Costa Rica is about to celebrate the bicentennial of its independence in 2021 and presented its second Voluntary National Review at HLPF in July 2020. This commemoration, as well as the global context of the Decade of Action for the Delivery of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides a very timely opportunity to be the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to host the 16+ Forum Annual Showcase, as well as to help further the implementation of SDG 16+ across countries and contexts, and at all levels. 

With the first Annual Showcase in Tbilisi, Georgia, the second in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the third in Díli, Timor-Leste, and now the fourth in San José, Costa Rica, each opens with a focus on the host country and a flagship theme, while then broadening the lens to include a variety of country and regional contexts.