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Latin American alliance formed to contribute to the fulfillment of the SDG

  • CATIE is part of this alliance organized by the Center for Sustainable Development Goals for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODS).

February 22, 2019, From February 22, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) began to form part of an alliance that brings together 11 institutions of academic and research excellence from Latin America and the Caribbean, with the aim of articulating efforts so that the academic world contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the region, through the Center for Sustainable Development Goals for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODS).

The alliance, which was formalized after the signing of a letter of intent, will focus its actions on four priority areas: research, training, advocacy and sustainable environments.

Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, thanked for the invitation to be part of the alliance and stated that this is a good opportunity to develop a research, development and training agenda to meet the SDG. In addition, he noted that CATIE has much to contribute in the alliance's four priority areas.

For example, in research, the institution already develops actions related to the SDG and adjusted its lines of research to these objectives, focusing on the end of poverty (SDG1), elimination of hunger (SDG 2), gender equality (SDG 5), responsible consumption and production (SDG12), action for climate (SDG 13) and key link with the Paris Agreement and life of terrestrial ecosystems (SDG 15).

Also in the area of training, through its higher education program, CATIE prepares professionals with a gender focus and offers strategic courses that are key to SDG.

At the policy advocacy level, CATIE, through its Superior Council of Ministers and the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD, its Spanish acronym), has been able to have an impact regionally and nationally in areas such as low-emission livestock, value chains, water resource management and sustainable forest management. It has also influenced the private sector (coffee and cocoa industry) and has alliances with the banking sector to invest in landscape restoration within the framework of the 20x20 Initiative.

Finally, in the area of sustainable environments, the Institution is implementing a transition plan to become a climate-smart and green institution. In this sense, it has an Ecological Blue Flag, a solar energy plan, a waste management plan and uses sustainable energy on its dairy farm.

The CODS is an initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, and the University of Los Andes, located in Bogotá, Colombia.

Pablo Navas, rector of the University of Los Andes, commented during the signing of the letter of intent that they have the highest expectations of the impact that the alliance can have on the welfare of the region.

The academic institutions that make up the alliance are the Campinas State University of Brazil, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, its Spanish acronym), the Pontifical Javerian University, the Northern University of Colombia, CATIE, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, the Pacific University of Peru, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Mexico and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

After signing the letter of intent, which will have a duration of two years, the alliance will be launched through an International Academic Committee of CODS.


More information:

Francisco Alpízar
Research Program on Development, Economy and Environment
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Inforamation Technology and Communication
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