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Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

Last updated: 2/3/2014 // This week, the Open Working Group which discusses possible sustainable development goals for the world after 2015, convenes in New York for its eight and final session. Main topics are oceans, seas, forests, biodiversity, equality, women’s empowerment and conflict prevention. Norway shares a seat in the Group with Ireland and Denmark, and takes active part in the discussions.

The UN held conference Rio+20 underpinned the view on sustainable development as the guiding principle for long-term global development. At the conference the UN member states agreed to start the process of designing sustainable development goals. The goals should be "action oriented, concise and easy to communicate, limited in number, aspirational, global in nature and universally applicable to all countries and respecting national policies and priorities." As a result a 30 member Open Working Group was established on January 22 2013. The group is tasked with preparing a proposal on sustainable development goals for consideration during the 68th session of the General Assembly.

This week the eighth session of the Open Working Group convenes at the UN headquarters in New York from the 3-7th of February. This will be the final "stocktaking" meeting of the group, and will focus on the following topics:

Oceans and seas, forests and biodiversity.

Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and womens empowerment.

Conflict prevention, post conflict, peace building and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance.

In addition an informal consultation will be held on the evening of  February 4th 2014, during which member States will consider how to proceed following the final Open Working Group meeting.

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