Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals releases latest version of Zero Draft

The Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals have released a refined version of their Zero Draft, which contains 17 proposed goals. For a comparison between the orignal and latest versions of the document, please consult the table below:

Goal Zero Draft 2 June 2014         Revised Zero Draft 30 June 2014  

Change(s)

 

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere End poverty everywhere

This goal has not been merged with ‘reduce inequality’ as some members proposed.

Language simplified

 

 

 

2. End hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition for all, and promote sustainable agriculture End hunger, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

‘achieve food security’ reference eliminated

 

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 3.  Attain healthy life for all at all ages  Attain healthy lives for all

Title simplified, to eliminate mention of ‘all ages’.

Added reference to ‘wellbeing’ has not been integrated as was proposed

 

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 4. Provide equitable and inclusive quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all Provide quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all Language simplified
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5. Attain gender equality, empower women and girls everywhere Attain gender equality, empower women and girls everywhere
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6. Secure water and sanitation for all for a sustainable world Ensure availability and sustainable use of water and sanitation for all Emphasis added to  ‘availability’ of water
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7. Ensure access to affordable, sustainable, and reliable modern energy services for all Ensure sustainable energy for all

Language simplified

Less emphasis on ‘access to’ energy

No qualification of energy as ‘affordable’ ‘reliable’ or ‘modern’

 

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8. Promote strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all Added reference to ‘full and productive employment’
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9. Promote sustainable industrialization Promote sustainable infrastructure and industrialization and foster innovation Inclusion of ‘infrastructure’ and ‘foster innovation’
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10. Reduce inequality within and among countries Reduce inequality within and between countries
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11. Build inclusive, safe and sustainable cities and human settlements Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and sustainable Transformation of ‘build’ to ‘make’
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12. Promote sustainable consumption and production patterns Promote sustainable consumption and production patterns
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13. Promote actions at all levels to address climate change Tackle climate change and its impacts
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14. Attain conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas Conserve and promote sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
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15. Protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems and halt all biodiversity loss Protect and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt desertification, land degradation and biodiversity loss Addition of reference to ‘desertification and land degradation’
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16. Achieve peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law, effective and capable institutions Achieve peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice for all, and effective and capable institutions ‘rule of law’ changed to ‘access to justice’
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17. Strengthen and enhance the means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development Strengthen the means of implementation and the global partnership for sustainable development

 

General notes on the latest version of the Zero draft, including proposed targets:

  • There are the same numbers of goals between the two versions of the zero draft
  • In most cases the language of the goal headings is simplified and more succinct
  • The number of targets has been significantly reduced for each goal, e.g. in Goal 2 the number of targets has been reduced from 11 to 5 
  • The wording of the targets has been simplified, with each one now being shorter and more focussed
  • Deadlines for targets are now mostly stated at the beginning of each one, e.g. ‘By 2030...’
  • In some cases where guidelines for change were left unspecified, some have now been specified, some have been replaced by qualitative wording (such as ‘substantially reduce’ rather than ‘reduce by x%’) and in certain places the percentages remain unspecified, particularly in goal 4
  • Certain figures that previously were specified have now been made less stringent (such as goal 3’s aim to reduce the maternal mortality rate from less than 40 to less than 70 live births per 100,000)

To read the latest version of the Zero Draft in its entirety, click here.

To read a blog on the Zero Draft's level of ambition, click here.

Next steps for the OWG on SDGs:

The OWG will meet again for informal-informals from 9-11 July and finally at a 13th session from 14-18 July. The Group is expected to propose a set of SDGs to the UN General Assembly in September 2014.

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