You are here
Authorities call for global, unified development agenda
Bogotá—At the closing session of a regional conference in Bogotá, Colombia, authorities from several Latin American and Caribbean countries and international experts agreed on the urgency of building a global, unified, comprehensive and equitable post-2015 development agenda that is relevant to everyone.
The Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20, which began on March 7 in Bogotá, was organised by the Government of Colombia and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac) and was attended by all United Nations agencies in the region, as well as intergovernmental and civil-society organisations.
The meeting was held as the region’s first step towards adopting a regional perspective on examining progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda, as well as the agreements adopted at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in June 2012. The closing ceremony was attended by Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of Eclac, Alva Baptiste, minister of foreign affairs, International Trade and Aviation of Saint Lucia, Antonio Patriota, minister of foreign affairs of Brazil, and María Ángela Holguín, minister of foreign affairs of Colombia.
Bárcena said participants had come to the meeting “to listen to each other, to rediscover the value of being together and to enrich our own reflections with the invaluable input of others’ views. We are living in a time of unprecedented regional unity, and we have a historic opportunity to jointly rethink an equality-based development paradigm.” Baptiste said: “Discussions have been focused and productive, and we now have much information to guide us in our ambitious post-2015 development agenda.”
Patriota said in recent years discussions on sustainable development had become more important and in depth, while MDGs had inspired new enthusiasm for action in the international community. The post-2015 agenda will therefore have two complementary dimensions: continued advances in MDGs and a consolidation of the results of Rio+20.
Holguín stated: “We should all consider the success of this meeting as an incentive to continue working together as a region, with the constructive attitude that has guided these discussions…This Latin American and Caribbean meeting is an important guideline for the deliberations of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.”
Over three days, participants discussed the challenges facing the region in terms of building a more ambitious post-2015 development agenda that promotes growth with greater cultural awareness, solidarity with the most vulnerable societies, inclusion, protection, social equality and environmental sustainability. The event was attended by the ministers of foreign affairs of Guatemala, Fernando Carrera, and Costa Rica, Enrique Castillo, as well as vice-ministers from several countries.
Also in attendance were Heraldo Muñoz, chair of the United Nations Development Group—Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG-LAC), Amina J Mohammed, special advisor of the UN secretary-general on Post-2015 Development Planning, Gisela Alonso and Patricia Espinosa, members of the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda set up in July 2012, and Minister María Ángela Holguín. The inter-agency UN document Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean Follow-up to the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 and to Rio+20 was presented during the conference, includes contributions from 17 United Nations agencies in the region, and was coordinated by Eclac.
The report states the need for a new development model based on structural change for equality and environmental sustainability. According to the inter-agency publication, global governance for sustainable development should be based around fair trade, technology transfer, international financial reform and new funding mechanisms, the promotion of South-South cooperation and the strengthening of social participation mechanisms. The conference was preceded by the Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century, which was also held in Bogotá on March 5 and 6. (CMC)
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff. Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Please help us keep out site clean from inappropriate comments by using the flag option.
Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments. Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.