An assessment has been developed by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) to evaluate the status of reporting of 18 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region to the six global agreements on sustainable development and climate change. This assessment is developed under a joint project between CAF – Development Bank of Latin America and the SLoCaT Partnership.
Global agreements have set out qualitative and quantitative targets and indicators to guide sustainable development and climate change actions in the next decades. Tracking and monitoring the progress made to achieve these targets is vital to the overall success of the global agreements not only because it helps to quantify impacts and measure outcomes; it also contribute the evaluation and refining for future actions and commitments.
Most global agreements have set up some form of reporting mechanism to track implementation progress, monitor how their goals and targets are integrated in national policies, and to provide a platform for policy-makers to exchange experience and knowledge to improve their actions.
The 18 countries selected for this assessment are: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
It was found that most LAC countries are, in general, submitting the required reports to the six global agreements; however, the level of useful detail in transport sector reporting leaves room for improvement. It is also clear that countries have a tendency to report on transport development in the context of infrastructure expansion and economic development, but the emphasis on transport’s role in address major sustainability issues is insufficient and inconsistent.