EU and UNDP discuss ways to advance the development goals in the CaribbeanFeb 20, 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a unique opportunity to the Caribbean countries to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable people and boost resilience, said UNDP during a dialogue with the European Union on the Caribbean.
According to UNDP’s Caribbean Human Development Report 2016, the Caribbean countries face economic, social and environmental vulnerabilities, threatening the relapse of millions of families back into poverty. Heavy debt hinders the ability to access finance for sustainable development while climate-related extreme weather events and natural disasters cause enormous damage to houses, infrastructure, and economies.
“We are supporting the Caribbean countries to achieve people’s wellbeing beyond income, ensuring no one is left behind,” said Jessica Faieta, Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean. “The Sustainable Development Goals provide the framework to further expand our partnership with the European Union in the region”.
Citizens’ security, climate change, disaster risk reduction and the implementation of the SDGs featured high on the agenda of the meeting which brought together representatives of the European Union and UNDP offices in the Caribbean countries. The UNDP Country Office which represents Jamaica, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, was represented by Mr Bruno Pouezat, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator.
UNDP and the EU are partnering in 140 countries to deepen democratic governance, prevent or help countries recover from conflict and natural disasters, build resilience, and adapt to climate change.
In the Caribbean, EU and UNDP work together on enhancing sustainable agriculture and food security and increasing resilience against natural disasters. An ACP-EU Development Minerals programme, implemented by UNDP, helps revive the domestic minerals sector in over 40 countries, including the Caribbean. In Jamaica, for instance, the programme trained 178 quarry operators on entrepreneurial and environmental practices which helps increase their productivity and create more jobs for the local community.
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