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UN chief hopes Latin America and the Caribbean region will play a central role in ensuring “fair globalization”

Addressing a session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which opened in Cuba on Monday, Secretary-General António Guterres said the forum “is central to supporting the countries of the region in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

The meeting brings together representatives from ECLAC’s 46 member States and 13 associate members to debate the main challenges for implementing the 2030 Agenda in the region.

Mr. Guterres noted that globalization has brought many benefits, but it has left too many behind. 

Women are still far less likely to participate in the labour market – and the gender pay gap remains a global concern. Youth unemployment is alarmingly high in many countries across the world, he said.

The UN chief commended ECLAC for having been “a progressive and authoritative champion” for social justice in the global economy and “a pioneer” in integrating the economic, social and environmental development.

ECLAC has also “consistently and courageously put forward a development vision with equality as a driver of growth” he said, and focused on what he called the  “deeper meaning” of equality: looking beyond income as a measure of well-being and the main litmus test for development cooperation. 

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SDGs seen as the right space for inclusion - UN S-G Advisor

One of the thematic issues that was addressed by United Nations Speical Advisor  Amina Mohamed at the Forum for the future of the Caribbean in Port of Spain is ensuring social inclusion for economic and human development. In her keynote address she stated "we must invest in our human capital to ensure stronger economies and peaceful, inclusive societies". While women are  more vulnerable in society, their role in leadership and impelmenting sustainable livelihoods , together with youth are pivotal for  successful development in the future.

"the core of the post-2015 agenda is poverty eradication. In achieving sustainable development and dignity for all, the agenda aims to address the essential needs of the most marginalized populations so that no one is left behind"

Amina also addressed addressing communications technologies, partnerships, mobilising finance and  'making institiutions fit for purpose' as part of the role that Caribbean sates sould have to assume in integrating the SDGs as as part of their development strategies.  

During a townhall session at the UNIC office, questions came out from five countries that participated online.  Some of them were on whether inclusion also ment members of the LGBTI communities; reporting procedures and accuracy for the SDGs, the self determination of women and inclusion of boys in the gender issue. Amina reiterated that the SDGs propose that no one should be left behind and that lessons learned from MDGs as well as collaborations and knowledge sharing among Caribbean member states could all make for greater accuracy. 

She also suggested a need to for ministers of  finance in the region to play a greater role in the SDG agenda and also for society to challenge politicians to build that will to include the  17 goals as part of national development goals in part of a broader vison for countries.

To learn more about what Amina said , download her key speech address from the link below. ( pdf document ) or read it online - here


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