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-12, 16-20 June 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-11, 5-9 May 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-10, 31 March - 4 April 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-9, 3-5 March 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage from OWG-8, 3-7 February 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage from OWG-7, 6-10 January 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage from OWG-6, 9-13 December 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-5, 25-27 November 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-4, 17-19 June 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of OWG-3, 22-24 May 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of OWG-2, 17-19 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of OWG-1, 14-15 March 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*Post-2015 Development Agenda Meeting Reporting

*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings

*SDG - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

*SDG - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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