25 Nov 2017
Global Compact calls High-Level Meeting for Latin America in Quito
The state of Paraná’s leadership in SDG integration was recognised this week at a gathering of leaders from across Latin America.
Escalating efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the United Nations Global Compact together with Global Compact Local Network Ecuador called a High-Level meeting to mobilise multi sectoral collaboration in Latin America to advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The Business Contribution to the 2030 Agenda meeting held in Quito, Ecuador on 21 November 2017 is part of the United Nations Global Compact´s worldwide campaign ‘Making Global Goals Local Business’. It was convened as part of the Global Compact Latin American Regional Meeting, seeking to deepen partnerships and positive business impacts, and highlight the importance of multi-sectoral collaboration to realise the 2030 Agenda.
As well as private sector leaders from the Global Compact Local Networks in 15 Latin American countries, the meeting was attended by leaders from Government, the United Nations, business, civil society and academia. The Cities Programme was represented by our Southern Brazil Centre.
See the event’s Concept Note.
Latin America leads the way with the SDGs
Latin America has been recognised as the region that has achieved the most substantial progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015.
The region represents a quarter of the 55 countries, which have presented their Voluntary National Reviews towards achieving the SDGs at the High-Level Political Forum in New York.
Likewise, 19 Latin American countries have aligned their national development programs with the SDGs.
These countries have made high-level institutional arrangements to promote the processes of coordination, clear alignment of policies, collaboration and dialogue with other actors to encourage and follow up the achievement of the agenda.
Businesses that have committed to embed the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact into strategies and operations play a fundamental role in these processes.
Paraná: Integrating the SDGs across state and municipal government – in partnership
Paraná was specifically invited to the High Level meeting by the United Nations Global Compact Head of the Local Networks Americas, Javier Cortes who drew particular attention to Projeto ODS Paraná (the Paraná SDGs Project) during the proceedings:
“Projeto ODS Parana, led by the State Council for Economic and Social Development (CEDES) is one of the most relevant and leading initiatives in the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda in Latin America”.
Joceli de Andrade Bogusz, Superintendent of Copel Companhia Paranaense de Energia and coordinator of the Cities Programme’s new Southern Brazil Centre in Curitiba presented the multi-sectoral Projeto ODS Paraná to the High Level meeting.
Projeto ODS Paraná is working on total integration and alignment with the SDGs across all levels of State government to the municipal level and across sectors. There are six key work streams:
- integrating the strategies and actions of all (399) municipalities with the SDGs
- training municipal managers to implement the SDGs
- aligning the state budget with the SDGs
- defining relevant indicators
- developing technological solutions (Business Intelligence and best practices website)
- establishment of the SDG-based external control model.
The ambitious Projeto ODS Paraná has big goals for 2017/18. These include: finalising securing the commitment of all 399 municipalities in the state of Paraná to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda; correlating the SDGs with the 2018 budget forecast and supporting the establishment of projects correlated with the SDGs.
A broad network of partners have been brought together for Projeto ODS Paraná. These include:
- CEDES – State Council of Economic and Social Development
- State Secretariat of Finance
- State Secretariat of Urban Development
- State Secretariat of Planning
- State Secretariat of Strategic Affairs
- Paranacidade (autonomous arm that provides infrastructure and master plan support to all Paraná municipalities)
- Ipardes – Paraná Institute of Economic and Social Development
- Celepar – responsible for the State’s Information Technology and Communication
- Tribunal de Contas Paraná (TCE PR) – the state’s Audit Court
- ALEP – The Legislative Assembly of Paraná
- Copel – Brazilian provider of energy and digital services, largest company in Paraná
- Sanepar – responsible for the State’s sanitation
- Virtu Education and Research,
- Itaipu Binacional – world’s largest provider of renewable energy (owned by Brazil and Paraguay)
- Movimento ODS Paraná
- Association of Municipalities of Paraná (AMP)
- National Confederation of Municipalities
The project also has international support and recognition from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Family Organisation and our Cities Programme.
Joceli also highlighted the importance of the multi-sectoral approach and the connection to the Cities Programme.
“We are developing projects via the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme platform to overcome complex challenges that need a systemic and multi-sectoral action plan.”
Copel’s leading CSR recognised
Copel, the largest company of the State of Paraná, is widely recognised as a leader in corporate social responsibility counting amongst its initiatives providing energy services to families living in poverty free of charge.
A signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and host and coordinator of the Cities Programme’s new Southern Brazil Centre in Curitiba, Copel has its own strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda, and one that the President of Copel, Antonio Sérgio de Souza Guetter says goes far beyond corporate and social responsibility.
“Global platforms related to sustainable development are important tools that Copel is incorporating in its core business and value chain.”
See the Presentation of Joceli de Andrade Bogusz – Proyecto Integrado de Localización de los ODS – Paraná mirando los ODS