EUCC Sponsored Webinar Discussing How UN Sustainable Development Goals Will Set Agenda, Goals and Targets for European and Global Sustainability

by Magdalena A K Muir

This free EUCC sponsored webinar UN Sustainable Development Goals Setting Agenda for Sustainability will take place  September 8th, 12 to 2 pm EST.

More information on the webinar, including registration available here

Registration is at Eventbrite here


The webinar presentation and moderated discussion will introduce and discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were released in the July 19th, 2014 consensus Outcome Document negotiated by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. This Outcome Document will be considered by the UN General Assembly in the fall 2014, and has the potential to set European and  national agendas for sustainability.Importantly for coasts and oceans, tghe webinar and discussion will explore goals for marine and terrestrial biodiversity, climate, energy and fishing, , and how these goals, targets and indicators will be implemented in Europe and globally. These SDGs will also drive the future global development agenda and funding, and drive European development aid and the use of  private finance and partnerships to implement these goals in Europe and internationally.


Further Information on Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals and Outcome Document  


Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals (OWG SDGs) webpage

A 30-member Open Working Group of the General Assembly was mandated by the Rio+20 Outcome document to prepare a proposal on SDGs for consideration by the Assembly at its 68th session (Sept. 2013 – Sept. 2014). The Open Working Group was established on 22 of January 2013 by decision of the General Assembly. The Member States have decided to use an innovative, constituency-based system of representation that is new to limited membership bodies of the General Assembly. This means that each seat in the Group is shared by 1-4 Member States. These country teams will decide themselves how they will be represented in the OWG meetings. The Rio+20 outcome document states that, at the outset, the OWG will decide on its methods of work, including developing modalities to ensure the full involvement of relevant stakeholders and expertise from civil society, the scientific community and the United Nations system in its work.


July 19, 2014 Outcome Document of OWG SDGs webpage   (PDF version available here)



Documents and Statements about Negotiations of Sustainable Development Goals


Documents supporting negotiations of SDGs


Closing statement and explanation of position by Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council, at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, New York, NY, July 19, 2014

Closing statement of Netherlands, Australia and the United Kingdom

Closing statement of France, Germany and Switzerland

All July 19th, 2014 Closing Statements




Comments on Outcome Document for Sustainable Development Goals

Convention on Biological Diversity website and Press Release on the Outcome Document


Reactions from Selected Civil Society Organizations to Outcome Document (July 2014)


OWG on SDGs discusses “Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity” (February 3-14, 2014)




Business Input for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and post-2015 Era


International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Global Business Alliance 2015

World Oceans Council

United States Council for International Business (USCIB)


UN Global Compact



Other Related Documents


United Nations Global Sustainable Development Prototype Report (July 1, 2012)

Links here to Report, Chapters, Executive Summary and Briefs. 


European Commission Communication: A Decent Life for all: From Vision to Collective Action 

Within this document the EC stated that the SDGs should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound and established on data and evidence. It also suggested a rights-based approach” that promotes justice, equality, democracy and peace. It supports the the position of the European Union for the creation of a global community and holding all nations responsible for the achievement of the SDGs as mutual accountability at national and international level should be at the core of this mechanism, including monitoring progress on post-2015 goals and targets.”


Global Governance and Global Rules for Development in the Post-2015 Era 

This policy note by the UN gives recommendations on how international cooperation could be reformed and strengthened to achieve and sustain development gains beyond post-2015.


Indicators and a Monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals (July 26, 2014)

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) issued a revised working draft of an indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report proposes an indicator framework for discussion, outlines principles for SDG monitoring and identifies gaps that need to be filled by 2016 to implement the SDGs.


UN General Assembly International Financial System and Development (July 25, 2014)

This report, submitted in response to General Assembly resolution 68/201, reviews recent trends in international official and private capital flows to developing countries and current efforts to strengthen the international financial system, towards the post-2015 development agenda