Poverty eradication remains central to reach SDGs

povertyThe fourth session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took place form 17–19 June at UN Headquarters in New York.

Chaired by the Permanent Representatives of Kenya and Hungary, Macharia Kamau and Csaba Körösi, this session focused on employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture, as well as health and population dynamics.  The report of the SG’s High-level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda was presented by its lead author, Homi Karhas, and the Co-chairs met with the representatives of Major Groups and other stakeholders every morning of the session.

In their concluding remarks, the co-chairs underlined the progress that the OWG was making: “We think we are making amazing progress”, said Ambassador Kamau, adding that “the commonality of views and perspectives is something that is giving us great encouragement for the way forward”.

The co-chairs also noted how the issue of poverty eradication kept on coming back as a central overriding theme, and stressed its link with the issues discussed, such as decent and productive work, social protection, education and health care. “There is no poverty eradication without us taking care of these issues, we have to be clear about that”, said Ambassador Kamau.

The concluding remarks by the Co-chairs, statements and presentations made during the OWG, as well as recordings from the session are available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.