Twelfth session of the Open Working Group Consultations on Sustainable Development Goals and targets and production of refined SDGs and targets

Type:
Meeting or Conference
Organizer:
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development) (UN DESA)
Date:
16-20 Jun 2014
Location:
United States of America (New York City )
Venue:
Two United Nations Plaza, Room DC2-2220
In their closing remarks at the eleventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals on 9 May, the Group’s co-chairs, Ambassador Csaba Kõrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, welcomed the outcome of the week’s deliberations, referring to the very many concrete suggestions on targets made by delegations. The next session of the Open Working Group will be held in New York on 16-20 June.

Ambassador Kamau highlighted four areas in which the co-chairs see a particular need for more work, namely equality, climate change, means of implementation, and ‘peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law and capable institutions.’

He said that, responding to calls from many delegations, the new iteration of the working document would contain an additional goal on promoting equality, bringing the number of focus areas to 17. This new iteration will be issued by the co-chairs shortly. The Ambassador also said that the co-chairs are “very emphatic that it would not be a good idea to end up with too many focus areas,” and encouraged members of the Group to keep thinking of how to cluster some of them better.

The session ended on a high note, with delegations greeting the co-chairs’ proposal on the way forward with acclaim. At the next session, the co-chairs intend to proceed by obtaining agreement on targets one by one. Informal-informals will be held from 9 to 11 June, in the week before the 12th session of the Open Working Group, with the aim of removing potential stumbling blocks to progress. A draft chapeau has been produced and is available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.

As in previous sessions, the Open Working Group continued holding morning meetings with Major Groups and other stakeholders. The Group’s twelfth session will take place from 16 to 20th June.

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