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ECLAC: 75% of the sustainable development goals could not be met

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) warned this Wednesday that 75% of the goals of sustainable development are at risk of not being fulfilled in the region in 2030.

“Only 25% of the goals for which information is available show a behavior that makes it possible to anticipate their compliance in 2030. On the other hand, it is estimated that 48% reveal a right trend but insufficient to reach the respective goal, while the remaining 27% exhibits a backward trend”, lamented the executive secretary of the organization, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs.

the institution of United Nationsbased in Santiago de Chile, held this Wednesday the Sixth Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, a meeting that included representatives from 33 countries in the region.

“We must achieve transformative change. The leaders World Cups will have to make a decision: fulfill their commitment with a better future or let it fall by the wayside,” said United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are 17 goals acquired in 2015 by 193 world leaders, which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and which constitute the global social agenda until 2030.

It’s about a set of commitments that propose global policies aimed at eradicating poverty and inequality and strengthening education, health, culture, gender equality and environmental protection.

The Argentine Foreign Minister, santiago cafierodefined the task as a “colossal challenge”, marked by “social, economic and environmental degradation and deterioration never seen before.”

“The SDG Summit in September, which will mark the halfway point towards the year 2030, is a moment clue to design a global plan to accelerate the implementation of these objectives. The commitment to carry this agenda forward must remain a commitment unyielding”, he added.

Latin Americathe most unequal region in the world and the most affected by the pandemic, grew by 6.9% in 2021, as a rebound after the collapse from 6.8% registered in 2020, the biggest recession in 120 years.

The deceleration in the region began in the second half of 2022, which closed with an estimated growth of 3.7%, according to ECLAC, which has not yet delivered the final figure.

By 2023, the agency recently reduced its forecast regional GDP growth from 1.3% estimated last December to 1.2%, mainly due to “growing external uncertainties and internal restrictions”.


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