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Special Adviser on Post-2015 Outlines Next Steps [viewed]

In a letter to stakeholders, the UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning highlighted the outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outlined next steps in the process to agree on the post-2015 development agenda. Amina Mohammed conveys UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's appreciation for the “constructive engagement” of Major Groups and other Stakeholders with the OWG, which she says “significantly contributed to this comprehensive and transformative proposal."

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OWG Co-Chairs Reflect on Consensus Outcome[viewed]

In a letter to Member States, the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) express their hope for the far-reaching impact of the outcome agreed at the 13th and final session of the OWG (OWG 13), held on 14-19 July 2014. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, note that the Group's report was approved with “only a handful of expression of reservations on some targets,” and is "truly indicative of a global consensus."

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Multi-stakeholder Group Discusses Engagement in Post-2015 Process[viewed]

The UN Millennium Campaign organized a meeting and teleconference of the Multi-stakeholder Post-2015 Outreach Strategic Planning Group, to inform participants about next steps in the post-2015 process and opportunities for civil society engagement. The briefing covered: reflections on the Open Working Group (OWG) and on the way forward; the “stocktaking event” of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) president; the 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference ‘2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda'; and the Action 2015 initiative and civil society campaigning and mobilization plans.

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CBD Reacts to Recognition of Biodiversity in SDG Proposal[viewed]

Biodiversity and ecosystems are included throughout the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD describes the OWG's final outcome as “extremely positive from the perspective of the CBD and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,” noting the agreement sets the stage for better links between the implementation of the CBD's agenda and the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN Decade of SE4ALL Launched in Europe[viewed]

The Scottish government has hosted the European launch of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), which will take place from 2014-2024. The event follows the global launch of the Decade, which took place in New York, US, on 5 June, during the first SE4ALL Forum.

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UNICEF Reviews SDG Proposal from Child Rights Perspective[viewed]

“There is much to celebrate for children in the goals and targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG),” declares a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report, ‘A Post-2015 World Fit for Children: A Review of the OWG Report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a Child Rights Perspective,' welcomes proposed goals and targets related to children while stressing the need to maintain progress for children's rights in negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Australia Briefs Member States on G20 Agenda 2014[viewed]

The Group of 20 will focus on promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes, and making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks, as the priorities of its 2014 presidency. Daniel Sloper, Special Representative for the G20 of Australia, held a briefing for UN Member States on 24 July 2014, in New York, US.

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ECOSOC Adopts Provisional Agenda, Themes for 2015 Session[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has adopted the provisional agenda and agreed on themes for the 2015 and 2016 sessions. The organizational session for ECOSOC's 2015 segment took place in New York, US, on 21-22 July 2014.

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UN Agencies Respond to OWG Outcome[viewed]

UN agencies began responding to the proposal of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), after the OWG concluded its work on 19 July 2014 with recommendations for 17 possible goals and 169 targets.

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Civil Society Reacts to Proposed SDGs[viewed]

In reaction to the final outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which it proposed SDGs at the conclusion of the 13th session (OWG 13), a number of Major Groups and civil society organizations have released papers and press releases commenting on the proposal. The majority of reactions suggest the outcome is a significant step forward, while also highlighting specific concerns. Many groups expressed appreciation for the OWG's inclusiveness, noting that full and meaningful participation of civil society is being recognized as an essential aspect of the new global agenda.

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