EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The current context is full of challenges for institutions and democracies. Although sustainable development is going through a critical moment, Cepei’s Flagship Report 2024 is based on the conviction that this is a year for Latin America and the Caribbean to play a leading role in multilateral scenarios and thus lead a path favoring dialogue between countries based on consensus for action.

There are many opportunities to achieve this. In addition to holding the presidency of the UN General Assembly of Ecosoc and the political group of G77+China countries, the region will host international meetings such as COP 30 on climate change, COP 16 on biodiversity, the Conference on Small Island Developing States and the Global Data Forum, among other processes, in a period of only three years (2023-2025).

Cepei insists that increasing the quality of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), which is still insufficient, is currently the most crucial step in unblocking obstacles and definitively accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will only be possible by increasing the participation of all actors, such as the private sector.

The Flagship Report 2024 also sheds light on critical aspects that cut across sustainable development, such as the governance structures established by each country to drive the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the mechanisms for integrating new technologies to avoid further widening digital divides.

Finally, the document provides the information necessary for the different actors to accelerate the implementation of global agreements that must be fulfilled as a matter of urgency. By taking advantage of this year’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July and the Summit of the Future in September, a step towards achieving the SDGs can be made.

Each chapter delves into a specific topic crucial to accelerating sustainable development agendas, providing examples and including valuable insights from external experts.

Among the actions to be taken, the following are highlighted:

  • The region must rebuild its regional policy dialogue spaces.
  • Quality in SDG implementation and reporting should be prioritised.
  • Strengthening data production and management should be geared towards evidence-based planning.
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