Mexico Presents its 2030 Agenda Voluntary Report to UNBy Rodrigo Brugada | Mon, 07/19/2021 - 16:29
Mexico submitted its 2021 National Voluntary Report on its 2030 Agenda to the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development last week. The report recounts the achievements, challenges and visions for the future of different sectors of Mexican society as it advances its 2030 Agenda. The report also takes into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mexico’s report to the UN is the third submitted by Mexico since it committed to the 2030 Agenda in 2015 and the first of the current administration. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was created in 2015 to advance towards the achievement of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that address social, environmental, economic, governance, partnerships and inequality challenges. Mechanisms and indicators for follow-up were also established, particularly with the periodic presentation of Voluntary National Reports to share the progress and challenges of each country.
Mexico’s report also proposes adapting the 2030 Agenda to the new national and global context with shared responsibility among all sectors of society and with a sustainable recovery perspective that privileges rights. It also emphasizes the need for a reflective view that considers alternatives for action always guided by principles of justice. The report was drafted in dialogue with a commission made up of civil society representatives, the private sector, academia, the federal and state executive and legislative branches, in bilateral cooperation with the UN. Each part carried out its consultations and prepared independent studies that feed into the report.
The report was presented by the Minister of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, who commented that the Mexican Government's work to advance the 2030 Agenda has focused on three main areas:
1) The social and economic dimensions of the Agenda, with emphasis on combating inequalities.
2) The shortcomings that undermine social peace at its root and are aggravated by waste and corruption.
3) International alliances to address regional and global challenges such as migration, climate change and universal vaccination against COVID-19.
In terms of progress, the report mentions that the country has maintained economic stability despite the pandemic. Although last year several sectors were in crisis, this year the recovery has been remarkable. The report also mentions that Mexico has shared vaccines against COVID-19 with other countries, which was part of its COVAX commitment to alleviate the coronavirus pandemic in other countries of the continent.
One of the pending issues mentioned has to do with the enormous gender disparities still present in the country and how they should be tackled. Another relevant pending issue is to promote a greater commitment to reduce climate change. Mexico has not made much progress in this regard and the investments that have been made to encourage the development of fossil fuels instead of seeking to replace them.