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UN Open Working Group releases “refined” zero draft on SDGs

Co-chairs Macharia Kamau (Kenya, right) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) during an Open Working Group


A revised zero draft on proposed sustainable development goals and targets has been released (30 June) by the Co-Chairs of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In their letter to Permanent Representatives of Member States to the United Nations, Co-Chairs Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) said their modifications to the new document reflected “priorities” and “areas of agreement” of the OWG, which completed its 12th session on 20 June. 

“We have adjusted the document to more closely reflect areas of agreement and expressed priorities,” read the letter. “We have also sought to simplify and harmonize the phrasing of some of the goals. And, as promised, we have tightened the draft by substantially consolidating the number of targets.”

While the number of goals (17) remains the same as the initial zero draft released on 2 June, many targets originally listed under Goal 17, relating to means of implementation, have been applied to specific goals in the revised draft.  

See: Zero draft on proposed goals and targets | Co-Chairs letter

The Group, which will meet again for informal-informals from 9-11 July and finally at a 13th session from 14-18 July, is expected to propose a set of SDGs to the UNGA 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 final Member State negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.