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UN Open Working Group revises focus areas down to 16


The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) will begin consultations on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around 16 rather than the original 19 focus areas following the release of a revised document on 17 April.

OWG Co-chairs Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) put forward the list of 16 focus areas as the working document for the Group’s 11thsession that takes place from 5 to 9 May.

The Group will meet twice more - 16-20 June and 14-18 July - before proposing a set of SDGS to the UNGA at its 68th session in September 2014.

Mandated by the Outcome Document (The Future We Want) of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the report of the OWG to the UNGA is expected to play a significant part in the UN Secretary-General’s synthesis report, the precursor to final Member State negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.