The Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued the "zero draft" of goals and targets.
Titled ‘Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post2015 Development Agenda,' the zero draft proposes 17 SDGs to be attained by 2030, as well as associated targets. OWG Co-Chairs Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, note in their 2 June letter to all UN Member States that the zero draft includes a proposed focus area to “reduce inequality within and among countries," which brings the total number of proposed goals to 17.
In the narrative "chapeau" to the Goals, which was previously issued on 12 May 2014, the document states that “poverty eradication is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development,” also recognizing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and natural resource management and protection as essential requirements for sustainable development. It reaffirms, inter alia: the importance of human rights principles, including the rule of law, good governance and gender equality; different approaches and visions to achieve the three dimensions of sustainable development, in accordance with national circumstances and priorities; and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR). The draft recognizes specific challenges faced by each country in achieving sustainable development, while underscoring special challenges facing African countries, least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), as well as the challenges facing middle-income countries (MICs) and countries experiencing conflicts.
Proposed targets focus on specific proposed Goals while also addressing cross-cutting issues. For instance, the goal on ending poverty includes a target on integrating biodiversity conservation measures into national and local development strategies, planning processes and poverty reduction strategies. The draft also notes the need to focus on vulnerable groups, particularly women, in goals on ending poverty, ending hunger, securing water and sanitation for all, among others.
The OWG will resume discussions with "informal-informal" consultations on 9-11 June 2014, during which the Co-Chairs will "take an initial sounding" of delegations' views on the zero draft, and give States an opportunity to consult on the proposed goals, targets, and means of implementation contained in the draft. OWG-12 will convene on 16-20 June.
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