U.N. in Caribbean Meets to Set Priorities
Regional coordinators from various United Nations agencies within the Caribbean have concluded a two-day conference in Belize where they met at length to discuss the implementation of the United Nations Multi-country Sustainable Framework. The underlying set of ideas focuses on four priorities areas that have been collectively agreed on by participating member states. The objective of the framework is to ensure that all countries are included in national development efforts, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals. Christian Salazar Volkmann is the UN Resident Coordinator for Belize and El Salvador. He is also chair of the Regional Steering Committee.
Christian Salazar Volkmann, UN Resident Coordinator, Belize
“Today we are really happy to have the whole, kind of the highest level of the UN represented across the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean to discuss how to implement, how to support the region to implement the sustainable development agenda which is the global agenda of the UN member states. There’s a committee that coordinates the joint work here in the Caribbean. The committee has an annual meeting; this one is taking place in Belize. I take stock of what has been achieved and right now we have almost all of the eighteen countries in the region that participate in this initiative have signed the joint frame work. We have developed implementation plans per country in almost all of the countries and we have installed four working groups to bring us forward together as one for the Caribbean. One on resource mobilization, one on communication, one that looks at monitoring evaluation and one that is creating policy networks across the region on the priorities that just have to do with social equity, with poverty reduction, with growth and another one with climate change and resilience, another one with fighting crime and the rule of law and another one on the climate change agenda. So all of these link together the officials that have the technical knowledge across the Caribbean and so they come together also to work on topics like, for example, youth employment.”