Useful resources and events linked to OWG 8

As the Eighth session of the Open Working Group (OWG 8) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continues today (and finishes on February 7th), has compiled a round-up of events and resources linked to the session:

Useful Resources

– IISD’s full coverage of OWG8, and its summary of proceedings for Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of February
-The full set of issue briefs prepared by the technical support team to the OWG.
-The full set of briefs on OWG topics, including OWG 8, by the UN-NGLS.
-The UN Development Group’s issue brief on the topics of OWG 8.
Stakeholder Forum’s analysis of the suggested goals relating to the topics of OWG 8. 

Events linked to OWG

*February 5th*

Briefing on the Global Thematic Consultation on Governance and thePost-2015 Development Framework

Side event of the 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Wednesday 5 February 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York

From October 2012 through March 2013, the Governance consultation provided a platform to discuss governance and accountability bottlenecks in the context of the MDGs. The consultations consisted of a series of regional meetings in Africa, the Arab region, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia, as well as an expert meeting on measurement, e-discussions, and a final meeting at the Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa. Throughout the consultation, a strong consensus emerged among participants on the relevance of governance as a foundation for sustainable development. The Briefing will present the consultation’s outcomes at the UN Headquarters in New York, as a contribution to the intergovernmental processes on Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 development agenda.


Moderator: Ms. Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University

>1pm Arrival of participants
>1:15pm – 1:20pm Welcome Remarks
H.E. Mr. Hans Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations
>1:20pm – 1:30pm Keynote Introduction
H.E. Mr. Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations
>1:30pm – 1:45pm Post-2015 Governance Thematic Consultation: Process and Outcomes
Mr. Craig Mokhiber, Chief, Development and Economic and Social Issues, OHCHR
Mr. Olav Kjørven, Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
>1:45pm – 2:00pm Keynote Address
• Mr. Jeffery Huffines, CIVICUS
>2:00pm – 2:30pm Interactive Discussions

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A world without violence against children

Side Event on Post 2015 Agenda 5th of February – Conference Room 6 – North Lawn Building 1.15pm -2.30pm

A GOAL to ensure all children live a life free from all forms of violence, are protected in conflicts and disasters and thrive in a safe family environment.

Event organized by the Government of Canada, the Government of Paraguay, SRSG on Violence against Children, UNICEF, Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision, SOS Children’s Villages International, Child Fund Alliance.


  • H. E. Mr Guillermo Rishchynski, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
  • H. E. Mr José Antonio Dos Santos, Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the United Nations
  • Children involved in consultations on post-2015 agenda in Albania and Uruguay.
  • Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against children
  • Diah Siaminarsih, Assistant Special Envoy of the President of Indonesia on the Millennium Development Goals for Program Planning and Community Partnerships
  • Jim Emerson, Secretary-General, Child Fund Alliance
  • Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF
  • Werner Obermeyer, Executive Director Ad Interim, World Health Organization Office at the UN

*6th of February*

-Social Accountability to Ensure Empowerment and Realize Rights in the post- 2015 Framework: Women- and Youth- Led Approaches

Join the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations, CARE, The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the International Planned Parenthood Federation for a discussion about the critical importance of women’s and young people’s meaningful participation in setting progressive benchmarks and monitoring progress in achieving their rights under the post-2015 framework.

Speakers will discuss guiding principles, approaches and tools for enabling the participation and leadership of women and youth in governance and social accountability. They also will share recommendations for strengthening systems of accountability that link participatory monitoring at the community and sub-national levels with national- and global-level accountability mechanisms.


  • Moderator: Ms. Ana Peña, Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations
  • Sherine Ibrahim, Deputy Director for Regional Programs in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, CARE International
  • Betsy McCallon, Executive Director, The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
  • Laura Malajovitch, Regional Advocacy Officer, International Planned Parenthood Federation

What: Side Event Panel Discussion of the 8th Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
When: February 6th, 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Where: Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017 (Corner of 44th St and 1stAve, 5 minutes walk from UN Headquarters)

Light lunch will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to by February 5th

The President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. John W. Ashe, invites civil society representatives with a valid UN grounds pass to a special interactive briefing to be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

-Interactive briefing with civil society

Programme details are: Date/time: 6 February 2014 from 1:15pm – 2:45pm; Venue: United Nations Headquarters, New York, 1st Avenue and 43rd Street

The event will be live webcast. The hastag of the event is #UNPGA68SCO.

The briefing will take place in advance of the three (3) high-level events and three (3) thematic debates that the General Assembly President will host in 2014 as a contribution to the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda, namely:

High-level events

  1. Contributions of women, the young and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda (6-7 March);
  2. Contributions of South-South, North-South and Triangular Cooperation and information and communication technologies for development to the post-2015 development agenda (20-21 May); and
  3. Human rights and the rule of law in the post-2015 development agenda (17-18 June)

Thematic debates

  1. Water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post-2015 development agenda (18-19 February);
  2. Role of partnerships and their contributions to the post-2015 development agenda (9-10 April); and
  3. Ensuring stable and peaceful societies (24-25 April).

The primary objective of the briefing will be to inform and encourage the contributions of civil society and other relevant stakeholders in the events. The session will include a general briefing on the six events, followed by a Q&A with representatives of civil society organizations, major groups and other relevant stakeholders who will have the opportunity to focus their interventions on key issues that they would like to see reflected in the framework of the President of the General Assembly’s events. The interventions have the potential to contribute to the substantive background papers that will be prepared for the six events.

The concept papers are available via the UNGA website.

-You can also access the full list of OWG 8 events on Gender, as well as yesterday’s round-up of  other OWG 8 related events.

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