The Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals have released a number of documents in preperation for its 10th session taking place from 31 March - 4 April at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Over 50 people from 6 continents and representing more than 30 key platforms and organizations engaged in civil society-led campaigns relating to sustainable development gathered in Istanbul, Turkey on 23-24 February 2014. The meeting was convened by CIVICUS in collaboration with the United Nations, the Overseas Development Institute and the United Nations Foundation. This communiqué summarizes the discussions held in Istanbul.
Beyond 2015 has released their response to the Focus Areas of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. The global civil society campaign's rebuttle expresses concern about: the prioritization of economic growth; no concrete commitment to a universal agenda; and the lack of ambition on human rights and inequality.
The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals held its 9th session from March 3-5 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The 3 day meeting marked the beginning of the OWG's 'output phase', where it will develop its final report, which will include recommendations for the SDGs. During the session delegates considered a list of 19 Focus Areas for the global goals, conducted a joint meeting with the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing and received feedback from Major Groups and other stakeholders on its Focus Areas.
On 13 and 14 February 2014, over 150 civil society representatives gathered in Brussels at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to voice and discuss their positions on the post-2015 development agenda. Participants from local, regional and national authorities, EU and UN level policy-makers, social partners, organisations and networks active in the field of development, the environment, human rights, agriculture and consumer protection; industry, business and academia brought a wealth of perspectives into the debate.