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In spite of the best efforts of Co-Chairs Kenyan Ambassador Kamau and Hungarian Ambassador Körösi there are still 17 “Focus Areas” in the document that is leading to a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with two more sessions to go. There was a rumor that NGOs were going to be shut out of the last two sessions (at the request of some countries) but we were assured that the same format will be followed. The document is generally supported by member states, but it is too long, and the cuts will not be easy.  There is a good spirit in the group, thanks largely to the good humor and diplomatic skills of the Co-Chairs, who are also very open to gathering input from the NGOs!

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