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Caribbean nations like St Kitts need a “new generation of public policies” File Photo: UNDP

Caribbean countries need "new generation of public policies"

Caribbean countries need a new generation of public policies to increase gains on the economic, social and environmental fronts while boosting climate and financial resilience in order to protect the well-being of their citizens.

That's according to the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Human Development Report (HDR) for the Caribbean which was released in Barbados on Monday.

Here's lead author Compton Bourne.

"The countries of the region must boost economic growth and simultaneously seek to achieve multi-dimensional progress. Allied to that observation that multi-dimensional progress enables sustainable economic growth,"

South-south cooperation "critical" element of 2030 Agenda

Collaboration between developing countries, often referred to as south-south cooperation is a "critical" element of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

That's according to Jorge Chediek, the UN Envoy for South-South Cooperation speaking on the international day which focuses on the issue.

"South-south cooperation has been identified as a critical means of implementation for the 2030 agenda. We want to highlight the concrete achievements of south-south cooperation, to highlight the potential of doing even more and to highlight how south-south cooperation can complement north-south cooperation which continues and should remain the essential element of the cooperation architecture."

The agenda includes 17 internationally agreed poverty and sustainability goals.

The UN says that developing countries have the primary responsibility for promoting and implementing south-south cooperation

Treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

A global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species is to enter into force in 2017, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced.

The Ballast Water Management Convention aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive species through ships' ballast water.

Each year, large vessels transport an estimated 5 billion tonnes of ballast water across the world's oceans.

Organisms transported in the water can establish footholds in their new environments as invasive species, disrupting both marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Under the convention, ships will be required to manage their ballast water and avoid the discharge of aquatic organisms.

UN chief calls for a "common humanity" in Eid message

People should draw on a "common humanity to build a better world for all," the UN Secretary-General has said in a message to mark the Muslim celebration, Eid al-Adha.

Ban Ki-moon made the call at a time when he said societies face complex challenges, including violent conflict, displacement and division.

He described Eid as a "celebration of sacrifice for the common good, family and community," as well as compassion and solidarity with the world's neediest people.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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