17 Jan 2014
Alejandra Kubitschek Bujones
Hands for peace and cooperation (Photo: UNDP Chile).
For several reasons, Latin America could emerge as one of the most influential regions in the negotiations on what will follow the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. First: The politics — As discussed in a recent independent report commissioned by UNDP, ‘A Laboratory for Sustainable Development? Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Post-2015 Agenda’, Latin America has successfully captured the most important positions in the bodies engaged with the post-2015 framework. This gives the region a unique opportunity to lead and influence the outcome of the negotiations. Colombia currently presides over the Economic and Social Council, Bolivia heads the G77 group of nations, and Antigua and Barbuda will hold the Presidency of the General Assembly until the 69th session. In addition, Brazil currently leads the World Trade Organization, and the COP 20 climate negotiations will take place in Lima, Peru. Second: The lessons and experience — Latin America is a testing ground for innovative sustainable development approaches. The region has designed and implemented some of the most recognized development programs, combining poverty reduction with social inclusion. Successful cash transfer schemes, such as Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, Mexico’s Oportunidades and Chile’s Solidario have helped increase household incomes, raise school enrollment