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Open Working Group Proposed Goals and Targets (as of 2nd June)

Open Working Group Proposed Goals and Targets (as of 2nd June)

One of the main outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Rio+20 did not elaborate specific goals but stated that the SDGs should be limited in number, aspirational and easy to communicate. The goals should address in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

A 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly was tasked with preparing a proposal on the SDGs. The Open Working Group was established on 22nd of January 2013. In August 2014, the OWG produced a proposal on sustainable development goals, for consideration and appropriate action by the UN General Assembly.

The proposal is made of 17 goals and 169 targets. It features a number of references to persons with disabilities and a specific goal on health, including a target to end epidemics of neglected tropical diseases by 2030 and achieve universal health coverage.

Full report of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals is issued as document A/68/970, available at