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Around 400 representatives from civil society, academia, indigenous peoples and the private sector from 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean gathered at the conference “Realizing the Future We Want in Latin America and the Caribbean: Towards a post-2015 development agenda,” held in Guadalajara, Mexico on 17-19 April 2013. The conference, organized by the government of Mexico, provided a forum to discuss and enhance regional perspectives in the post-2015 process, adding to the national and thematic consultations organized by the United Nations and to the meetings held by the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP).
The intergovernmental Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs) met on 5 April to continue informal deliberations on its programme of work. While the OWG held a first official meeting in March, it still needs to decide on the specifics of its programme of work for the months ahead. The OWG will hold its next official meeting on 17-19 April in New York, during which it will feature two main discussions; one on the conceptualization of the SDGs and one on poverty eradication.