Message from The Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade of Jamaica

Welcome to the Caribbean Action 2030: Online Platform! a valuable outcome of the Caribbean Action 2030: Regional Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals, held in June 2017. I extend sincere appreciation to my CARICOM colleagues and to our partners, the University of the West Indies and the United Nations Development Programme, for their collaboration in creating this important regional space, in which we can, collectively and more closely, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the SDGs. I also wish to express our gratitude to the developers, Gio Design Studio, for their professionalism and hard work in making this initiative a more

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Posted by: admin Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 16:25
The process for the development of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) Report used a similar approach to that of the MDGs preparation and built on the momentum created by the process for the formulation of the GSDS. As a final act in this process, a Validation Workshop was held on June 1st, 2017, which included small group sessions to enable clarification and solicitation of comments on the Draft VNR.
Belize's institutional arrangement for implementing and monitoring the GSDS is provided by inter-ministerial committees. Membership in five Technical Committees has been drawn from various government ministries associated with achieving five Critical Success Factors outlined in the ...
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Belize has made significant strides in transitioning from the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. “Horizon 2030: National Development Framework for Belize 2010-2030” now guides long-term development planning. The strategic priorities for Belize by the year 2030 includes democratic governance for effective public administration and sustainable development; education; economic resilience and a healthy citizenry and environment. Building on this long-term development plan and to guide the implementation of the SDGs the “Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) 2016-2020” was adopted. This is an integrated, systematic approach based on the principles of sustainable development towards a proactive role for the state; accessing global markets; and innovative social policy implementation... read more

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Posted by: admin Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 16:05
The Bahamas is a low-lying, small-island, archipelagic developing state. The country has enjoyed the peaceful transition of Government within its Parliamentary democracy over its 45 years as an independent country, with 4 Prime Ministers serving during that period. The economy, driven by the twin pillars of tourism and financial services, has been generally strong, delivering a high quality of life evidenced by a strong Human Development Index score increasing from levels of
0.778 in 1990 to 0.792 in 2015.
Nevertheless, there are some important negative trends which suggest that many have been left behind as the country progressed. Youth unemployment, for example, has remained high – rising to as much as 30% in 2015. Some 13% of the population lives in poverty, with 25% of these being children between the ages of 5-14. Key industries are not producing enough growth to drive sufficient employment expansion. Challenges prevail in both the public...
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Posted by: admin Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 11:49

Access to clean, safe and secure water resources is an essential prerequisite for communities to prosper. While access to water and sanitation is often taken for granted in developed countries, this basic right is denied to many across the globe every day.

Sustainable development goal (SDG) 6, as formulated by the United Nations Open Working Group, presents an ambitious, yet achievable mission for the next two decades: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” We propose that this goal can be achieved by applying four principles: 1) Separating drinking water from wastewater; 2) Accessing and treating drinking water to remove chemical and biological contaminants; 3) Protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems; and 4) Guaranteeing water access and water rights.

1. Separating drinking water from wastewater

Historically, the single biggest factor contributing to the increased longevity of humans was the separation of...

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Posted by: admin Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:46

In September 2015, Heads of State will convene at the General Assembly of the United Nations to agree upon a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). The first target of the first SDG proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) of Member States is to “eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere” by 2030. The second target is to reduce at least by half the proportion of people living in poverty according to national definitions. These are noble and historic targets for global progress—they deserve their status at the top of the list. At the same time, they illustrate issues affecting a considerable number of the 169 development targets proposed by OWG, such as how do we measure them and are they plausible?

These two questions are linked. How we resolve the challenges of measurement will have a profound impact on the targets’ power to motivate as well as on the likelihood that those targets will be met. Poverty lines at the national and local level are frequently...

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