*Originally submitted in Spanish and translated to English by the Secretariat
Key plans and strategies for the achievement of the Sustainable
In 2016, the country’s political and social stakeholders came together, in the National Consultations for Development, to establish and adopt a forward-looking State strategy called “Panamá 2030”, seeking to map out the way to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Panama.
The successful establishment of Panamá 2030 was the product of the joint efforts of industry, workers, non-governmental organizations, churches, academic institutions, indigenous peoples, political parties and Government institutions, all representing their sectors’ interests to the National Consultations for Development
Plan Panama: A Country for All — Zero Poverty
This Plan sees poverty as a phenomenon with a variety of manifestations and causes, and seeks to reduce poverty in general and eliminate extreme poverty through interconnected, cross-cutting social policies and programmes targeting the most disadvantaged, promoting their access to basic services, social welfare and family support, fostering the growth of human capital and the reduction and gradual narrowing of social divisions.
Priority Sustainable Development Goals
Panama 2030 establishes as priority Goals:
(a) Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (Goal 3);
(b) Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (Goal 4);
(c) Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all (Goal 8);
(d) Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies (Goal 16).
Priority unifying themes
The unifying themes of public policy action for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the main priorities for the path to human development are equal opportunities, a cross-cultural approach, sustainability and decentralization.
Main challenges and areas of progress
Through the multisectoral commission, the Social Affairs Office is promoting the alignment of public policy with the themes of the 2030 Agenda, with the aim of securing progress in line with the country’s development priorities. The process of alignment is guided by the Social Agenda for 2015-2019. The relevant action includes providing context for the targets and indicators associated with the Goals; mechanisms to monitor and follow up the Goals, and a communication, dissemination and information programme for the Goals.
The multidimensional poverty index was established as a principal instrument for shaping public policy. To that end, dimensions and indicators were selected, the disadvantages and gaps characterizing poverty were defined, deprivation was quantified and poverty was defined in multidimensional terms
Stakeholder participation and consultation
Participation and interaction
Through the Social Affairs Office, the Government held three consultations with public institutions, the National Assembly, women’s groups, indigenous peoples, people of African descent, young people, academics, entrepreneurs and aid agencies, in order to conduct an interactive strategy dialogue on what steps to take at national level to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The consultation began a convergence of the assistance agendas of the bodies of the United Nations system, the Social Affairs Office and Government and non-governmental counterparts.
Resources for implementation
Mechanism for interaction and consensus
Panama adopted the Sustainable Development Goals through Executive Decree No. 393, which established a mechanism for coordination between the Social Affairs Office, the National Consultations for Development and the Office of the Secretary for Presidential Goals.
Panama put in place a management system for governance, a technological tool which seeks to provide optimum traceability of State projects and programmes, and to increase efficiency. The system facilitates monitoring and management of priority goals, providing real-time information on the degree of alignment between plans and strategies and the Sustainable Development Goals and their targets.
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