DOMINICA, May 2 (IPS) – Caribbean countries are signing the 2022-2026 agreement, hoping to increase development assistance to improve health, education and social services, while addressing climate-related challenges. The Sustainable Development Framework for English and Dutch Caribbeans (MSDCF) in March, the country joined others such as Saint Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, Suriname and Aruba within a 5-year framework to plan and implement the United Nations development of judgment.
Support for the 2022 to 2026 agreement has continued to grow since December 2021, when Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Guyana signed a framework of cooperation, which it hopes will help the countries achieve it. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
For countries in the Caribbean, one of the most vulnerable globally, the framework is an important tool that, based on building climate and economic resilience, promotes peace. equality, promoting peace, safety and the rule of law.
It is also important for a country like Dominica, which in 2017 lost US$1.4 billion or 226% of GDP due to Hurricane Maria. The small island nation is on a mission to build resilience across sectors through initiatives like Climate resilience and resilience planwhile grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
Country representatives have used platforms such as the United Nations General Assembly to urge development partners to consider the unique weaknesses of small island states in their support packages.
The country’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the United Nations framework would help Caribbean governments implement programs to strengthen health, education and social services while contributing to economic growth.
“We are operating in a tumultuous time defined by enormous environmental and climate-related challenges, conflict and economic uncertainty. This agreement proposes to help our small territories meet the challenges of our times and achieve economic resilience and prosperity. That is reason for optimism as we work together to find a way to solve our common problems,” he said.
The agreement builds on the framework of the 2017-2022 period that has been signed by 18 Caribbean countries. Initiatives within that framework focus on areas such as building resilience in the Caribbean and implementing climate-resilient, low-emission technology in agriculture.
United Nations officials say that the new agreement, known as a ‘second-generation framework,’ considers the lessons learned. Developed during a pandemic, it also acknowledges that COVID-19 presents many complex structural vulnerabilities to Caribbean countries, which must now ‘build back better.’
“This new agreement ushers in a new era of cooperation that fosters cooperation and shared commitment for the Dominican people,” said United Nations Resident Coordinator for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Didier Trebucq at the signing ceremony. Dominican Union.
For months, leaders across the Caribbean have talked about the danger of not meeting Sustainable development goalsas they redirect scarce resources in response to a protracted pandemic.
According to preliminary UN data, Goals 1 to 6, known as ‘people-centered goals,’ have been severely impacted by COVID-19.
Prime Minister of Barbados, the first leader in the group of Barbados and OECS to sign MSDCFsaid the pandemic has slowed progress towards the SDG goals.
“We will have a hard time fighting poverty, we will have a hard time making sure that people don’t go hungry, we will have a hard time ensuring that everyone has access to health. good and happy, as we know it, has been happening during the pandemic. We will have a hard time providing quality education and who are the biggest victims of this pandemic if not our children around the world, many of whom have been denied access. education for not having access to things like electricity and online tools to be able to get it,” said Prime Minister Mia Mottley, referring to Goals 1 to 4.
She said Goals 5 and 6 – Gender Equality and Clean Water and Sanitation are also at risk, noting that women have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, while countries like Barbados continued interest in groundwater access in the face of the climate crisis.
The MSDCF was developed by six United Nations Country Groups, following rounds of consultations with government agencies, the private sector, development partners and civil society organisations.
It will work on two levels; in the region by applying shared approaches to common and country-wide challenges to address country and territory-specific problems and vulnerabilities, and to help governments prepare for future external shocks.
According to the MSDCF, the vision is for the region to become more resilient, “with greater capacity to achieve all of the Sustainable Development Goals, and to be a place where people choose to live and can reach their full potential.” their abilities”.
It promises to provide more effective assistance to the signatories, through the judicious use of United Nations resources and in line with the goals of the United Nations. Reform of the UN development system.
It hopes to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and facilitate a faster recovery from the health and socioeconomic impact of COVID-19, with one region’s voice on a common path of development.
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