The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will start in Costa Rica

Some 750 delegates from 33 member countries of the regional bloc confirmed their participation in the event organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), face to face and in a virtual format.

The Forum will be opened by the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, as President of ECLAC Pro-Tempor, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohamed, and Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Barcena.

According to the source, the highest authorities and representatives of governments, the United Nations system, international institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society will review the progress and challenges facing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.

In addition, the Regional Forum will seek to provide useful opportunities for peer learning through voluntary reviews, exchange of best practices, and discussion of common goals.

Its conclusions will be sent directly to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, a global follow-up mechanism for the 2030 Agenda that meets each July in New York.

ECLAC indicated that Barcena will use the meeting to present the fifth report on regional progress and challenges for the 2030 Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean, titled A Decade of Action to Change the Times.

For his part, Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Rodolfo Solano, will unveil an innovative recovery funding agenda document.

The fifth meeting of the Forum will hold five thematic tables dealing with development in transition and the urgent need to move towards a renewed international cooperation for development, and statistical, quantitative and regional monitoring of the sustainable development goals.

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In addition, natural disasters and asymmetry of climate change in the Caribbean, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for sustainable recovery, education and gender equality as a fundamental human right of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Among the details of the meeting are the official celebrations of International Women’s Day tomorrow, in which ministers and high-level officials of the mechanisms for the advancement of women, as well as high-level representatives of the United Nations and civil society, will participate.

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