Quito, 16 August 2022 (TDI): The Government of Ecuador, in collaboration with the United Nations in Ecuador, launched the new Cooperation Framework for Sustainable Development for 2022–2026

This framework specifies the collective assistance of the United Nations in its accompaniment to Ecuador’s determination to acquire the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, for four years, with a focus on human rights, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.

Lena Savelli, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, and Juan Carlos Holguin, Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility signed the document outlining the cooperation of the more than 20 UN agencies working in Ecuador.

Remarks of United Nations Coordinator

The United Nations Coordinator pointed out that the UN will keep supporting national efforts to confront the major development problems and seize the chances to enhance the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals. She added that the UN would provide a revitalized, collective, and transformative response to meet the problems.

Further, she stressed that by utilizing the capabilities and mandates of various UN agencies, working cooperatively and coherently will enable them to better assist nations in finding comprehensive solutions to the major issues faced today.

Remarks of Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility

Juan Carlos Holguin emphasized the significance of having the technical support of the United Nations through its various agencies.

Additionally, Holguin highlighted the work and results achieved in chronic child malnutrition, the fight against corruption, the process of regularisation of Venezuelan citizens, environmental transition, the rescue of Ecuadorians from Ukraine during the first days of the war and fight actions against transnational criminal structures.

Preparation of Framework

The Cooperation Framework was prepared with the help of more than 500 individuals, including those from the public and private sectors of government, business, academia, unions, civil society, and human rights defenders, as well as members of the international community and rights holders like women, indigenous peoples and people of Afro-descendant ancestry.

UN’s Strategic Priorities

The UN’s four strategic priorities are laid forth in the statement for the years 2022–2026. These priorities emphasize social protection, high-quality social services, environmental management, and climate action.

Further, the contribution to socioeconomic equality, sustainable and productive transformation, and the contribution of enhancing the rule of law through strong institutions are also included in the strategic priorities.

The team of United Nations that attended the event comprised representatives from its various agencies, as well as authorities and delegates from Ecuador.

In addition, the members of the international community, multilateral banks, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and private companies also participated in the event.