Santiago, Chile – The annual Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) on Sustainable Development opened on April 24 at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). More than a thousand people, including representatives of government, international institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society, will review the progress and challenges regarding implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.
During the meeting, ECLAC will present the quadrennial report on regional progress and challenges in implementing 2030 Agenda, prepared in collaboration with UN agencies including UNCCD.
“This Forum will also allow the region to speak with one voice, its own voice, in the global debate on implementation of the Agenda 2030, which is a civilizing and transformative agenda that the world has set for 2030. That voice, your voice, expresses shared motivations and concerns, without denying regional diversity, and it is capable of incorporating distinct views. For all these reasons, we invite you to take an active part in this regional gathering,” said ECLAC’s Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena.
The Forum was launched in May 2016 in Mexico City as a regional mechanism for implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Agenda, adopted in 2015 by the 193 countries represented in the UN General Assembly, encompasses 17 goals and 169 related targets in diverse areas of development.