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DIVERSITAS and development of the Sustainable Development Goals

DIVERSITAS, as part of the ICSU delegation, attends the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

J Lubchenco addressing OWG8 © IISD

One of the main outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). The goals should address in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

A 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly, established in January 2013, is tasked with preparing a proposal on the SDGs. This OWG meets for its 8th session from 3 to 7 February 2014 in New-York and is addressing the following topics:

  • Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity;
  • Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance.

The DIVERSITAS community published for this meeting a policy position paper on biodiversity and SDGs as an input into the stock-taking phase gathering evidence and ideas on key issues for sustainable development to be incorporated in the SDGs.

In addition, during the session, the following addresses were made:

More information on OWG8.

Follow the discussions on IISD.

Other DIVERSITAS contribution to the SDGs process on Sustainable cities and human settlements (7th OWG session, 6-10 January 2014, New-York):


More information on ICSU contribution to the SDGs process.

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