Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: sessions 1 and 2 on Indicators for Goals and Targets

The Monday sessions and the Tuesday morning session focused on member states delivering their concerns about the list of indicators presented by the Statistical Committee for measuring the implementation of the targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Post-2015 agenda. The general notions among member states suggested  that this first draft for the indicators shows there is still a lot of work to be done. The main problem with the current list of indicators can be partially explained by the fact that work had to be accelerated in order to present the list before the current negotiations.

It was acknowledge by most nations that the proper development of the indicators constitutes a crucial part for the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their targets. The Statistical Committee submitted a timeline for the development of the indicators, which has its culmination date by March 2016, along with the preliminary list of indicators to the Chair. This was presented to the General Assambly to ask for comments and reactions.

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Day 1 of the Post-2015 SDG Intergovernmental Negotiations

by Jenna Farineau

Yesterday marked the beginning of the five day “Post-2015 Sustainable Development Intergovernmental Negotiations” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The purpose of this conference is for member states to define the post-2015 development agenda that will be launched at a summit this September in recognition that the millennium development goals will reach their expiration date by the time of that conference. Representing Earth in Brackets and College of the Atlantic at this conference are Aura Silva, Kimberly Lopez, Makiko Yoshida and myself, Jenna Farineau. Read more…

You Could Have It All – Day 5 and Report of OWG12

by khristian méndez //

The 12th session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals has come to an end. At 5pm on friday, co-chair Kamau wrapped up the informal session of negotiations of the OWG, and opened the formal consultations, to be wrapped up 30 minutes later. During all of Friday, we heard the positions from 20+ member states on the final proposed SDG: Means of Implementation.

Means of Implementation (MOI) is not only high on the priority list for many countries, it is indeed a deal breaker for many of them. In general, the day proceeded slow, which some statements taking up to 25 minutes. Given the controversial nature of this proposed goal, there were of course several speakers on the list, so the chairs asked everyone to be brief. Find out more after the jump!

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Heat in the Room – Day 4 OWG12

by khristian méndez //

Temperature has risen in New York City, both on all of the concrete and glass surfaces of this giant man-made complex, as well as in the negotiation rooms. Everybody can agree that we need to eradicate poverty, have access to food, education and health, but as we descend down the list of goals, the views become more and more heated.

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Can we score goals in the right place? – Day 2+3 OWG12

by khristian méndez //

Inside the Headquarters of the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals are being negotiated. Negotiations are taking place not only between governments at the formal and informal negotiations at the ECOSOC Chamber, but also outside of it in bilaterals, between Major Groups and other stakeholders. Chairs are asking to trim down numbers of targets and goals, important issues such as multinational corporations are being brought up, climate change is walking the line between a stand-alone goal and mainstreaming, and civil society is increasingly coordinating across the board. Some of the negotiations have been quite engaging, while some others seem to be mere listing of priorities and “psychological campaigning” as Amb. Kamua said. But there’s another layer of complexity to this process: Across the sea of laptop screens and the murmur of translations, we hear and see transmissions from Brazil, where another, clearly important thing, is at stake: a shiny cup of metal that represents the glory of all humanity.

The state of play here at the UN is as follows:

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