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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ("Rio+20", June 2012), was an agreement among the world’s governments to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals aim at addressing and incorporating the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and their interlinkages in a balanced way.

An intergovernmental UN Open Working Group (OWG) was set up on 22 Jan 2013 by the UN General Assembly. It is tasked with developing a set of proposed SDGs during 2013 and 2014, to be submitted to the UN General Assembly for approval in 2015.

Alongside governments, there are nine Stakeholder-Major Groups participating in this process. ICSU, ISSC and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, WFEO, are co-organising partners for the Science and Technology Community Major Group.

DIVERSITAS is contributing to this process, upon invitation by ICSU and ISSC, as part of the Science and Technology Community Major Group's input.

The United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UN-DESA), ICSU and ISSC jointly organised an Expert Group Meeting on "Science and Sustainable Development Goals" at UN headquarters in New York from 20-21 March 2013. This provided the scientific community an entry point into the work of the intergovernmental Open Working Group on SDGs.

The OWG is hosting during 2013-14 a series of 8 meetings on different thematic areas to collect input from governments and civil society on a series of eight thematic areas.

DIVERSITAS contributed to the themes of "Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport" (7th meeting, 6-10 Jan 2014) and "Oceans, seas, forest and biodiversity" (8th meeting, Feb 2014):

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