Mexico City. Last May 27, concluded the biennial meeting of the Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC) in Spanish “XXXVI Périodo de Sesiones de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)”. During its 36th session, Representatives of Governments forming the ECLAC worked with the aim to spur progressive structural change in Latin America and the Caribbean based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals, adopted by the 193 UN member states in September 2015.
The main discussions were about the document “Horizons 2030” which was approved last September by the UN General Assembly. ECLAC provides in this document an analytical framework for that Agenda based on a structure as a whole regional, sub-region and national perspectives.
During 5 days several important goals where achieved: Authorities gathered at ECLAC’s thirty-sixth session in Mexico decided to establish “The Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development” this Forum as a regional mechanism will follow-up and review the implementation of the “Regional and Global Dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development”. The Secretariat of ECLAC will issue an annual progress report, four weeks in advance of the respective meeting of the Forum. The report will be considered a regional contribution for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development –under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)- and its Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up. Authorities also agreed the preparation of a quadrennial progress report. See Press release