The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed an agreement today to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the rural areas of the region.
"Considering that almost 8 out of 10 indicators of the 2030 Agenda are linked to rural societies, both organizations will jointly work on issues of migration, eradication of rural poverty and the fight against climate change," said a document released today.
The agreement, signed by Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of ECLAC, and Julio Berdegué, regional representative of FAO, has an initial duration of 5 years.
Bárcena noted his satisfaction at "this new testimony in the rich tradition of collaboration between FAO and ECLAC, committed to adding capacities in the construction of proposals to face urgent challenges in our region."
He said that these challenges include the growing impact of the migration phenomenon in rural areas and the boost to the 100 Territories strategy that focuses efforts on the most vulnerable areas where hunger and undernourishment still remain as pending tasks.
"We are particularly motivated by the preparation of the joint document on the 2030 Agenda and its implementation in rural areas, called to be one of the relevant inputs of the next Third Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, to be held in April of 2019, "he stressed.
For his part, Julio Berdegué affirmed that rural areas are fundamental for the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda.
"In these areas, various forms of marginalization and social exclusion persist, which demand coordinated work on economic, social and environmental issues," he said.
He argued that "indicators and the quality of life of its inhabitants" must be significantly improved so as not to leave anyone behind.
"Forgetting rural is putting a brake on sustainable development," he warned.
Both agreed that one of the main initiatives of the agreement is the development, in the coming months, of a work plan to free from hunger and poverty 100 territories lagging behind in their development indicators and which, moreover, are vulnerable to climate change .