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UN Open Working Group adopts Outcome Document on SDGs



The United Nations Open Working Group (OWG) has adopted by acclamation a proposal for 17 goals and 169 targets on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its 13th and final session in New York.  

Some 16 months after its opening, the OWG - mandated by the Outcome Document (The Future We Want) of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) - concluded its work on 19 July following a marathon last day that ended with OWG members congratulating Co-Chairs Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) on the final reading of the document.

The report, which will now be proposed to the General Assembly (UNGA) in September, is a significant input to the post-2015 development agenda, the process that will determine a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015.


Among the 17 proposed goals are

- End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture (Goal 2);

- Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (Goal 14);

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests,  combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss (Goal 15).

Focusing its post-2015 work on 14 themes, FAO, which co-led and contributed to material preparation for many of the eight OWG stocktaking sessions between March 2013 and February 2014, is also closely associated with a number of other proposed goals, notably:

- End poverty in all its forms everywhere (Goal 1);

- Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (Goal 6);

- Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (Goal 12).

Following the report of the OWG on SDGs to the UNGA, the UN Secretary-General will release a post-2015 synthesis report in late 2014 before final Member State deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda commence early next year. A new set of global development goals to succeed the MDGs is expected to be endorsed at a high-level summit in September 2015.