Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
One of the main outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs).Rio+20 did not elaborate specific goals but stated that the SDGs should be limited in number, aspirational and easy to communicate. The goals should address in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015. A 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly is tasked with preparing a proposal on the SDGs.The Open Working Group was established on 22nd of January 2013 by decision 67/555 (see A/67/L.48/rev.1) of the General Assembly. The Member States have decided to use an innovative, constituency-based system of representation that is new to limited membership bodies of the General Assembly. This means that most of the seats in the OWG are shared by several countries.The Rio+20 outcome document The Future We Want states that, at the outset, the OWG will decide on its methods of work, including developing modalities to ensure the full involvement of relevant stakeholders and expertise from civil society, the scientific community and the United Nations system in its work, in order to provide a diversity of perspectives and experience.In its first session, the Open Working Group elected two co-chairs. The OWG is co-chaired by Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya.
Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html (English only)
Report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 66/288: N1452893 (English only)
Report of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals: N1450367 (English only)
Progress report of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals: 3238summaryallowg
AP-RCEM SUBMISSION ON STOCK TAKING OF SDGS AND POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA – DEMANDING DEVELOPMENT JUSTICE