Caribbean countries reaffirm commitment to UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

MEXICO CITY, Apr. 30, CMC – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), says regional countries have reaffirmed their collective commitment to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to the document  signed by government delegates gathered at the first meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development  which concluded here on Friday in Mexico City, delegates  recognized that governments bear the fundamental responsibility for fulfilling the commitment, stressing the need to foster participation by all relevant stakeholders in the process.

The annual forum was created by the mandate of ECLAC’s member countries during its 36th session – held in May 2016 in Mexico City – as the regional mechanism for implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda.

According to ECLAC, the Agenda, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, establishes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets for the year 2030.

“With the first meeting of this new forum, the Latin American and Caribbean countries have advanced in implementing the 2030 Agenda by engaging in a systematic process of follow-up and review at the regional level, building on existing mechanisms,” said the delegates in their conclusions and recommendations  adding that this “provides useful opportunities for regional cooperation and peer learning, including through voluntary reviews, sharing of best practices and discussion on agreed targets and identified challenges.”

At the event’s closing ceremony, the Foreign Affairs Secretary of Mexico, Luis Videgaray, indicated that, for the government, “it was a privilege to have been the seat of the forum’s first meeting,” which, he said, left behind two significant messages.

“Multilateralism works and is important,” especially “at a time when voices, some of them very powerful ones, are being raised that question this principle of global coexistence,” Videgaray said.

“It has become clear that Latin America and the Caribbean presents itself before the world as a region that exercises its leadership proudly, where precedents are set, and we dare to innovate” to transform the reality of the region and the planet with a common agenda, he added.

Videgaray said there is regional agreement about the need to have institutions and precise instruments of measurement for the SDGs, about the relevance of carrying out peer reviews in a process of collective improvement, and on the existence of national councils or committees, of a state nature, for the follow-up, implementation and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda.

Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, also celebrated the results of the forum’s first session.

“The step forward that we are making today is marvelous,” she said. “You, the countries of the region, have given us an enormous testimony of your commitment.

“What an honor,…

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