Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals – Join the conversation

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda. It was decided to establish an “inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly”.

The UN General Assembly will on 16 October 2012 hold a special event in order to  provide an initial opportunity for all member states and other participants to engage in discussions on how to develop the SDGs, in line with the relevant provisions agreed in the Rio+20 outcome document.

The discussions will be moderated and led by a panel of speakers from the fields of scientific research and policymaking who will contribute their perspectives and analyses in three main areas:
1) How the SDGs could complement the MDGs and be integrated into the post-2015 agenda
2) How the SDGs could balance the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development
3) How to develop universally applicable goals that at the same time take into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development.

It is expected that this event will inform the initial discussions of the intergovernmental Open Working Group and set a fruitful direction for future discussions on the development of the SDGs.

This is your opportunity to inform the process. Let us know your views by addressing the above three questions through:
–         Rio+20 Facebook:
–         Twitter hashtag: #SDGs
–         Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform:

At the event on 16 October, selected issues and questions will be brought to the panelists for discussion.
Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

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