Cepei is convinced that ensuring robust reporting is the basis for accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. However, the fact that the quality of VNRs and regional governance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is still insufficient has a negative impact on the monitoring and momentum of the SDGs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This connection demonstrates the urgency of improving the quality of the Voluntary National Reports (VNRs), as this is the only way to increase the number and quality of data used to drive progress on the SDGs, foster joint learning, knowledge sharing, and favor the implementation of efficient and effective, data-driven actions.

However, the political and social landscape is complex in the region, marked by polarization and tensions that hinder dialogue, agreement, and joint work.

What steps can be taken? Two of the major recommendations of the Flagship Report are: to consider within the VNRs the principles of the 2030 Agenda to guide implementation policies and the need for a clearer and more efficient participation of non-governmental actors in the construction of the reports. If all stakeholders in sustainable development do not come together on the same path, it will be difficult to achieve the agreed goals.

That is why it is essential to make every effort to ensure that the spaces designed to promote the meeting of States with stakeholders in sustainable development, i.e. the Regional Forums for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean and the High Level Political Forum, motivate countries to increase the quality of their reports and become action-oriented.

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