Saint Lu­cia’s Civil So­ci­ety Ranks the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Novem­ber 29th and 30th, the Coali­tion of Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions of Saint Lu­cia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Trust is host­ing a con­sul­ta­tion to so­licit the views from the pub­lic on the na­tion's ad­vance­ment on achiev­ing the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) and the SAMOA Path­way. This two­day event is slated to take place at the Golden Palm Event Cen­tre.

In Septem­ber 2015, gov­ern­ments through­out the world, in­clud­ing Saint Lu­cia, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, which came into ef­fect in Jan­uary 2016. This agenda in­cludes 17 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals ac­com­pa­nied by 169 tar­gets to be achieved by the end of 2030. The SDG Agenda, which builds upon the suc­cess of the pre­ced­ing eight Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals (MDGs), is broader in scope, ad­dresses more com­plex chal­lenges, and re­quires more in­clu­sive­ness and col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships, both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Thus, the lo­cal­is­ing of the SDGs calls for greater par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion among stake­hold­ers and across all sec­tors. This agenda prom­ises to de­liver an op­por­tu­nity for devel­op­ment that is in­clu­sive, in­te­grated and lo­cally fo­cused.

In like man­ner, at the Third United Na­tions Small Island De­vel­op­ing States (SIDS) Sum­mit held in Septem­ber 2014, lead­ers of SIDS reaf­firmed their com­mit­ment to the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment of SIDS by adopt­ing the SIDS Ac­cel­er­ated Modal­i­ties of Ac­tion (SAMOA) Path­way. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SAMOA Path­way also calls for the in­volve­ment and col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts among all stake­hold­ers.

The 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment was shared with Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions to as­sist in guid­ing the dis­cus­sions and com­plet­ing the rank­ing sheets. The con­sul­ta­tion is ex­pected to be both in­for­ma­tive and en­gag­ing.

The Coali­tion of Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tion noted that The Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity Small Grants Pro­gramme (GEF-SGP) has pro­vided fund­ing sup­port for the two-day con­sul­ta­tion.

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