NEW YORK (October 10, 2012)– The 67th Session of the General Assembly announces a Second Committee Special Event– a Panel discussion on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals”, to be held at the  Economic and Social Council Chamber, North Lawn Building on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.


The moderator will deliver brief introductory remarks and introduce the four panelists (10 minutes). Each panelist will make a 5‐10 minute presentation, after which the moderator will open the floor for an interactive discussion with the panelists, Member States and other Stakeholders. At the end, the moderator will summarize the key issues raised during the presentations and open discussion period, and will invite each panelist to offer concluding remarks.

Target audience

The special event is intended to stimulate discussion among Member States and other stakeholders on the Rio+20 outcome decision to develop a proposal for sustainable development goals to be considered by the General Assembly during its 68thsession. The expected audience for the event will include Ambassadors to the United Nations, other UN delegates, representatives of UN agencies and the UN secretariat, and representatives of major groups accredited to the United Nations.


10:00 – 10:05 Introduction by the Chair of the Second Committee (TBC)

10:05 – 10:45 Presentations by the Panelists

Moderator: Mr. Andrew Revkin, Senior fellow at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Writer of the Dot Earth blog for the New York Times

Mr. Mootaz Ahmadein Khalil, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations

Mr. Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute

Ms. Kate Raworth, Senior Researcher, Oxfam GB

Mr. Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGDEV)

10:45 – 12:40 Interactive Dialogue

12:40 – 13:00 Concluding Observations by Panelists

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