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OWG Nutrition & Post-2015 Agenda

The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), formed as an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference, concluded its mandate in September 2014 by delivering a report containing a proposal of SDGs to the UN General Assembly for its consideration and further action. A dedicated goal on ending hunger, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture is included in the list of the SDGs proposed by the OWG (dated 19 July 2014). The supporting targets identified under this goal add up to a comprehensive and transformative agenda, which is expected to guide policy decisions and investments in this domain in the coming 15 years. The Outcome Document - Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Member States mandated the UN Secretary General to produce a Synthesis Report taking into consideration all the inputs available from the multiple streams of work, including the OWG outcomes, which was released beginning of December. Another key input is the report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, which has been delivered to the UN General Assembly in August 2014. It includes options for financing the implementation of the new sustainable development framework.

Post-2015 negotiations started in early 2015. The negotiations defined the Post-2015 Agenda in its various components, for adoption at a High-level Summit in September 2015. They were complemented, inter alia, by the Third Conference on Financing for Development that took place in July 2015.

A wide range of stakeholders participated in global, regional and national consultations on a range of issues, including nutrition, associated to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Critically, the implementation of the new agenda is expected to involve all stakeholders – starting from governments, but also including civil society, the private sector, development organizations, the entire UN system, research institutions, and more. Consideration of the implications of the new agenda for policy making, policy coherence, and coordination around nutrition in the context of food security and sustainable agriculture but also other SDGs is critical for successful implementation.

The UN system will continue to support the Post-2015 process by providing technical inputs, information and knowledge and by helping to create spaces for the viewpoints of various stakeholders to bring to the attention of decision makers. 

'Nutrition and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals'

Nutrition needs to figure prominently in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. This technical paper describes the multidirectional linkages between nutrition and the SDGs, argues for much more attention to nutrition among the goals, and encourages dialogue on how to apply best practices at scale to resolve the world's nutrition challenges as quickly as possible.

'Targets and Indicators for Nutrition in the Post-2015 SDGs'

This paper discusses targets and related indicators to monitor, report and account for progress towards improved nutrition in the Sustainable Development Goals. It encourages dialogue on relevant data collection and national information systems needed to provide adequate, timely, high quality and disaggregated data to ensure that progress in nutrition gets measured. The technical paper can be downloaded at the link below.

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