Overview The volcanic island of Saint Lucia is 238 square miles and home to 183,627 people. The country gained independence in 1967 and is known for its Piton Mountains and lush rainforests, covering approximately 77% of the island. Saint Lucia is a founding member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and hosts the Organisation’s headquarters as well as the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Main Initiatives UNDP’s work in Saint Lucia is primarily related to climate change, citizen security and the acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On the first, UNDP implemented a series of mitigation and adaptation actions focused on sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.
In line with work being conducted to improve climate change adaptation, UNDP is also working with local partners to improve disaster recovery planning through strengthening national recovery frameworks. This involves building national capacity to undertake Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs) with a focus on empowering women to take a more proactive role in emergencies, in line with the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy.
At the community level, the Global Environment Facility - Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) supports local projects in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, prevention of land degradation, protection of international waters, and reduction of the impact of chemicals and waste. The GEF-SGP supports initiatives that promote global environmental benefits while improving livelihoods, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
To advance citizen security in the country, UNDP is implementing the CariSECURE project with the support of USAID. CariSECURE aims to strengthen the integrity and accessibility of citizen security data and to improve the decision-making process in Caribbean public institutions by transforming quantitative data into useful qualitative information, enabling public servants to make data-informed decisions and develop policies and programmes to address key crime and violence problems identified in the data.
Finally, as part of its mandate to help countries towards the achievement of the SDGs, UNDP has supported SDG mainstreaming by providing key support to the Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support for the 2030 Agenda (MAPS) process including the undertaking of a Rapid Integrated Assessment and a MAPS Scoping Study. UNDP also provided key leadership to a MAPS mission in 2019, which produced a draft roadmap that is currently being finalised in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator Office. Additionally, UNDP is part of the joint programme, Enhancing Resilience and Acceleration of the SDGs in the Eastern Caribbean: Universal Adaptive Social Protection, which is modelled at the community, national and sub-regional levels. The programme will utilise research, analysis, monitoring and evaluation to support the evidence-based development of an adaptive system towards progressive universal coverage of social protection.
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Saint Lucia has the most Nobel prize winners per capita!
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