Progress and Good Practices in Latin America and the Caribean
This document of Cepei and UN Environment presents an analysis of the main trends in the institutional arrangements and legal instruments that promote the integration of the environmental dimension of sustainable development. By identifying concrete experiences, innovations and ongoing challenges, this document also intends to promote a regional discussion on how to strengthen the inclusion of environmental considerations in sustainable development planning and management and, in particular, the 2030 Agenda and other international agreements adopted with this objective.
The main conclusions show the need to strengthen the coherence between institutions, policies and processes to avoid conflicting or duplicated efforts and contribute in an orderly manner to closing the gaps in the implementation of sustainable development. On the other hand, it is required to involve and coordinate a variety of sectors and stakeholders: decision makers, civil society and the private sector, as well as different levels of action, from local to global. This demands adequate legislative and institutional frameworks, especially the promotion of the rule of law in environmental matters.
The Latin American and Caribbean region has begun a process of strengthening environmental governance in accordance with global environmental agreements and has been closely involved in the promotion of sustainable development at the national level. This has strengthened the capacities of the environmental sector and laid the foundations for more effective incorporation of this dimension in the current implementation of the 2030 Agenda. However, the full inclusion of sustainable development at the operational level has not yet been achieved, reflecting a persistent tendency to maintain approaches in closed management structures. Thus, despite the multisectoral nature of the environment, considerations of this kind are still not taken into account structurally in all national development planning.
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