The retreat in Bogotá will be the second of a new set of policy retreats initiated by the Independent Research Forum (IRF) – the partnership of 10 leading sustainable development research institutes that support the SDG negotiations. The retreats are endorsed by the High Level Group in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, a coalition of nine countries created in 2015 at the initiative of the Prime Minister of Sweden. The first retreat in the series took place in Monrovia, Liberia.
“Our aim is to give national planners a chance to talk openly and substantively about their experiences with SDG implementation,” said organizer Karina Barquet. “Like the earlier IRF retreats for SDG negotiators, we want to provide a space for franker, more informal discussions that complement UN-led processes.”
The Bogotá retreat is being organized by Colombia’s Department of National Planning along with SEI and Rimisp, Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural (the Latin American Centre for Rural Development).
“We want to identify viable strategies to face the challenges of sustainable development in Latin America and to propose solutions as a region. We’ll be looking at common methods and approaches that facilitate and finance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda,” explains Ignacia Fernandez from Rimpisp in Latin America.