VIII Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 31 to November 1 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Governments from Latin America and the Caribbean will meet on October 31 and November 1 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to discuss progress on social policy - particularly in the economy and the environment, which are the main challenges for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and strategies for a sustainable route out of poverty.

The Ministerial Forum is an annual meeting, which is being held for the first time in the Dominican Republic, and is organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Government and with the support of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). This year it coincides with the first Board Meeting of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The main objective is to provide ministers and decision-makers a space to discuss social policy experiences and identify answers to the region's new challenges.

The Ministerial Forum counts the participation of more than 20 Vice Presidents, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Costa Rica, Honduras and Paraguay, among other countries, who will discuss during two days the course of social policies to respond more effectively to human development and well-being. Participants will analyze the challenges and opportunities presented by the new Agenda 2030 for Latin America and the Caribbean, considering the multidimensional progress as an approach to address sustainable development.

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