Brazilian Ministries meet for a second time to identify common goals and positions on the Sustainable Development Goals.

On June 9th, representatives from 25 ministries, from the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Itamaraty) to the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA), convened in Brasilia for the second meeting of the Interministerial Working Group on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. This group was created in March of this year to organize the Brazilian position related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During this last meeting, the group was updated on developments in the post 2015 process and participants had the opportunity to express their perspectives and concerns, providing input for the Brazilian negotiators. The chair, Ambassador José Marcondes, distributed a draft based on the feedback received from the ministries after the first meeting. Participants were requested to review the proposed text and prioritize their topics, which will become part of the Brazilian official position on sustainable development. The Interministerial group celebrated civil society’s growing interest in the SDGs, following a February debate in Rio de Janeiro on the post 2015 development agenda as well as during the Social Participation Arena, held in Brasilia last May. The former event was co-organized by the RIO+ Centre to collect inputs from civil society about SDGs and the latter, moderated by the RIO+ center’s director, was part of a series of events promoted by the Brazilian government on SDGs and Millennium Development Goals.

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