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Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Ecuador, South America



At general government level it has been established that the following three pressing challenges are:

  • Building income opportunities for small farmer-owned production units.
  • Overhauling the country’s local food production in order to access safe, affordable and nutritious food.
  • Fighting malnutrition and anemia among the children and many young mothers, Therefore, the first three goals of no hunger, no poverty and good health are being actively pursued at this level of life in Ecuador. 

In November 2017, the country’s Business Sector pledged to work with 7 of the SDGs. In December 2017, an award was given to Ecuadorian companies that have demonstrated good practices towards the advancement of each of the Goals. 

Localising the SDGs in the South of Quito and in the province of Cotopaxi

Nicole Insuasti, a student completing her political science and international relations degree at the UDLA University in Quito, has given a series of training sessions to local government leaders and indigenous community leaders in the same area. Nicole was studying English in New York in 2016 and Sr Elsa Muttathu was asked if she could attend UN sessions in the afternoons and accompany other interns in the office. Elsa very kindly guided her and now this young Ecuadorian student can make the important connections between the UN and local communities in Ecuador. 

They are also involved in an ecological project called Huasipungo, a Kichwa work used to express the gateway to the house. This ecological pathway is a gateway to ensuring that no person is left behind in marginalized areas. 

This is an indigenous community initiative and the work achieved up to this moment. The emphasis is on Goal numbers 2 (Zero Hunger), 5 (Gender Equality), 13 (Climate Action), 15 (Life on Land) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). 

SDG 2 – Healthy organic food
SDG 5 – Gender Equality “All work together for the common










SDG 13 – Cultivating local native trees and plants in Huasipungo

Categories: Latin America, Sustainable Development Goals