#By2030: transforming Colombia from the regions

Chocó: placing their hopes in nature

Only by working together will we achieve the sustainable development goals, the 2030 Agenda cannot be the policy of a single institution”,
said Elizabeth Ramirez, member of the Chocó Environmental Corporation during a workshop that seeked to integrate the environmental perspective of the #SDGs in Quibdó, in the department of Chocó.

While Chocó is one of the poorest departments in Colombia, it also represents one of the most biodiverse regions. This is why the 2030 Agenda brings the opportunity to plan a future where the environment is the basis for sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Planning the future in a way that is sustainable, inclusive and that generates opportunities for all people living in the regions is one of the main challenges of the postconflict in Colombia. The “2030 Agenda, Transforming Colombia” initiative supports government, social and academic institutions as well as local communities to integrate the #SDGs in the design of strategies that transform their territories.

Supported by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this initiave enables regions to have more and better information to strengthen their performance geared towards achieving the #SDGs .

Up to date, five workshops have been held with the participation of more than 150 people who identified the consistency of their current development plans with the Goals proposed by the 2030 Agenda.

Guajira: meeting the challenge of the ´good living´

Guajira is a northern department, a distant, isolated peninsula that meets the Caribbean and shares its borders with Venezuela.

Guajira is full of surprises: from its wet and biodiverse forests of the Sierra Nevada, the Tayrona park to a desert inhabited by the Wayuu community. This region is one of the poorest and most vulnerable in Colombia. This is why they have found a plan in the 2030 Agenda.

“Corpoguajira, a local public institution, highlighted the need and willingness to work on improving its action plans to achieve the #SDGs. The municipalities of Dibulla and Fonseca, according to their development plans, contribute 8% and 9% respectively to the Global Goals”,
said Diego Olarte, UNDP´s specialist on sustainable development while referring to the assessment carried out in Riohacha, Guajira.

There are now nine regions that are assessing their strategies and resources to include and tackle the environmental dimension of the #SDGs in their planning instruments, identifying short, medium and long-term progress and challenges.

“In Colombia, environmental crises pose challenges to health, food security and economic opportunities in the regions. The 2030 Agenda: transforming Colombia initiative calls for collective action, coordination and public policies that take into account the link between environmental issues and others, as the only means to transform the regions”.
John Bejarano, Coordinator of the Biodiversity Finance Initiative at UNDP.
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