Washington DC, March 18, 2021 (PAHO) - The Pan American Health Organization participated in the fourth meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) which was held virtually, from 15-18 March, under the Presidency of Costa Rica. The objective of the meeting was to analyze progress on regional implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
During the first day of the event, PAHO Director, Carissa F. Etienne, opened the panel on "Health and the economy —a false dichotomy?" Access to the speech here.
Representatives from countries’ governments, agencies, funds, and programs of the United Nations system, international financial institutions and development banks, regional and subregional integration bodies, civil society, the legislative arena, academia and the private sector – both from countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as other regions of the world participated in the Forum.
At the conclusion of the fourth meeting, government representatives reaffirmed the urgency of building fair, sustainable societies that would tackle inequality and guarantee citizenship and rights, and of acting together as a region to ensure access to vaccines for the entire population.