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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century and Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20

5-6 and 7-9 March 2013 | Bogotá, Colombia

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Highlights for Thursday, 7 March 2013
ECLACThe Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20 opened on Thursday, 7 March 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Tequendama Hotel in Bogota, Colombia. The meeting was convened by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Government of Colombia. Over 250 representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gathered to discuss development goals, global and regional governance and implications, from a regional perspective, of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), as well as the post-2015 development agenda, with the aim of informing ongoing global processes.
 
In the morning, participants heard opening remarks. Maria Ángela Holguín, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colombia, emphasized the need for the post-2015 development agenda to be: universal; focused on achievement; centered on poverty eradication, in the context of sustainable development; and based on equity. ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena called for a view of development that transcends poverty reduction, observing no “unique recipe” exists and that every country must choose its own development model. Heraldo Muñoz, UNDG-LAC, discussed: the move towards a renewed vision of development, with emerging topics and a new financial architecture; and avoiding imposing a top-down approach in the new development agenda. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, called for one cohesive, bold and ambitious global agenda with one set of goals that properly integrates both people and the planet.
 
In the morning, participants also discussed follow-up to the post-2015 development agenda, while in the afternoon, discussions turned to options for convergence towards sustainable development, including a regional vision of sustainable development. In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Government of Colombia.
 
The session will resume on Friday morning.
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L-R: María Angela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia; Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC, and Coordinator of the Regional Coordination Mechanism; Ambassador André Corrêa do Lago, Brazil; and Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Agency of Environment
Opening Session
María Angela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia
Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC, and Coordinator of the Regional Coordination Mechanism, greeting María Angela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia and member of the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana
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Heraldo Muñoz, Chair, UN Development Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG-LAC)
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Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC, and Coordinator of the Regional Coordination Mechanism
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Amina J. Mohammed, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning
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Philipp Schönrock, Civil Society
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Juan Gabriel Uribe, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia
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Iván Mora Godoy, Cuba
Participants observed a minute of silence in honor of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez.
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L-R: María Angela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia and member of the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC, and Coordinator of the Regional Coordination Mechanism
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L-R: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC, and Coordinator of the Regional Coordination Mechanism, and Damaso Luna, Mexico

High-level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda
L-R: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC, and Coordinator of the Regional Coordination Mechanism; José Luis Samaniego, ECLAC; HLP member Patricia Espinosa, Mexico; Amina J. Mohammad, UN Assistant Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning; María Ángela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia; Luis Fidel Yanez, Secretariat; Gisela Alonso, President of the Cuban Agency of Environment; Heraldo Muñoz, Chair, UNDG-LAC
Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC
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María Angela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia.
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Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Agency of Environment

National Perspectives on the post-2015 Development Agenda
Dulce Buergo, Cuba
Juan Angel Delgadillo, Paraguay
Fernando Carrera, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala
Arnoldo Brown, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
Enrique Castillo-Barrantes, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica
Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago

Rio+20: Sustainable Development Goals within the Framework of "The Future We Want"
L-R: André Corrêa do Lago, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil; George Talbot, Guyana; Amina J. Mohammad, UN Assistant Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning; Fernando Carrera, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala; Luis Fidel Yanez, Secretariat; and Paula Caballero, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia.
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George Talbot, Guyana, presenting on ongoing processes regarding the post-2015 development agenda.
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André Corrêa do Lago, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil, discussing follow-up to Rio+20.
Paula Caballero, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, presenting on the Synergies Between Processes Post-2015 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Plenary Discussion Statements by Delegations
Patti Londoño, Colombian Vice-Minister for Multilateral Affairs
Damaso Luna Corona, Mexico
Rene Orellana, Bolivia
Francisco Ruiz Diaz, Paraguay
Maria Fabiana Loguzzo, Argentina
Troy F. Torrington, Guyana
Hector Galvan, Dominican Republic

Around the Meeting
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Rene Mauricio Valdes, UN Secretariat for Post-2015 UN Development Agenda, and Amina J. Mohammad, UN Assistant Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, being interviewed by local press.
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Participants registering for the meeting.
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Participants enjoyed food during the morning break.
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María Angela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia and member of the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, being interviewed by the local media.
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Related Links
ECLAC resources
*Meetings website
*Preliminary programme for the Caribbean Forum
*Preliminary programme for the Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
*ECLAC website
*Information note

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*Sustainable development knowledge platform website

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary report of the Eighth Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-8) and Africa Regional Implementation Meeting (Africa-RIM) in preparation for the Twentieth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable (CSD-20), 19-21 November 2012, UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile
*IISD RS coverage of CSD-19, 2-14 May 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*UNCSD-L - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*POST2015-L - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy
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*Land Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Addressing International Sustainable Land
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of small island developing states
*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Addressing Sustainable Water and Sanitation
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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