Between April 22 and 26, 2019, the third meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development was held at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago de Chile. Representatives of governments, civil society, private sector, academia, and international organizations, joined the regional meeting.
The LAC Forum 2030 is recognized as a platform for regional coordination among different actors to review progress and challenges in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This year its third version was held, with the participation of more than 1000 attendees: “… 153 delegates from 33 countries, 25 of them from the region, in addition to 20 representatives of the agencies, funds and programs of the United Nations and 18 from intergovernmental organizations. Of the total of assistants the majority was composed by women (51% against 49% of men)” (ECLAC, 2019).
Annually, the meeting is convened by the member state that holds the Presidency of the Committee and meets under the auspices of ECLAC. On this occasion, it was up to Cuba to preside (ECLAC, 2019).
Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, April 22-26, 2019, Santiago de Chile. Photo: © Carlos Vera / CEPAL
As a result of the 5-day meeting, the Intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations of the third meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development where presented.
In addition, the final document of the Second High-Level Conference of the United Nations on South-South Cooperation (PABA + 40), held last March in Buenos Aires, was received, committing to its implementation (ECLAC, 2019).
At the meeting, the Quadrennial report on regional progress and challenges in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean prepared by ECLAC, together with United Nations agencies, funds and programs, was also presented. The report mentions Cepei’s work twice (see pages 73 and 105).
After the closing of the Forum, Cepei made a brief analysis, highlighting the main results of the meeting (in Spanish):
Cepei actively participated in the third meeting of the Forum, given its leadership among the Latin American and Caribbean countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. We where part of three parallel events where we discussed the role of the LAC region in terms of data and what concrete actions should be taken to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th, 2019
The Governance Coordinator of Cepei, Javier Surasky, participated in the parallel event “Analysis of National Voluntary Reviews from an Independent Perspective”, Organized by World Vision, Together 2030, the World Movement for Children of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Cepei, where Representatives of the Major Groups and other stakeholders explained how the global mechanism works and how regional actors can participate.
The meeting was an opportunity to present the Comparative analysis of the National Voluntary Reviews presented by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (2016-2018) [in Spanish], which contains references to incorporation of the SDGs at the national level; Means of implementation; Data for development, among others. Check the document here.
Javier Surasky, Governance Coordinator of Cepei, at the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, April 22-26, 2019, Santiago de Chile. Photo: © Cepei
“Something to be highlighted within the VNRs presented by the countries of the region, is that parliaments/congresses are the least included stakeholder in the institutionalization of implementation and national follow-up of the 2030 Agenda”.
“3 of the 33 countries in the region have submitted two VNRs. In all cases, a very weak continuity between the first and second reports could be observed”.
“The voluntary guidelines for VNRs proposed by the Secretary General of the United Nations are not duly taken into account by States when preparing their reports”.
–Javier Surasky, Cepei
THURSDAY, APRIL 25th, 2019
The Data Coordinator of Cepei, Fredy Rodríguez, was invited to participate in the parallel event “Big Data and Privacy”, organized by the Hernán Santa Cruz Library of ECLAC. Together with representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile, the Government Laboratory, and UN Global Pulse, the challenges of data privacy to the measurement of the SDGs were explored.
During the event, we launched the document Legal Barriers to big data within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America, by Carlos Cortés and Emmanuel Vargas. The paper explores the legal dilemmas faced by countries in the LAC region such as Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in terms of legal foundations for data processing, transfer of information to third countries and compliance with data security obligations. Check the document here.
Fredy Rodríguez, Data Coordinator of Cepei, at the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, April 22-26, 2019, Santiago de Chile. Photo: © Cepei
“It is essential to disclose practical cases that show the potential of data as a solution to social, economic, political and cultural problems that can affect a community and a country.”
“Data is a tool for social good as it allows to visualize strengths, weaknesses & opportunities to improve the current situation of a country, and monitor the progress & contribution of its different actors to the achievement of the SDGs”.
“A fundamental principle when sharing data is honesty and trust: creating a link between the two parties allows us to ensure a common language when defining the purposes of the agreement and its use”.
-Fredy Rodríguez, Cepei
FRIDAY, APRIL 26th, 2019
Cepei was also represented at the regional meeting by our Director, Philipp Schönrock, who was part of the Dialogues on the first four-year cycle of review of the Sustainable Development Goals: “Integrated vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: critical links for implementation” .
The meeting, moderated by Ambassador Juan Somavía, former Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and former Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations, was also joined by David Barkin, Professor and Researcher in the Department of Economic Production at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), Mexico; Paul Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration of Antigua and Barbuda; Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Marina Arismendi, Minister of Social Development of Uruguay; and Camila Zepeda, Director-General for Global Issues of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
Bases on an integral perspective, the panelists analyzed the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and means of implementation, identifying emerging challenges and shared goals to achieve the SDGs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Philipp Schönrorck, Director of Cepei, at the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, April 22-26, 2019, Santiago de Chile. Photo: © Cepei
“We must avoid that the SDGs become a formal check-list. Instead, they should be the engine of a transformative and holistic agenda of tangible results“.
“Countries have defined governance structures for the national implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. There are a total of 29 institutional structures to implement the SDGs in Latin America and the Caribbean“.
“Environmental data presents the most deficiencies in the LAC region. We must advance in its improvement to maintain an informed and integrated progress towards Sustainable Development”.
-Philipp Schönrock, Cepei
These are the documents that Cepei launched during the Forum
Documents presented as a result of the Forum
- Intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations
- Quadrennial report on regional progress and challenges in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Live broadcast of the “Big Data and privacy” side event with the participation of the Data Coordinator of Cepei | Thursday, April 25, 2019
- Live broadcast of the Dialogues on the first four-year cycle of review of the Sustainable Development Goals with the participation of the Director of Cepei | Friday, April 26, 2019
- Check out the series of interviews conducted by ECLAC during the Forum here
Find the official photos of the Forum in the Flickr account of ECLAC
- Check out all about the Forum on the Twitter and Facebook accounts of ECLAC with the hashtag #LACForum2030
- Find all about Cepei’s participation in the Forum on our Twitter and Facebook accounts