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The Open Working Group on SDGs starts its work today

arton4248The intergovernmental Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, established on 22 January 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly in response to the Rio+20 Outcome Document, is holding its first official meeting on 14-15 March in the General Assembly (GA) Hall at UN Headquarters in New York. The draft programme of work can be found here.


Civil society organizations holding an annual UN grounds pass may access the meeting from the balcony of the GA Hall. In addition, on the first day of the meeting (14 March), an interactive panel discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held during the afternoon session. For this event, a limited number of representatives involved with coordinating and delivering statements on behalf of Major Groups will have temporary passes to access the floor of the GA Hall.

After various informal meetings in the past days, Member States being part of the Open Working Group (OWG) decided that the group’s work will be guided by the rules of procedure and practices of the other Committees of the General Assembly. In addition, the meetings will be open to the participation of all Member States. Representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC may participate as observers.

More information on the first meeting of the OWG is available here.

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