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ECLAC: 2030 Agenda Is a “Grand Design,” but Has “Many Challenges”

MEXICO CITY – ECLAC chief Alicia Barcena said on Thursday that the 2030 Agenda, which is being pushed by the United Nations, is a “grand design” but also has “many challenges” to being more than a “collection of objectives.”

“We see that this agenda is a grand design, but there are many challenges because global management for closing up financial and technological asymmetries is not being undertaken,” the head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said in Mexico City.

At the presentation of a report entitled “Horizons 2030: Equality in the center of sustainable development,” within the framework of the 36th set of ECLAC sessions, Barcena said that the “collective action” contemplated in the document approved last September by the UN is “a little weak” for achieving “full employment.”

She said that the current production and development model generates inequalities, environmental crises, recessionary biases and, certainly, “is not sustainable.”

In the face of that, “international society is responding with the 2030 Agenda” that ECLAC on Thursday is “critically questioning,” she added.

Leaders from around the world last September officially adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – the 2030 Agenda – an ambitious strategy that supports the Millennium Development Goals and will guide the struggle against poverty through 2030 via 169 concrete objectives.

Barcena also mentioned the need to seek ecological integrity and common resources via “coalitions, institutions and monitoring mechanisms.”

In that regard, she said that the document presented Thursday by ECLAC coincides with those issues by placing “equality at the center.”

“Progressive structural change is our road,” said Barcena, who was accompanied by Mexican Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray.

ECLAC is holding its 36th set of sessions in Mexico City this week, where Mexico will assume the organization’s presidency for the next two years.

 

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