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OWG Co-Chairs Reflect on Consensus Outcome

OWG28 July 2014: In a letter to Member States, the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) express their hope for a 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 expressions of reservations on some targets,” and is "truly indicative of a global consensus."

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UNICEF Reviews SDG Proposal from Child Rights Perspective

Unicef LogoJuly 2014: “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, titled ‘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

G20AUSTRALIA24 July 2014: 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, reported on the event during 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

United Nations22 July 2014: 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, from 21-22 July 2014.

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UN Agencies Respond to OWG Outcome

United NationsiomlogoJuly 2014: 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

OWGJuly 2014: 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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UNGA Concludes Structured Dialogues on Technology Facilitation

UNGA23 July 2014: The UN General Assembly held the fourth "structured dialogue" for Member States, the private sector, and civil society to discuss possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The co-moderators of the dialogue will submit a report, along with elements for a procedural resolution, to the UNGA President by the end of July, and expect to receive further guidance in early September.

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UN Officials Welcome OWG Outcome

OWG22 July 2014: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, commented on the outcome of the UN's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting that "Member States have shown a determination and willingness to work together for people and planet that bodes well for the General Assembly's negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda,” and that the proposed set of 17 goals brings together economic, social and environmental issues “like never before.”

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ICESDF Co-Chairs Brief UN Member States, Stakeholders on Committee's Progress

United Nations18 July 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), Pertti Majanen (Finland) and Mansur Muhtar (Nigeria), met with UN Member States and stakeholders on 18 July 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to discuss the Committee's progress and key messages that will be included in the final report from the Committee, which they said is expected to be concluded in August.

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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA

OWG19 July 2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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ILO Calls for Engagement of Labor Sector in Green Economy

ilo-eu18 July 2014: At a Joint Meeting of EU Environment and Labor ministers, hosted by the Government of Italy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) urged the ministers to align their policies on sustainable development. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said a deliberate shift to a greener economy could promote job creation and help mitigate climate change.

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BRICS Launch Development Bank

vi-brics-summit16 July 2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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EEA Highlights Employment, Innovation Benefits of a Green Economy

EEA15 July 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report, titled 'Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies,' which describes a range of policies with environmental and economic benefits that can help Europe create jobs and encourage innovation.

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Civil Society Groups React to Revised OWG Zero Draft

OWGJuly 2014: Several civil society groups provided reactions on the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) revised zero draft prior to the opening of the 13th session of the OWG.

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OWG's Final Session Opens to Agree SDGs

OWG14 July 2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) opened its 13th and final session at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 14 July. The Group aims to complete a full reading of the Revised Zero Draft of goals and targets by Wednesday, 16 July, and finalize its report to the UNGA by Friday, 18 July.

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Experts Discuss Transition from MDGs to SDGs

UNDP9 July 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a panel discussion on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 9 July 2014.

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SDSN Launches Deep Decarbonization Pathways Report, South Asia Network

unsdsn8 July 2014: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) presented its interim report on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report, ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonization,' illustrates options for how major emitting countries can decrease their carbon emissions to achieve a low-carbon economy by 2050.

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FOGGS Issue Advice to HLPF

foggs3 July 2014: Drawing on the work of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP), which was conducted in 2010-2012, the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) has provided advice to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), in order for the HLPF to establish its relevance to the world beyond UN negotiating bodies, and to avoid "becoming another Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)." The recommendations were issued during the second meeting of the HLPF.

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European Commission Adopts Green Employment Initiative

European Union2 July 2014: The European Commission has adopted a communication on the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition towards the green economy. The communication sets out an integrated framework for employment and labor market policies at the EU and national levels to support this transition.

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G-77/China, Others Hold Side Events at First UNEA

unea27 June 2014: The 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) was commemorated during the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 June 2014. The commemoration was one of over 40 UNEA side events, which also included discussions on air quality in African cities, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), sound management of chemicals and waste, illegal trade in wildlife, and green and decent jobs.

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