24-25 June 2015, Port of Spain
Excerpt from conclusions and recommendations:
1. The Caribbean subregion is at risk of falling behind in the global quest for development as human development gains are being eroded. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) therefore provide a unique opportunity to address social, economic, and environmental gaps in the subregion. Proper planning, however, is critical.
2. Caribbean countries need to take ownership of the SDGs. This should be done by establishing regional priorities for the Caribbean among the SDGs while ensuring that the goals are tailored to specific country development strategies.
3. The SDG process will only be successful if Member States promote a participatory approach that includes stakeholders comprising civil society, the private sector, and the local citizen. Institutions and governance structures also need to be strengthened given the subregion’s limited institutional capacity and its inability to include multiple stakeholders in the sustainable development process.
UN Symbol: LC/CAR/L.478