CARICOM hopes for early momentum toward "The Future We Want"

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George Talbot

The Caribbean Community -CARICOM has consistently advocated for an urgent start to the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Guyana's Representative Ambassador George Talbot told the inaugural meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development that as they embark on the substantive phase of their deliberations it was his hope that they would gain early momentum which would move them toward the timely completion of their work in accordance with the Rio+20 outcome document “The Future We Want”.

He said CARICOM reaffirms that the process of defining the goals must be open, inclusive and transparent and that it should also uphold the decision made at Rio+20 for a group of 30 representatives to coordinate the development of the Sustainable Development Goals -SDGs.

“For CARICOM, sustainable development goals must be universally applicable people centred and be directly relevant to national priorities and respectful of country ownership. SDGs must continue to track progress for poverty eradication, and promote sustained, inclusive and equitable growth for all. As Small Island Developing States, the CARICOM will endeavour to provide a SIDS perspective on the SDGs, mindful that while universal the goals will necessarily have to be flexible to allow for differentiated approaches and measures for achieving them. We also anticipate that through this process as well as the broader process for post 2015 development agenda, mainstreaming sustainable development across the entire UN system will be a firm objective. The SDGs and the broader post-2015 development agenda, of which they will be become a part, must also be designed in a manner which will achieve the objective of mainstreaming sustainable development across the entire UN system.”

NAR: Ambassador Talbot said the CARICOM region was in the process of refining some key areas that could be considered in the elaboration of sustainable development goals. These included the linkages between energy, food and water. He said CARICOM considered that health may be treated in a more holistic manner addressing both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

“ Other areas of import include educ ation, in terms of access and enhancing the quality of education, enhancing resilience through strengthened measures to address disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Accompanying the goals must be a strong framework for enabling implementation and cooperation at the national, regional and multilateral level. This should include the mobilisation of adequate means of implementation, including through traditional and alternative sources of financing and determining means of supporting vulnerable economies, particularly small, highly indebted vulnerable countries, in their efforts to secure economic sustainability and resilience.”

NAR: Guyana representative Ambassador George Talbot.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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