Sustainable Development Goals Coming in 5 Years
The framework provides a platform for countries to access global expertise and experience of the United Nations System at both the country and sub regional levels. Bruno Pouezat assumed chairmanship of the regional steering committee at the conclusion of the conference. He identified a number of similarities that are shared by participating countries in respect of their approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Those objectives will be rolled out over a five-year period.
Bruno Pouezat, UN Resident Coordinator, Jamaica
“The first commonality is that all of the countries of the Caribbean, including the eighteen countries of the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, they have signed UN-MSDF committed to the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The political side of the question now is how we go about it; how do we achieve these goals by 2030. The goals are a lot more ambitious than previous set of global agenda millennium development goals. Not only are they more ambitious individually, but they are more closely connected together which is a little overwhelming for any country; so the question is where do you start. So, a lot of work is to identify areas where we the UN could offer a decisive support that would help the countries across the region make clear steps forward on this agenda. So, we have emerged with four areas of priority and over the past two days our discussions have revisited these priorities including our own ability to interact with the governments and offer tangible support; not only financial support but substantive support to achieve these goals. The first area has to do with growth and employment and this is clearly a priority for all the countries in the region. Growth has been stagnant in many of the countries in the Caribbean so they are all looking for a new development model that will take them into the twenty-first century. The second area is safety and security for all citizens. The feeling in most countries is that crime is out of control and that some segments of society have been left behind; some by various deprivations, but also some of attacks against human rights of some communities such as minorities. The third area has to do with health and we see across the Caribbean a high level of income and we see appearing on a large scale now non-communicable diseases that are connected to lifestyle and nutrition choices. And the fourth area has to do with sustainable and resilient development; ensuring that this extraordinary nature – fabulous wealth – of the Caribbean countries can be sustained and passed on to future generations.”