(February 25, 2014) The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, called today for the formulation of a post-2015 agenda centered on a global pact for sustainable development that is based on rights and holds equality as its ultimate goal and guiding ethical principle.
The United Nations official participated in Mexico City in the first of three workshops for experts regarding the post-2015 agenda, which are being planned by Mexico's Secretariat of Foreign Affairs for the first half of this year. Participants will include members of government, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.
This first two-day meeting, entitled The concept of socio-economic inclusive development in the Post-2015 Agenda, strives to debate the issue of inclusion for the development agenda starting in 2015, once the deadline for fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has expired.
Alicia Bárcena stressed that inclusion is the process by which equality can be furthered, and she outlined critical elements for economic, social and environmental inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean.
ECLAC's Executive Secretary shared her reflections at a panel in which other participants included Shun-Ichi Murata, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Mama Keita, an official from the Economic Development Division of the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Alicia Bárcena underlined the need to stay focused on the pending MDGs, but she said the region is changing and a development model based on structural change to foster equality and environmental sustainability is needed to face old and new challenges alike, with essential support from the public sector to provide leverage for these transformations.
In addition, this structural change must also be built on technological innovation and full employment with rights.
That's why ECLAC advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -which could take over from the MDGs- to take into account the need to create policies with a universal bias for social protection, health, education and employment, as well as the need to incorporate sustainability concerns to take environmental costs into account, the Executive Secretary explained.
During her participation, Alicia Bárcena also congratulated the co-chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals for their work on the debate about the post-2015 agenda.
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