Panama will now have a training program to strengthen the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in public policies, an official source reported today.
The project is called: Strengthening the Planning for the Transversalization and Territorialization of the SDGs in Public Policy, which will be executed by the Panamanian Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Latin American Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES).
The initiative was officially launched today by the Ministry of Economy, UNDP and ILPES, in order to give continuity to the 2030 Agenda for the fulfillment of the SDGs.
ILPES is an entity of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) created in 1962 to support the governments of the region in public planning and management, through the provision of training, advisory and research services.
The Minister in charge of Economy and Finance, Gustavo Valderrama, stressed the importance of "integrating the needs of the countries through an open communication that determines the priorities, then provide a sequential order to the demands, putting them into practice and then resorting to the search of the funds to face them".
The project will strengthen planning as a fundamental tool for the mainstreaming and territorialization of the SDGs in public policy, drawing a roadmap that allows the country to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda.
This will be done through the adoption of methodologies and tools, to strengthen the planning, monitoring and evaluation systems of government management.
In a statement, the MEF indicated that the SDGs have "a long-term and wide-ranging horizon, including ambitious economic, social and environmental goals, and their execution transcends government periods."
He stressed that "the scope of the agreements will depend on the political will of the governments, the efficient and focused use of scarce resources and the participation of all in the design and execution of strategies that facilitate the achievement of the established objectives."
He specified that it is also necessary that the authorities of each period give continuity to the programs and projects agreed upon in the 2030 Agenda, so that they are constituted in State plans, according to official information.