30 Oct 2013
New York - Ambassadors from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries in the United Nations, civil society representatives, and UN System agencies from the region are meeting to discuss the way ahead for the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations and the role the different stakeholders should play in shaping and facilitating the implementation of this new agenda.
As an endorsement of the Millennium Declaration principles, such as poverty eradication, respect to human rights, environmental sustainability and peace and security, a new post-2015 agenda will come about in the next two years that will guide world leaders through a new global development framework.
In his report on the MDGs and the post-2015 process, A Life of Dignity for all, the UN Secretary-General called for universal goals to shape the new agenda, namely to provide economic opportunities to lift people out of poverty while advancing social justice and protecting the environment.
The new agenda – which would include the main points agreed upon in the Rio+20 Summit around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – would require countries to embrace a coherent and effective approach as they provide clarity on the roadmap to 2015.
In Latin American and the Caribbean, taking into account the higher number of Middle Income Countries (MIC) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), countries together with UN agencies are expected in the coming months to identify priorities and discuss the challenges facing the region between 2015 and 2030.
But consensus will only be possible if countries from the region clearly identify what a new development agenda can contribute to their long-term interests, including the means for implementing what is agreed upon.
“Latin America and the Caribbean have been lagging behind in defining regional positions on the post-2015 agenda. This retreat is an opportunity to contribute to having a clearer picture of the different country positions and the common challenges lying ahead” said Heraldo Muñoz, Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The region may not have been central to the design of the MDGs, but it has learnt from the MDG agenda that higher-threshold development is possible, particularly to close inequality gaps in Middle Income Countries.”
The event is sponsored by the United Nations Development Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG LAC), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and includes the participation of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).