Thursday
Jul242014

IISD analysis of 13th session of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

The IISD has posted its analysis of the 13th session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The OWG completed its mandate following three complete readings of drafts of the proposed SDGs and associated targets during the  “informal-informal” consultations three days prior to OWG-13, from 9-11 July, and the informal sessions of OWG-13 over the course of the five-day meeting. On Saturday, 19 July 2014, following an all-night session, the final formal session of OWG-13 convened at 10:30...

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Wednesday
Jul232014

PGA's Interactive Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The following email has been received from Susan Alzner, UN NGLS about the above mentioned meeting for civil society:

On Tuesday, 26 August 2014 from 1:15 – 2:30 pm at UN Headquarters in New York, H.E. John W. Ashe, the President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, will host an interactive meeting with civil society representatives for the 11-12 September High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda... 

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Monday
Jul212014

Open Working Group adopts Outcome Document on Sustainable Development Goals

After long negotiations, including a marathon session that continued until lunch time of Saturday 19 July, the General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) adopted by acclamation the outcome document with its proposals for the goals and targets for the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

While it would be true to say that no government got exactly what it wanted and that there were serious concerns with the text, there was general agreement not to open up the final version of the text and to adopt it without any amendments... 

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Wednesday
Jul162014

Ambassador of South Africa delivers statement in the Open Working Group on behalf of 58 Member States on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the SDGs and post-2015 development agenda

Joint Statement to the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
13th Session, July 14-18, 2014 – United Nations, New York

Delivered by H.E. Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko of South Africa on behalf of the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu.

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Tuesday
Jul152014

Open Working Group revised proposed goals and targets 4 to11 

The proposed goals and targets 4 to 11 revised after informal informal discussions last week are attached. They, together with those already circulated and for goals 12 to 17 yet to come once the first round of negotiations is completed, will form the basis for the last round of discussions on the goals and targets before the Co-Chairs finalize their report. This will go to the President of the General Assembly and also the UN Secretary-General for inclusion in his Synthesis Report... 

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Monday
Jul142014

Strong civil society recommendation on Goal 3: Attain healthy lives for all at all ages

Non-governmental organziations working on health issues from a variety of different perspectives have come together to make a strong statement on Goal 3: Attain healthy lives for all at all ages. It includes recommendations on such important areas as communicable and non-communicable diseases, universal health coverage and anti-microbial resistance. In addition it strongly supports a strong statement for a separate target (3.1 bis) under goal 3:...

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Monday
Jul142014

UN Secretary-General’s MDG Report for 2014 emphasizes need for “bolder and focused action" on child and maternal mortality

The UN Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goals Report 2014  is now available. It notes the progress that has been made in areas such as halving global poverty; 90% of children in developing regions being enrolled in primary education with a narrowing of disparities between boys and girls; gains in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis; and the meeting of the target of halving the proportion of people who lack access to improved sources of water. Nevertheless, more progress is needed to address child mortality and much more needs to be done to reduce maternal mortality... 

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Friday
Jul112014

Open Working Group – proposed revised goals 1-3

The proposed revised goals, as worked on in the informal meetings of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development during the past two days, are now available.

Sexual and reproductive health has been added to target 1 “3.1 by 2030 reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, including through access to sexual and reproductive health”...

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Tuesday
Jul082014

UN General Assembly President releases concept note on post-2015 stocktaking event

The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the High-level Stocktaking Event on the post-2015 development agenda, which will take place at the UN, 8-9 September 2014. 

According to the note, participants will have the opportunity to: 

  1. Reflect on the key messages from all the high-level events/ thematic debates, and interactive dialogue/briefing, convened by the President of the General Assembly
  2. Discuss the outcomes of the various Rio+20 processes including the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG), the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), the Structured Dialogues on a Technology Facilitation Mechanism and the updates on the High-Level Political Forum

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Thursday
Jul032014

World We Want 2015 consultation on culture and development

The following letter has been received from UNFPA about the culture and development consultation which is taking place on the World We Want 2015 website:

​Dear Colleagues

Greetings to you all. UNFPA, along with UNESCO and UNDP, is co-leading the Culture and Development consultation, one of six dialogues on implementation of the evolving Post-2015 development agenda which will follow the MDGs (Millenium Development Goals). It is a second phase of consultations, following the global, national and online thematic consultations held in 2012-13. 

On themes of how culture relates to development, we are hosting e-discussions and putting out a call for papers on best practices (links below). Themes range from poverty reduction to gender equality, urbanization and climate change, and reconciliation. 

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