Thematic Consultation

SDG Open Working Group

Update 2 April:

We are pleased to share herewith a letter with two annexes (1 and 2) containing an update on the public reactions to the Open Working Group’s Focus Area Document that were submitted to the World We Want platform from 24 February to 28 March 2014.

Update 21 March:

We have now closed the OWG ‘focus area document’ discussion and will convey your submissions to the co-chairs of the OWG shortly. We would like to thank all of you for your valuable contributions.

Please note that the OWG issued a light revision of the document on 19 March, which can be downloaded here together with the letter by the co-chairs of the OWG.

24 February:

The Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its eight information-collection sessions during which they discussed a great number of topics in order to frame the successors of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

The co-chairs of the OWG have released a ‘focus area document that sets out 19 broad issues for consideration where they feel that further action could help the international community realize transformative change for sustainable development. Based on this document, the co-chairs ask UN member states to begin identifying SDGs and accompanying targets at the upcoming sessions of the OWG. The document is prefaced by a letter that provides further detail on the process and emphasizes that the focus areas identified are not exhaustive, and that the document does not preclude inclusion of other issues discussed within the context of the OWG thematic clusters that may not have been captured. [Download letter here]

The discussion is now closed! 

Now that this focus area document is published, we would like to hear your thoughts and encourage you to submit your comments answering the following questions:

  1. Regarding the 'focus areas document' overall: What do you agree with and what is missing? (400 word max)
  2. Per specific focus area, what do you agree with and how would you improve it? (400 word max per area that you choose to respond to)

This is your chance to make your voice heard. Submissions to this open online conversation will be made available to the OWG Co-chairs

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