After 16 months of deliberations, the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals adopted by acclamation this Saturday (19 July 2014) at the United Nations a set of 17 proposed goals that will be submitted to the General Assembly in September, and will jump start the final phase of negotiations before the adoption a new UN development agenda in 2015.
The report is available in the following link:
For some there is still a long road ahead towards a more concise and limited set of global priorities. Others might have different views on missing issues, alternative wording, level of ambition and framing of the goals and targets. Development is never an easy process, especially when needs to be sustainable and agreed among 192 countries. Overall the Group delivered a great outcome articulating the most pressing global issues in a consistent way and reaching compromise solutions on very sensitive issues. Following a 36 hours marathon negotiating session the sentiment in room on Saturday morning was that this was the best possible result.
In particular, the combination of inclusive growth and decent work for all into a sustainable development goal is most welcome! Targets on social protection/social protection floors, decent work for all, youth employment, labor rights, child and forced labour, fomalization and SMES, skills development are also outstanding commitments for a truly transformative post 2015 development agenda.
So far so good... but looking forward to the coming chapters.
Please have a look at our short summary:
Vinicius Carvalho Pinheiro
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