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Negotiations that led to the adoption, in September 2015 , of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), were concluded in August, on the occasion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. Since 2013, as mandated by the Rio+20 Conference, the United Nations has been discussing a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will guide national policies and activities of international cooperation in the next fifteen years, following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Brazil has participated in all intergovernmental negotiation sessions. The agreed proposal contains 17 goals and 169 targets, covering a broad range of issues, including poverty eradication, food security and agriculture, health, education, gender equality, reduction of inequality, energy, water and sanitation, sustainable production and consumption patterns, climate change, sustainable cities, protection and sustainable use of the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, inclusive economic growth, infrastructure and industrialization, governance, and means of implementation. Click here for the full version of the SDGs proposal (in Portuguese). 

Brazil has played a fundamental role in the implementation of the MDGs and has shown great commitment in the process surrounding the SDGs, with representation in the various committees created to support the post-2015 process. Having hosted the first Conference on the Environment and Development (1992 Earth Summit), as well as the 2012 Rio+ 20 Conference, Brazil has an important role to play in promoting the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Brazilian innovations in terms of public policies are also regarded as contributions to the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

The national coordination of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs resulted in the document "Guiding Elements of the Brazilian Position", based on the works of seminars with representatives of civil society, on workshops with representatives of municipal entities organized by the Secretariat of Institutional Relations of the Presidency and by the Ministry of Cities; and on deliberations of the Interministerial Working Group on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which gathered 27 ministries and bodies of the federal public administration. Click here for the document containing the guiding elements of the Brazilian position.

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