UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework - Priority Areas 1 & 2

Dec 5, 2016

An Inclusive, Equitable and Prosperous Caribbean

The priority area 'An inclusive, iquitable and prosperous caribbean' builds on the core SDG concept of equitable development for all “leaving no one behind” as a prerequisite for prosperous and sustainable societies. This implies promoting social and economic inclusion in an equitable way through access to education, decent work opportunities, the promotion of entrepreneurship, and improved social protection. It demands economic development from a human centered perspective that can respond to the specific factors that have affected the ability of the Caribbean to remain competitive, taking into consideration issues such as brain drain and limited fiscal space to support technological innovation.

Final outcomes for the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework:

  1. Access to quality education and life-long learning increased, for enhanced employability and decent and sustainable economic development.
  2. Access to equitable social protection systems, quality services improved.

A Healthy Caribbean

The priority area A Healthy Caribbean responds to the concern that health and nutrition are increasingly affecting the lives of the people in the Caribbean. It acknowledges that to improve health, a multisectoral approach building on a ‘health for all’ policies approach is needed. It means addressing environmental factors such as access to safe water and food safety. This implies strengthening the ability of the state to provide universal access to quality services and healthy nutrition as well as to the knowledge needed for prevention of disease, including Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). It demands action on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV/AIDS and related stigma and discrimination and to promote sustainable agricultural production for improved health outcomes. Finally, it acknowledges that a human rights approach is necessary for equity.

Final outcomes for the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework:

  1. Universal Access to quality health care services and systems improved.
  2. Laws, policies and systems introduced to support healthy lifestyles among all segments of the population.

A follow-on article covering priority areas three and four can be found here.

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