With solely seven years left to ship on the Sustainable Improvement Objectives, Caribbean governments and the United Nations have renewed their dedication to intensifying efforts to attain the imaginative and prescient of the 2030 Agenda, beneath the brand new United Nations Multi-country Sustainable Improvement Cooperation Framework (MSDCF) 2022-2026.
An inaugural assembly of a sub-regional joint steering committee, the governing physique charged with strategic oversight for implementation of the regional MSDCF within the Jap Caribbean, was held on Tuesday at UN Home, with sturdy participation from authorities leaders. It was co-chaired by UN Resident Coordinator, Didier Trebucq and consultant of the Authorities of Barbados, minister within the Prime Minister’s Workplace, Senator Dr. Shantal Munro-Knight.
In delivering opening remarks in his capability as co-chair, Trebucq stated the primary steering committee assembly was opportune for the sub-region because it allowed companions to come back collectively after one yr beneath the cooperation framework, to proceed their partnership within the work began final yr.
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“Excessive debt burden, already a longstanding concern on this area is growing its strain on nations. This yr alone international debt service funds skyrocketed to 35 % – the most important improve in many years, and meals insecurity has risen from 33 % to 57 %. Coupled with the lingering results of the pandemic and the acceleration of local weather change, individuals and governments within the sub-region are more and more dealing with tough selections to construct resilience. On this context, working collectively and dealing successfully is of paramount significance. And that’s the reason we’re right here in the present day,” the UN head defined.
Figuring out efforts round tackling studying losses following the pandemic, growing entry to financing and strengthening food-security as among the many key vital points delivered for the sub-region in 2022, the UN head stated going ahead elevated consideration will probably be positioned on SDG acceleration, digitization throughout key sectors, and local weather change and resilience, with higher emphasis on local weather financing.
Senator Munro-Knight, in addressing the gathering, famous the unprecedented challenges that confronted the area over the previous two to 3 years when it comes to depth, continuity and impression.
“I don’t suppose that there’s ever been a time within the historical past of the globe that we’ve got seen shock, after shock, after shock coming, and significantly for small states,” she maintained, positing that the area is poised to beat these challenges by advantage of its historical past of survival, sturdy partnerships and penchant for innovation.
She additionally underscored the significance of getting companions just like the UN System that’s centered on strolling beside nations, centered on supply, listening, being versatile, and making certain they’re demand-driven.