6 Develop a global partnership for development

Where we are

UNDP Barbados and the OECS team up with the Italian Broadcasting Agency, Rai3 and the University of the West Indies Film Production Team to teach the youth film production.

Caribbean countries remain committed to a global partnership that is established on the principles of equity and justice and that gives full consideration of their interests, in particular regarding trading arrangements.  However, achieving this Goal will be difficult in light of the current global financial situation.

The available data for the Caribbean indicate that the there has been substantial progress in the availability of modern technological devices. Generally, Caribbean countries have fared well in meeting this target. All of these indicators have increased substantially from 1990 and have maintained this increase. Relative to 1990, in 2000, there were significant increases in telephone lines, cellular telephone usage and Internet users. From 2000 onwards, country performance has been mixed, some countries showing higher rates than others. The improvement in these indicators is indicative of a more liberalized telecommunications market, with most countries having more than one telecommunications provider. The absence of a monopolistic market has led to greater competition and more affordable prices for consumers, which explains the improvement in this indicator over the last 15 years. Incremental progress has been made with respect to Internet use in the subregion, which means that with additional investment and effort, this indicator will be achieved by 2015.

Source: Caribbean Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

UNDP's work in Barbados and the OECS

Targets for MDG8
  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
    • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products
  2. Address the special needs of least developed countries
    • Net Official development assistance (ODA), total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors' gross national income
    • Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  3. Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
    • Official development assistance (ODA) received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their gross national income
    • ODA received in small island developing States as a proportion of their gross national incomes
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  4. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries
    • Total number of countries that have reached their HIPC decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
    • Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI Initiatives
    • Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
    • Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
    • Telephone lines per 100 population
    • Cellular subscribers per 100 population
    • Internet users per 100 population