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28/06/2013: Sustainable development is a rare multi-headed process within United Nations. Breaching the gap between Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is the new worldwide task. - Should the global development goals emphasize sustainability? How can civil society engage in the MDG´s replacement process? SUSWATCH, a Latin America Network, presents their analysis and proposals mainly focused in the processes lead by Ban Ki Moon for the POST-2015 Agenda.

we-must-demand-a-sustainable-futureAfter the global event "Advancing the Post 2015 Agenda on Sustainable Development" (*) in Bonn Germany, Sustainability Watch and Centro Humboldt produced an analysis with proposals for the involvement of civil society in an international Post-2015 and Post Rio + 20 Agenda.

The document entitled "Post-2015 Agenda (MDGs) and Post Rio +20 Agenda (SDG)" (available both in Spanish and English) emphasizes the need to engage a wider range of civil society organizations in these efforts as the process until now- has been very limited in the involvement of local organizations and people in the global south. Latin America, for instance, has been absent of the process.

The document, written by Victor Campos Cubas (Vice-Director of Centro Humboldt) and myself as international delegate of SUSWATCH, with the purpose to inform Latin America organizations in a clear way.

One of our central messages is that it is the duty of our civil society´s organizations to promote social mobilization and coordination of efforts with different organizations (thematic, social movements, unions), in order to amplify the involvement of people and strengthen the demands presented to the process.

Fortunately this document was incorporated into the official website (**) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico to be considered in the High Level Panel consultation for Latin America held in Jalisco, Mexico recently.

Let´s hope that the Secretary General´s report, to be presented to UN General Assembly, do incorporates the concerns expressed by many organizations.

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monica about moduleMónica López Baltodano is the Southern Voices Regional Facilitator for Latin America. A lawyer and political science graduate, Mónica is based at Centro Alexander von Humboldt in Managua, Nicaragua, where she takes up her responsibilities as Climate Change Officer and Sustainability Watch Latin America (SUSWATCH) delegtate in the UNFCCC negotiations. Mónica is also deeply involved in Climate Action Network (CAN) Latin America, the Nicaraguan Climate Change Alliance (ANACC) and the regional Building Bridges (Construyendo Puentes) project. - Contact: (More contact details here)

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