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FAO and UNEP lead natural resources theme in final Open Working Group on SDGs


Oceans and seas, forests and mountains, and biodiversity took centre stage at the eighth and final session of the Intergovernmental Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York between 3 and 7 February 2014.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) co-led the preparation of background materials (issues briefs), providing expert panellists on the management of natural resources and hosting a number of side-events for the session.  

It follows FAO’s co-leadership of brief preparation on sustainable agriculture (with IFAD), and food security and nutrition (with WFP and IFAD) for the 3rd OWG in May, which had built on the High Level Consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition, and contribution to numerous other issues briefs related to sustainable development.

The 8th session of the Open Working Group also featured:

  • Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment (1.5 days)
  • Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (1.5 days)

The OWG, which was launched by UN member states at Rio+20 and described by former UNGA President Vuk Jeremić as “the single-most important element of the post-2015 agenda”, will now move into negotiation mode.

Monthly meetings will take place between March and July as members of the OWG craft a set of SDGs to propose to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2014.


See: FAO statement at 8th Open Working Group session – 5 February 2014