The organization’s delegation, headed by its Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena, is participating in the 2nd High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, being held in Buenos Aires.
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Itools for windows. (March 20, 2019) “The modalities of international cooperation must adapt to the new global context and facilitate countries’ development processes with new instruments that are indispensable if we want to tackle current challenges and achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda,” Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), indicated during the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40), which is taking place in Buenos Aires.
The senior international official is heading the delegation from the UN regional commission that is participating in various side events and in the main debates of the conference, which was inaugurated today by the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri; the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres; and the President of the global organization’s General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa.
Alicia Bárcena accompanied the Secretary-General during his bilateral meetings with President Macri and with the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera. In addition, she held a series of meetings with the delegations representing the countries of the region, especially those from the Caribbean.
Bárcena was one of the main speakers at the side event “Transition to sustainable development: New pathways for cooperation to fulfill the 2030 Agenda,” which was held this Wednesday, March 20, and organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, ECLAC and the European Union.
The UNCAF Nations Cup is a biennial soccer tournament, held for the CONCACAF national teams of Central America: (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) The tournament has been held since 1991 and doubles as a qualifying event for the Gold Cup. The top 5 teams will qualify for CONCACAF Gold Cup 2009. Here are some exciting facts about the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019. This year’s edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup will feature 16 teams for the first time. On February 2018, the CONCACAF announced that the tournament would be expanded to 16 teams from 12.
On this occasion, these four institutions released the joint document Latin American Economic Outlook 2019 (LEO). In it, they call for a renewed and inclusive multilateralism to forge a new approach to development and a new paradigm for international cooperation, with the goal of overcoming the development traps that the region’s countries face. These are the traps of productivity, social vulnerability, institutional matters and environmental sustainability.
The report states that Latin America and the Caribbean should put itself at the forefront of this reformulation of international cooperation. It also urges the region’s governments to take on the challenge of leading the drive to promote a renewed and inclusive multilateralism that contributes to fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a renewed consensus for achieving a new development paradigm and an important political step forward. This ambitious agenda cannot be achieved in isolation. It establishes commitments for the entire international community and demands policy action at a national, regional and global level,” Bárcena stated during the presentation.
“In this framework, Latin America and the Caribbean faces complex challenges to its development, which require another approach. Hence, ECLAC along with the OECD and the European Union have presented a new modality, called Development in Transition (DiT), to support the region in its transition to more inclusive and sustainable development,” she added.
ECLAC’s Executive Secretary underscored that the current measurements of income and per capita GDP are inadequate since they do not capture the real level of countries’ development and they provide very poor information for policy making. “Today’s world is completely different from when the 2030 Agenda was approved (in 2015). Today we face a very volatile and shifting context, weakened multilateralism, a trade war, climate change, greater inequality and fragmented cooperation. Many countries have been ‘graduated’ (from official aid), but what does it mean for a country to graduate? They still have structural gaps, which make them fall into this ‘development trap,’” she explained.
“We offer concrete proposals to deal with this situation. For example, lowering the transaction costs of remittances, regulating transborder illicit flows, and many others. We need to change the metrics, seek spaces for cooperation and strengthen the production of regional and global public goods,” Alicia Bárcena stressed.
“Inequality in our region continues to be an issue. We must put equality and sustainability at the center of development and investment. Through this tool on Development in Transition, ECLAC, along with the OECD and the European Union, offers a dialogue mechanism for reclaiming multilateralism at a regional level, which we need so very much,” she said previously, during a side event at the BAPA+40 Conference on Uruguay’s cooperation policy, held on Tuesday, March 19.
Meanwhile, ECLAC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Mario Cimoli, participated in two side events at PABA+40: one on cooperation for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the G20 and the voluntary peer learning mechanism – organized by the National Council for Social Policy Coordination of Argentina – and the other on South-South cooperation for the financing of development in the digital era, organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
At the first side event, Cimoli emphasized education and early childhood as determinant elements in the processes of greater inclusion and poverty reduction, while at the second one, he stressed the importance of digitalization in current development opportunities, and the key role that blockchains and fintech companies play as crucial technologies that will help regional integration.
Both ECLAC’s Executive Secretary and its Deputy Executive Secretary will continue participating in the BAPA+40 Conference on Thursday and Friday, March 21-22. In addition to taking part in debates at the plenary meetings, they will speak at side events on international cooperation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and on the quantification and valorization of South-South cooperation.
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They are presently playing their best soccer right now in CONCACAF. They sit atop the Hexagon standing with a 4-0-1 record with 12 points. They have beaten the USA, Honduras, El Salvador at home. They also beat Trinidad and Tobago in the only away victory at this stage. They also have allowed the fewest goals (5) of the 6 remaining Hexagon teams. The Tico’s are clicking on all cylinders and Kenton is not taking his foot off the gas. He has brought his senior team and look to take their first Gold Cup.
Players to watch for are Saprissa’s Walter Centeno. He is a cagy veteran who can control the pace of the game in the middle. Celso Borges (Club Fredrikstad-NOR) will help Centreno with his quick attacks up the middle. He is deadly around the goal area scoring 5 goals in the last 2 qualifing wounds. They will feed strikers Andy Furtado (Marathon-Hon) and Alvaro Saborio of Sion - Switzerland. They will be the favorite to win this group since this team has the experience, depth and cohesion from playing together so long.
Jamaica The Reggae Boyz will be playing in their 7th Gold Cup. They qualified by winning the 2009 Caribbean Cup 2:0 against Grenada in Kingston Jamaica. This brings their Caribbean Championships to 4. They have made the knockout round 4 out of 6 times they participated in the Gold Cup. The Reggae Boyz best performance was reaching the semi-finals on 2 occasions (1993, 1998). They had a very memorable 0:0 tie with Brazil in 1998 Gold Cup group play game.
The Reggae Boyz and fans are dreadfully disappointed they are not participating in the Final Hexagon stage. They registered 3 victories in their last 3 semi-final games beating Honduras, Mexico and Canada. They tied Mexico for second place and were edged out on goal differential. They have to wait another 4 years for the next World Cup cycle. Luckily they have the Gold Cup to look forward to. They have proven they are the best of the Caribbean in 2009 by winning the Caribbean Cup and want to prove they belong with the elite of CONCACAF. They are the only Caribbean representative in this group and will be looking to prove themselves.
Look for Omar Cummings FW who is on a tear for the Colorado Rapids. He is fast and powerful and the rugged MLS defenses can not stop him. FW -Luton Shelton (Valerenga-Nor)already has 27 goals for the senior team with only 43 appearances. Jamaica also has Ricardo Fuller (Stoke City-Eng) and Marlon King (Wigan Athletic-Eng) up front to complete the most accomplished and deepest FW positions in the Tournament. These potent forwards will be feed from Jeraine Johnson (Shefeild Wednesday-ENG), Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Barnsley-ENG), Demar Phillips (Aalesunds-NOR). The Defense will be anchored by Ricardo Gardner (Bolton Wanders-Eng) who should have over 100 caps after the tournament is complete. Guarding the net will be Donovan Ricketts (LA-Galaxy-USA0 who presently is the best goalie in MSL this year. This team is loaded with international players who play at the top levels in Europe. They are bringing a very experienced players and if they can find some cohesion and play a little defense they will go deep in this tournament.
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Canada The Canucks are making their 9th appearance in the Gold Cup. This will be their 6th Gold Cup in a row. They claimed their first ever international tournament in 2000 winning the Gold Cup. They beat a very talented Colombia 2:0 in LA California. They are the only other CONCACAF team to win the Gold Cup besides (USA and Mexico). They reached the semi-finals in 2007 event losing to eventual Champion USA 2:1. They are lead by Coach Stephen Hart.
The big new out of Canada is Dwane DeRosario decision not to play in the Gold Cup. The decision is understandable since Canada will not be playing in the 2010 World Cup. The national team has to get ready for 2014. DeRosario will not be involved in that campaign. Also Toronto TC is struggling in the crucial part of MLS right now. Toronto TC also has to get ready for the Champions league.
Canada will have Gold Cup 2007 MVP Juan De Guzman of Deportivo La Coruna (ESP) will patrolling the Middle. He may be paired up with Will Johnson of Real Salt Lake – USA. Johnson is a versatile and can play the AT position. They will feed Ali Gerba MK Dons (Eng) up front. Gerba was their best offense in World Cup Qualifying and they will rely on him. Also look for 22 year old Simeon Jackson (Gillingham-ENG). “Jackson has shined all season for the club, and ended the season as the team's leading scorer with twenty goals”  Their back line will be anchored by their captain Paul Stalteri. Stalteri plays along side Michael Bradley in Germany for Borussia Monchengladbach (GER). The rest of the team is made up of players playing in MLS and scattered through out Europe.
They will be a formidable club if De Guzman can find some space in the middle and the young players come of age. They play a well organized defense scheme. They are all very big and play a very physical game. Spirits are very low right now in Canada after crashing out of World Cup Qualifying semi-final round. This Gold Cup can in a good time for many Canuck fans. They believe they are capable of regaining the magic of 2000 and feel they have something to prove to themselves and to the rest of CONCACAF. They played a great tournament in 2007 beating Costa Rica 2:1 and Haiti 2:0 in group play. They then dominated Guatemala 3:0 in the knockout round. Then in the semi-final they played a very even match against the Yanks. They were robbed on a bad call to tie the game at the end of regulation. This call will compare to the “Hand of God” with in CONCACAF as one of the most horrendous non-calls ever. The Canucks play well in the States and if Staleri can organize the defense it will be hard to score on them.
Mexican Carlos de los Cobos took over as head coach in 2006. The El Salvador national team has drastically improved. The surprised Central American Champion Panama by knocking them out in World Cup Qualifying. Then they surprised pundits again by getting by Haiti and Suriname in the semi-finals and making the Final stage. Many others, like me, thought that El Salvador would just be cannon fodder in the final round. They played the Yanks in March and the Yanks were lucky to get a 2:2 tie at the end of the game. The played the tightest game of any team at Saprissa stadium only losing 1:0 to the Tico’s. This team is brimming with confidence after the recent 2-1 victory over Mexico in San Salvador. Their team is playing extremely well and wants the team firing on all cylinders going into the 2nd half of World Cup Qualifying.
They will be bringing their senior team to the Gold Cup and do not want to lose their edge. Look for Christian Castillo and Cyprus based Eliseo Quintanilla with their clean sharp passes in the middle. They will try to spring senior Rudis Corales and the ultra quick Rodolfo Zelaya (Mexico Club Leon) up front. The team and fans now believe they can beat anyone in CONCACAF with their recent World Cup Qualifying games. They will be bringing one of their strongest teams to the Gold Cup. They just have to learn how to win outside of Cuscatalon Stadium.
The Group Group A will feature a team from each of the 3 regions in CONCACAF. There will be 2 Central American (Costa Rica & El Salvador) teams battling a North American representative (Canada) and the Caribbean Champion (Jamaica). This will be the most competitive group of the 3 groups. Costa Rica may be the favorite the other nations will be looking to prove themselves. Every team and their fans believe that their national team can win this group.
This is the 6th time the Canada and Costa Rica have been placed in the same Gold Cup group. This game has turned into a great rivalry between these 2 nations. Canada beat them 2:1 in the last Gold Cup so the Tico’s will be ready for them this year.
Jamaica opens against Canada and after a 3:0 drubbing of the Canucks in Kingston. The Canucks will not overlook the Reggae Boyz in the first game. Whoever wins this game will gain much needed confidence going forward. I give the edge to the Reggae Boyz here. El Salvador opens against Costa Rica and they will want to establish a tone before the Final Hex game in San Salvador. This will be a very physical game. El Salvador is tired of playing second fiddle to the Ticos and this will be their best chance to rectify this.
I believe Costa Rica is playing their best ball and should emerge the top seed here. Jamaica wants to exert its influence beyond the Caribbean and will be going all out for this Championship. They have the talent to go deep in this Gold Cup. Canada will be playing many youngsters however they play well in the States. El Salvador has gained tremendous confidence and could be the surprise. Los Cuscatlecos will be hoping to get points to make quarterfinals.