Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a sovereign state in the Lesser Antilles consisting of many islands and cays – of which nine are inhabited, including the mainland Saint Vincent and the Grenadine islands: Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Petit Saint Vincent and Palm Island. The country with a population of 110,940 people, gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1969 with Queen Elizabeth II remaining as Head of State and the Governor-General acting as her representative on the island. The Prime Minister is the Head of Government.
Main Initiatives UNDP’s current portfolio in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines includes several projects that aim to build resilience, strengthen national capacities for disaster mitigation and preparedness, enhance citizen security and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while ensuring gender equality and community empowerment are recognised and supported.
To strengthen national systems for preparedness and national recovery frameworks, while improving community resilience and empowering women to take a more proactive role in emergencies, UNDP with the support of partners and the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is implementing two projects – Strengthen Integrated and Cohesive Preparedness Capacity at a Regional, National and Community Level in the Caribbean and Improving Recovery Planning and Capacities for Resilience in the Caribbean. UNDP also provides climate action support, disaster risk reduction and environmental management interventions through the Enabling Gender-Response Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER) project. This project seeks to empower the government to take ownership of its disaster risks; exposure and recovery needs; improve shock responsiveness in national systems and provide better social protection for the most vulnerable.
Under the Conserving Biodiversity and Reducing Land Degradation Using a Ridge-to-Reef Approach project, UNDP works in partnership with the government to enhance biodiversity and ecosystems conservation through an expanded and strengthened Protected Area (PA) system and with Sustainable Land Management (SLM). At the community level, the UNDP Global Environment Facility - Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) sets out to achieve environmental sustainability, alleviate poverty and build the capacity of local NGOs and community-based organisations through projects and programmes.
Through the CariSECURE project, UNDP, with the support of USAID, is strengthening the integrity and accessibility of citizen security data in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This project which is one of three components of a broader USAID Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project seeks to reduce the incidence of youth crime by promoting the development of policies which address violence and facilitate effective prevention strategies.
The UNDP Regional Hub provides support to the SVG Electoral Office— the first electoral support requested and provided by the UN to the country. The UNDP Regional Hub offers support in the design of a Voter Education (VE) Programme. UNDP strengthened the Electoral Office (EO) capacity by financially supporting the Office for equipment that will assist the EO polling offices in the constituencies. UNDP’s support also includes boundary delimitation, encouragement of voter registration, the extension of voter education in remote locations, and administrative management of electoral operations before the elections.
In support of SDG mainstreaming and to advance the commencement of a MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support for the 2030 Agenda) process, UNDP supported the undertaking of a Rapid Integrated Assessment per the request of the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the end of 2019. A follow up with the government, in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator Office, will take place in 2020.
Finally, UNDP is supporting the COVID-19 emergency response in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, partnering with the Government in the production of an Economic and Human Development Impact Assessment, with the collaboration of UNICEF and UN Women. The support package of UNDP will include assistance to SMEs who wish to reinvent themselves through online, digital and HomeSafe delivery business lines.
For more information on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, please view the Human Development Report Note for this country.
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has the oldest Botanic Gardens in the Western Hemisphere founded in 1765!
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