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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 Saturday, 9 March 2013
ECLACOn Saturday, 9 March, the Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: follow-up to the UN development agenda beyond 2015 and to Rio+20 convened to continue discussing the follow-up to Rio+20, sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda.

In the morning, participants heard a presentation on how to measure progress on sustainable development from Ivo Hachinga, Chief of the Economic Statistics Branch of the UN Statistics Division. Amb. Jose Luis Balmaceda, Chile, then made a presentation on the ongoing process to establish a Principle 10 instrument in the region, underscoring the valuable role played by civil society. Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras announced their intention to become signatories to the regional “Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.”

In the closing ceremony, participants heard closing statements. ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena said the meeting had raised encouraging proposals and an “enormous fertility of ideas,” creating an environment for a shared vision for the future. Highlighting the priority of reducing inequality in the region, she cited Simon Bolivar, who said “without equality, all freedoms and all rights perish.” Alva Baptiste, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation, Saint Lucia, said that, with a mutual purpose, a new period in history could be created, calling for substantial engagement in the decision-making process of “all the actors in the drama of development.”

Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Patriota discussed continuity in efforts towards achieving the MDGs, while also implementing the results of Rio+20, including SDGs. Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín suggested holding an annual regional meeting on sustainable development, so the region can stay united and continue helping each other, and that ECLAC assist in this regard. She then adjourned the meeting at 1:05 pm.
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Outside the Crowne Plaza Tequendama Hotel, where the meeting was held.
Morning Session
María Ángela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia, commenced the final day of the conference.
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Ivo Havinga, Chief of the Economic Statistics Branch, UN Statistics Division, discussed how to evaluate sustainable development and measure progress.
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Ambassador José Luis Balmaceda, Chile, discussed the ongoing process to establish a regional instrument on Principle 10.
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Comments by civil society participant Dona Da Costa Martinez, Family Planning Association, Trinidad and Tobago
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Rueanna Haynes, announced Trinidad and Tobago's intention to become a signatory to the regional “Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.”
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Patti Londoño, Colombian Vice-Minister for Multilateral Affairs
Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Agency of Environment
María Ángela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia, greeting Maria Fabiana Loguzzo, Argentina
Delegates from Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Mexico conversed during a break.
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Delegates consulting
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Luis Fidel Yañez, Secretary of the Conference, Joseluis Samaniego, ECLAC, and José Luis Balmaceda, Chile

Closing Ceremony
Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC, introduced the closing ceremony and said the meeting had raised encouraging proposals.
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Antonio Patriota, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brazil
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Alva Baptise, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation, Saint Lucia, prepared to deliver his remarks.
María Ángela Holguín, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia, suggested convening an annual regional meeting on sustainable development.
The ENB team, L-R: Asheline Appleton, Kenya; Leila Mead, USA; Elizabeth Press, USA; Eugenia Recio, Argentina/Spain; and Diego Noguera, Colombia
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