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Published 23 April 2019

"Environmental issues require collective and simultaneous action," says Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) leader, Alicia Barcena.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, will inaugurate the third Business Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development.

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The forum, which will last until April 26, is being held in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and is being organized by Cuba this year. The four day event is taking place in Santiago, Chile. 

Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Barcena said, "this meeting confirms the importance of multilateralism, the integrating vocation and the lively spirit for the regional cooperation of ECLAC in Latin America and the Caribbean." 

The 2019 Regional Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean will focus on public-private strategies to implement the 2030 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference is meant to establish and build partnerships between business, government and public bodies to accelerate international sustainable development.

Results of the Second Regional Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, presided over by Uruguay, will be presented at the 2019 event. 

During her speech Barcena urged Latin American countries to think creatively about development based on national specificities and natural assets, heritage and the wealth within their territories.

"Environmental issues require collective and simultaneous action," said Barcena, who called for "moving from inertia and indifference to activism."

"One of the main problems of #ALC is that its very structure is based on extractivism ... the region should diversify its production to combine economic development with social inclusion and lower environmental impact," says Joseluis Samaniego from #CEPAL at # ForoALC2030

The conference was conceived as a regional mechanism to implement and monitor the 2030 goals. The 2030 agenda establishes 17 Sustainable Development Goals such as gender equality, reducing poverty and mitigating climate action. It was adopted in 2015 by the 193 countries represented in the General Assembly of the United Nations. 

Experts from Guatemala, Bolivia, Guatemala and Chile, among other regional countries are expected to speak at the summit.

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