UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean - A Partner for Sustainable Development

17 Jan 2016

As countries adopt and work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, we must also think of progress as ‘multidimensional’ – beyond economic gains alone. This requires transforming traditional development models and raising the quality of life of all people, while also preserving and restoring biodiversity and protecting ecosystems. This is crucial for the Latin America and the Caribbean region, a “biodiversity superpower”, with one of the greatest endowments of natural capital in the world, according to a UNDP report.

There is no doubt that countries enjoy stronger, better-integrated economies and more solid democracies than they did 20 or 30 years ago. Despite some setbacks, the region has experienced its longest period of democratic rule, beginning in the 1980s and, more broadly, in the 1990s. Apathy has turned to activism, particularly among the social media-savvy, especially youth. Citizens demand more effective and transparent governments that play a substantive role in boosting employment, education, and health – and guarantee safer societies.

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