At Cepei, we believe that the journey toward the 2030 Agenda must be carried out collectively through concrete actions based on evidence. Therefore, one of our main priorities is to analyze how the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are reporting the progress of its implementation. This is the basis for achieving the objectives and meeting the targets set.
While the political and social landscape is turbulent, Cepei found that, despite the problems and challenges facing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, all is not lost. Both governments and non-governmental actors continue to see this roadmap as an ongoing path full of opportunities for work among actors and countries.
However, the quality of the reporting processes, specifically the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) and the institutional mechanisms of the countries in the region, i.e. governance, is still insufficient to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the agreed targets.
More than ever, evidence and data are needed to support key decisions. Cepei’s document analyzed 19 VNRs submitted by Latin American and Caribbean countries through the SDG VNR Quality Tracker tool and found relevant aspects, such as the lack of concrete actions in the measures that the States have taken or plan to take to advance the implementation of the SDGs.
Another of the points needed to advance the 2030 Agenda focuses on the governance established by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to lead the implementation of the goals. Among other things, Cepei’s Flagship Report concluded that regional institutions still fail to exercise leadership when communicating the 2030 Agenda to citizens, despite having the powers to carry out the different processes.
Finally, it was found that the spaces to inform and work on the SDGs, i.e. the Regional Forums for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean and the High-Level Political Forum, still fail to focus on the urgency of regional action for the goals or motivate States to improve their VNRs.