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Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals discusses Focus Areas document

arton4413The ninth session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held from 3-5 March 2014 at UNHQ in New York. This session was the first negotiation session, after a stocktaking phase from March 2013 to February 2014.




On 3 and 4 March, Member States discussed the 24 February draft of focus areas produced by the OWG co-chairs as a basis for elaboration of sustainable development goals. On the morning of 5 March, a joint meeting between the OWG and the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) took place. Videos of these sessions are availablehere. During the afternoon of 5 March, Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGs) responded to the focus areas document. Statements made by MGs at this session are available here, under the tab “Statements and Presentations.” Additionally, a collation of responses from MGs to the focus areas document is available here, and a summary of these responses is available here.

Ahead of the tenth session of the OWG, taking place from 31 March to 4 April, the co-chairs have shared the following documents, which are available at the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform:
1. a letter regarding the status of OWG work;
2. a revised focus areas document;
3. a proposed list of 8 clusters for the focus areas;
4. an annex suggesting interlinkages among the focus areas; and
5. a draft programme of work for the tenth session.

NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC can register to attend the tenth session of the OWG here. At this session, Major Groups and other stakeholders will again have the opportunity to speak, including during a section of the programme allocated to them on the afternoon of Wednesday, 2 April. For information on how to participate in this process, please contact the Major Groups Organizing Partners.

Subsequently, the OWG is scheduled to hold three more negotiating sessions:
> 11th session (5-9 May 2014)
> 12th session (16-20 June 2014)
> 13th session (14-18 July 2014)

After the conclusion of its negotiations, in accordance with paragraph 248 of the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the OWG “will submit a report to the sixty-eighth session of the Assembly containing a proposal for sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action.”

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