Towards the final "Zero Draft" on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations’ Open Working Group tasked with formulating a proposed set of sustainable development goals for 2015-2030, convened their last meeting this week.
Meeting in New York from July 14 to 18, the Open Working Group (OWG) is mandated to finalize the so-called "zero draft" of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will be issued at the end of the work session.
Established in 2012 in accordance with the Rio+20 Outcome Document “The Future We Want”, the OWG is an intergovernmental forum gathering 30 members from the five regional groups of the United Nations. The document currently revised by the delegations builds on the results of a 12-month talking phase. It contains 17 suggested goals and 107 associated targets.
Also, debate is on this week at the United Nations to strengthen added reference to culture and creativity in the document’s preamble as well as under the goals on education (Goal 4), economic growth (Goal 8), sustainable consumption and production (Goal 12) and inclusive societies (Goal 16).
Several initiatives allow stakeholders to influence the discussion, including the #culture2015goal petition launched by six major cultural networks (Agenda 21 for culture, Culture Action Europe, Arterial Network, IFACCA, ICOMOS and the International Music Council). So far, this petition has been signed by more than 600 organizations including Vivendi. In addition, an e- consultation is currently led by UNFPA, UNESCO and UNDP on the WorldWeWant2015 platform.
The SDG final “zero draft” will be reviewed by the UN General Assembly from September 16 to 29. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will then submit a synthesis report in November, in order to prepare the ground for the final adoption of SDGs in September 2015. November 2014 will be crucial since Ban Ki-Moon will also submit his report on the implementation of the 2013 "Culture and Sustainable Development" resolution (find out more in this article): this will provide a one-time opportunity to stress the need to mainstream culture in the post-2015 agenda.
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