With the limitation of resources and the ill effects of increased human interventions, it has become imperative to look for solutions that will aid in the sustenance of resources at large by paving way for a sustainable as well as developed future. It is the need of the hour that the world at large must progress but the development should be in the direction of sustainability.
The ideals of sustainability, not just in the economic or the ecological arena, but in every facet of existence have been guiding the principles of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The ideals of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development more or less tally with the commitments of the Non-Aligned Movement Member States and thus close cooperation and sheer commitment have been the result of the two bodies and have brought sustainable growth across the globe.
The Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development was established as per Mexico Resolution at the thirty-sixth session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), held in Mexico City in May 2016. The Forum has been established by the ECLAC to be a regional mechanism to follow up and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, its means of implementation, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
The Forum is set up under the patronages of ECLAC and is substantially guided by the principles established for all follow-up and review processes by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly. The Forum involves governments of the Latin America and Caribbean countries, United Nation agencies, civil society and private sectors as well as other regional stakeholders and is an enabling space that ever since its foundation have been working to provide its participatory members in specific and the world in general with opportunities of peer learning at regional and sub-regional level, sharing of targets and ideas as well as evoking ideas to work for a sustainable world order that will show zero tolerance to ideas of extremism, help in eradicating the menace of poverty and with unified efforts bring sustainability while relying on ideals of peace, security, equality and justice.
The main focus of the Forum of the Countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development is to support in the enactments, developments and assessments of the 2030 Development Agenda including the SDG’s by relying on regional and inter-organisation coordination that aims to aid UN entities in achieving global goals of sustainable development. The principles and methodology used by the forum in several aspects tally with the commitments of the NAM Member States, thus enhancing the possibility of a sustainable future to several extents.
The Forum has aided regions to identify the combined effects of the infrastructure and more sustainable use of natural resources. The Forum even contributes to root out social inequalities by advancing with the principle of “leaving no one behind”. It has involved a systematic effort to visualize the condition of people of African descent, a population group that is often ignored by public policies in Latin America. The technical assistance provided by the Forum aims at developing institutional capacities for integrating the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the SIDS development agenda and national development priority in a holistic manner. In February 2018, ECLAC implemented a Development Account project, “Regional Observatory on Renewable Energies – ROSE” (2018-2021) to strengthen institutional frameworks in the Caribbean for an integrative approach to implement the 2030 Agenda and the SIDS Sustainable Development Agenda that aided six Caribbean countries. The project supports the countries of the region in monitoring progress towards the achievement of SDG7 that is related to energy.
Understanding the importance of planning in the global order, the Forum has paid attention to the planning mechanism and creation of topics relevant in contemporary times be it related to social injustice or global issues encompassing economy and environment. Currently, the main subjects addressed lately are social protection (El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay and Paraguay), education and information technologies (Costa Rica) and the rights of persons with disabilities (Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico). It even designed and applied Planbarómetro at national, regional and local levels in five different countries (Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Costa Rica). The initiatives of the Forum in an integrated and holistic manner has brought a substantial change in the arena of sustainability and thus have set an example to follow by the world at large.