#Call to Unity, Cooperation for Regional Sustainable Development

México,  The first meeting of the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development continues here today after a call made by president Enrique Peña Nieto to achieve unity, cooperation and regional integration.

The forum is sponsored by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac), but is open to representatives or governments, civil organizations, organisms of the United Nations, businesspeople, international financial institutions, among other sectors and institutions.

The meeting will serve to exchange experiences, proposals and other initiatives that, if approved, will be presented to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development of the UN, to session each month of July at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

This is the mechanism approved at the UN for global commitments of development until 2030.

Over 200 representatives of 156 organizations of civil society of 19 countries of the region met here at the prelude of the first meeting of the Forum, with the participation of Alicia Barcenas, executive secretary of Eclac.

The purpose was to generate an articulate group of organizations to establish the bases of a participation mechanism aimed at implementing the Agenda 2030 in the region, on whose accomplishment Peña Nieto promised the aid of Mexico.

The first plenary session was scheduled to be held at the venue of the Secretary of Foreign Relations but a demonstration of farmers claiming funds for agriculture decided the meeting took place in the Hall of the Treasury of the National Palace.

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