TWN Info Service on Finance and Development (Nov13/04)
22 November 2013
Third World Network 

Dear friends and colleagues,

The fifth session of the United Nations Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held next week from Monday, November 25 to Wednesday, November 27, at the UN Headquarters in New York.  The OWG process is a major outcome of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). It will also contribute to the upcoming intergovernmental negotiations on a Post-2015 development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. 

The final report of the OWG, which will comprise a wide range of development issues, including environmental sustainability, social policies, trade, macroeconomic policies, governance, food security, and women's and human rights, will be produced by mid-2014. 

This fifth session covers a broad but significant range of structural issues: "Sustained inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system and external debt sustainability), and infrastructure development, and energy."

Third World Network is pleased to share two briefing papers on the above topics.  The first briefing addresses macroeconomic and financial governance as well as development-oriented trade and investment policies.  The second briefing addresses the gender-related impacts of international trade and investment mainly in the context of developing countries.

With best wishes,
Third World Network

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