THE FORUM OF THE COUNTRIES OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Regional Commissions have been identified as relevant platforms to advance regional discussions on the implementation, follow up and review of global agendas, among others.
In this context, the countries of the region established through Resolution 700 (XXXVI), approved in May 2016 during the 36th Session of ECLAC, the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development as the regional mechanism for the implementation, follow-up and review 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 ECOSOC approved the creation of the Forum through its Resolution E/RES/2016/12 in August 2016.
This Forum will be convened every year under the auspices of ECLAC starting 2017 and will be open to all stakeholders, including government, civil society, the private sector and academia.
This Forum should provide useful opportunities for peer learning, including through voluntary reviews, the sharing of best practices and discussion on shared targets, benefiting from the cooperation of regional and subregional commissions and organizations, in order to guide an inclusive regional process towards sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The secretariat of ECLAC will issue an annual progress report, four weeks in advance of the respective meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development. The report will be considered a regional contribution for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of ECOSOC. Every four years, the secretariat of ECLAC will prepare a quadrennial progress report, to be considered by the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development as a regional contribution to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the General Assembly, consolidating and building on the progress and challenges identified in the preceding annual reports.
THE HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF), an intergovernmental forum, is the platform for follow up and review on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. This Forum held sessions exceptionally in 2013 y 2014. Starting 2015, it meets every year at the ministerial level under the auspices of ECOSOC and every 4 years at the level of Heads of State under the auspices of the General Assembly.
In 2016, the High Level Political forum was convened under the auspices of the ECOSOC on 11-20 July in New York. Its main theme was “Ensuring that no one is left behind”.
During this HLPF, 22 countries presented their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). 3 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean presented this year:
Visit the page of the Preparatory Meetings for the High Level Political Forum in Latin America and the Caribbean (May 2016)
During the High Level Segment of the ECOSOC, the Executive Secretaries presented the document "The United Nations regional commissions and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development: Moving to deliver on a transformative and ambitious agenda"
Visit the page of the Preparatory Meetings for the High Level Political Forum in Latin America and the Caribbean (March and April 2015)
Ministerial Declaration of the 2014 High Level Political Forum (convened under the auspices of ECOSOC).
Summary of the President of the General Assembly (A/68/588).