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The UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group concludes, endorsing Goal on Cities & Human Settlements
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Source: Communitas

Established in January 2013, the UN SDGs Open Working Group (SDGs OWG) was tasked with proposing an aspirational set of goals and targets to the UN General Assembly by September 2014. The emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to officially succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at a special MDGs-SDGs Summit in September 2015.

The SDGs OWG adopted a highly innovative and collaborative approach in which 70 UN Member States were grouped into "troikas" sharing a total of 30 seats. After holding eight thematic sessions between March 2013 and February 2014, the Co-Chairs of the SDGs OWG (H.E. Mr. Csaba Kõrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya) released 19 focus areas for consideration in the SDGs.

In March 2014, the Open Working Group transitioned to a negotiation phase, holding five sessions between March and July 2014. After 18 months and a final session that featured a 16-hour marathon of overnight negotiations, the Group approved by consensus 17 goals and 169 targets.

DownloadFinal Report of the SDGs Open Working Group (PDF)

List of Goals proposed by the SDGS Open Working Group

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all

5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all

8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The General Assembly will continue SDG negotiations within its traditional member-state system of representation (i.e. removing the "troikas”). Negotiations will be based on the Secretary-General’s Report in Q4 2014, culminating in a MDGs-SDGs Summit in September 2015.

SDG 11. Make Cities & Human Settlements inclusive, Safe, Resilients and Sustainable

11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrade slums

11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

11.3 By 2030 enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacities for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

11.5 By 2030 significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of affected people and decrease by y% the economic losses relative to GDP caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with the focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations

11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality, municipal and other waste management

11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities

Means of Implementation

11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

11.b By 2020, increase by x% the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, develop and implement in line with the forthcoming Hyogo Framework holistic disaster risk management at all levels

11.c Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, for sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials.

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