The director of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, José Joaquín Hernández Brito, took part in the symbolic signing of the strategic framework of the Canary Islands 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in a ceremony in which the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, brought together public administrations, businesses and workers, universities, the elderly and young people, the non-profit sector, education, sport, culture and environmental movements, among other official institutions and groups that contributed with their views and collaboration to the participatory process leading up to the signing of the document.
The President of the Canary Islands stressed that this strategic framework transcends the sphere of action of the Canary Islands Government and is intended as an instrument for all the economic, social, educational and cultural agents that support it. “We have a clear roadmap for our future. For the first time in decades, we know the Canary Islands we want to be,” he said.
The signing of the strategic framework of the Canary Islands 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been called the “Los Jameos Covenant” because it took place in Los Jameos del Agua, in Haría, on the island of Lanzarote. It establishes a clear commitment to sustainability in the archipelago, with well-defined and measurable goals to be achieved by 2030, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The signatories agreed that the island region should make a quantitative and qualitative leap in social, economic and environmental sustainability in this decade, accelerating progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 169 targets of the UN 2030 Agenda, having adapted them to the unique reality and features of the Canary Islands.
The Canary Islands 2030 Agenda is the result of a far-reaching process of participation within Canary Islands society, an initiative that locates the 17 SDGs in the context of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, following an analysis of the distinctive features of the islands.
The strategic framework of the Canary Islands 2030 Agenda, an instrument that was conceived as one of the key policies of the current regional government, is a document created on the basis of dialogue and participation of the whole of Canary Islands society.