Country Profiles: Cepei’s tool for analyzing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in LAC

June 3, 2022

Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015, it soon became critical to monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to follow up on commitments made: eradicate poverty, provide decent working conditions, achieve gender equality, and curb environmental impacts, among others. 

Since 2016, Cepei has analyzed voluntary national reviews (VNRs) submitted by the 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries to the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) to inform decision-makers on SDGs’ national progress. All this information is now available in our Country Profiles! 

This free, interactive tool, helps sustainable development actors make evidence-based, action-oriented decisions. Between 2016 and 2021, 46 VNRs from LAC countries have been presented: 28 first reports, 24-second reports, and 4 third reports. 

Uruguay has submitted the greatest number of reports in the region (4 in total), while Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis have not yet summited any.

Javier Surasky, Governance and Financing for Sustainable Development Program Officer, affirms that “considering we only have eight years to meet the 2030 Agenda, it is more than necessary to accelerate commitments. Our Country Profiles help decision-makers by providing a single tool to access information and adapt it to their needs.” 

Thanks to the Country Profiles, Cepei commits to transparency, providing governments, academia, the private sector, and civil society insights on sustainable development progress. 

What can you find in our Country Profiles?

SDG Tracker

Source: Cepei Country Profiles, 2022
  1. General data: Statistics to understand how each country is progressing in implementing the 2030 Agenda. This includes CO2 emissions, life expectancy at birth, percentage of the total population employed, human development index, female gender development index, and general level of statistical capacity.
  2. National Development Plan: Access to national planning documents for development and Cepei’s analysis of their alignment to the SDGs.  
  3. Institutionality to implement and follow up on the 2030 Agenda: Identification of leading institutions to implement the SDGs in the country.
  4. Country’s position regarding the 17 SDGs: A tracker that provides information on the frequency countries reference the SDGs in their VNRs and during the UN General Assembly annual debate. 
  5. Follow-up reports on implementing the 2030 Agenda, all in one place: Find voluntary national reviews, voluntary local reviews, parallel reports by civil society, and Cepei’s analysis. 
  6. Country’s status regarding environmental treaties: Presents the legal status of each country on the main human rights (universal and inter-American systems) and environmental treaties.

Cepei at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum 2022

The United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the most important global mechanism for assessing and following up on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. This year, it will take place from July 5 to 15.

The theme of the HLPF 2022 will be “building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing towards the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development”. The SDGs under review will be: SDG 4 on quality education; 5 on gender equality; 14 on life below water; 15 on life on land; and 17 on partnerships for the Goals. 

Argentina, Uruguay, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Jamaica and Suriname will present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the Forum. 

Visit and explore their Country Profiles, including detailed information, and learn about their progress towards achieving the 17 SDGs: 

El Salvador

Follow Cepei’s special coverage of the HLPF 2022 on Twitter: @InfoCEPEI

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