‘Staggering proposition’ reaching SDGs for small island States: A UN Resident Coordinator weblog

That’s based on Joanna Kazana, the UN Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten.

On 18 September, international locations from around the globe will come collectively on the SDG Summit in New York to take inventory of what progress has been made forward of the 2030 deadline for the objectives to realized.

“For a rustic or financial system of any measurement, reaching the SDG agenda is formidable. For small island growing States, the duty could be a staggering proposition.

A complete of 17 SDGs and 169 targets have to be met by 2030.

Joanna Kazana, the UN Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten addresses the SDG Roundtable Discussion.

UN Trinidad and Tobago/Faine Richards

Joanna Kazana, the UN Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten addresses the SDG Roundtable Dialogue.

For Trinidad and Tobago, there’s an added layer of complexity; its excessive per capita earnings makes the nation ineligible for Official Improvement Help (ODA) finance, regardless of the various structural vulnerabilities it faces, exacerbated by local weather change, international shocks, and the unlawful commerce of weapons and medicines.

In terms of SDG financing and the potential for brand new investments, Trinidad and Tobago has to rely largely by itself budgetary assets. The UN, bilateral donors, and worldwide monetary establishments present grants for vital work, however these initiatives are restricted in scale and period.

Which means the monumental strides required to realize sustainable growth demand higher home useful resource mobilization, revolutionary pondering, and unconventional partnerships.

The SDGs are each the shared imaginative and prescient and the sensible reference framework to information this journey.

With simply six years left, reaching the SDGs could appear daunting. 

However it isn’t unattainable, and Trinidad and Tobago is proof of the inexorable spirit required to cross the end line.

Halftime huddle

Earlier this month an SDG Roundtable session was convened by the Ministry of Planning and Improvement within the capital, Port of Spain, to pinpoint which SDGs want accelerated momentum to be on observe by 2030.

The satisfaction, patriotism and perseverance which are hallmarks of the 1.3 million individuals who name these islands residence, flowed seamlessly into the discussions.

Greater than 100 voices from the private and non-private sectors, civil society, worldwide monetary establishments, community-based organizations, and the worldwide growth neighborhood sat round a desk that crammed the venue.

Knowledge present that Trinidad and Tobago has made vital progress on a few of the SDGs, whereas others require overview and acceleration. A variety of SDG targets have slowed or stagnated.

Whereas vital work is going on in these areas, a jumpstart is required to rejuvenate momentum.

School children in Tobago learn about the cultivation of bananas.

College youngsters in Tobago study in regards to the cultivation of bananas.

Existential questions

Contributors within the room started tackling what really feel like existential questions in regards to the nation’s future.

What does “getting it proper” by 2030 appear to be?

What strategic commitments ought to we make to speed up SDG progress?

What are the highest three or 5 SDGs the place progress may act as a stimulus, like a rising tide lifting all 17 Objectives?

What’s the story that Trinbagonians wish to inform their youngsters, and the world, in regards to the heroic efforts and selections being made now to construct a greater future for Trinidad and Tobago?

The refrain of solutions from the viewers was unanimous on just a few key themes.

Higher knowledge and nationwide statistics: All stakeholders agree the nation wants extra strong instruments to make data-driven selections.

As Minister of Planning and Improvement, Pennelope Beckles, succinctly acknowledged it in her remarks, ‘what doesn’t get measured, doesn’t get finished.’

With out extra well timed knowledge being produced and collated, it’s troublesome to trace the SDGs. Which means it’s additionally difficult to know the place to focus on stimulus funding.

The human assets, skillset, and strategic route required to gather, streamline, and analyse knowledge could also be uneven throughout the general public sector.

Digitization of presidency providers would convey quick advantages on this space. The non-public sector additionally has a task it could play in sharing related knowledge to enhance the nation’s knowledge ecosystem and monitoring capability.

Poverty discount

The difficulty of poverty was raised repeatedly through the three-hour dialogue. A personal sector chief linked poverty to poor training outcomes and elevated danger of delinquency. A well being skilled highlighted the interaction between poverty and inequality.

A public officer spoke about the necessity to measure poverty by means of a multidimensional lens. Deprivation, well being outcomes, and housing are all elements to measure alongside family earnings. 

High quality training

When individuals mentioned training, the synthesis between the 17 Objectives grew to become extra obvious.

One participant identified the restricted capability of the training system to accommodate individuals with disabilities. One other cited challenges dealing with college graduates, who battle to seek out jobs that match their space of examine. She mentioned the resultant mind drain diminishes the native expertise pool.

A personal sector consultant advocated for the training system to provide job creators as a substitute of job seekers. 

One more contributor known as for a restructured curriculum to organize college students for the labour market disruptions which have already begun as synthetic intelligence (AI) takes root.

Why do ladies carry out higher in school? How does childhood wellbeing and youth fluctuate between girls and boys?

With training outcomes linked to Respectable Work and Financial Development (SDG 8), Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Lowered Inequalities (SDG 10), there was settlement amongst individuals that focusing on this space can yield ripple results throughout the SDG agenda.

Peace and safety

From the enterprise chief to the civil society advocate, the problem of violence recurred all through the dialogue as an crucial focus.

Whether or not they had been speaking in regards to the younger males who slide into delinquency or the prices of insecurity on an organization’s backside line, each sector within the room recognized a special affect of crime on society.

Trinidadian women and Venezuelan migrant women participate in a self-defence safety course supported by IOM.

Billions of {dollars} are already spent yearly on crime response and prevention by the Ministry of Nationwide Safety and different state-run social safety programmes.

Progress in reaching different SDGs linked to inequality, entry to training, and poverty may produce vital advantages in lowering violence. That may save the nation cash it may make investments into growing its human capital.

I consider that human safety is a public good. Like water in your faucets, electrical energy, communication, and transport infrastructure, safety might be delivered and nurtured by everybody to make this nation a paradise for folks and for enterprise.

Focused technique

Trinidad and Tobago, like all UN Member States, has been requested to declare three clear, focused actions it is going to take to rescue the SDGs.

This declaration will function centre stage, as Trinidad and Tobago now holds the presidency of the UN Common Meeting. 

However, the advantages of the nationwide roundtable will final lengthy after the SDG Summit in New York ends.

It introduced collectively a community of keen growth companions who discovered frequent floor. It provided route for the Authorities’s halftime technique overview on a revitalized plan of motion for the SDGs over the subsequent six years. 

And it bolstered the dedication to reaching equitable progress and prosperity – with a convincing win within the second half.”

UN Resident Coordinator

  • The UN Resident Coordinator, typically known as the RC, is the highest-ranking consultant of the UN growth system on the nation stage. On this occasional sequence, UN Information is inviting RCs to weblog on points vital to the UN and the nation the place they serve.
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