Building on the SDG 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”, the United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean maintain strengthened partnerships with Governments, as well as inter-governmental bodies in fulfilling national priorities and international committments, such as the Global Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway.
The UNCTs also acknowledge the major role played by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector across the Caribbean. As crucial partners for UN efforts at the country level and at the grass-roots, Caribbean CSOs and private sector stakeholders are consistently consulted and invited to participate in conferences and workshops in relation to UN policy and programmes matters. In achieving their mandates, UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies partner with and support CSOs' initiatives on a regular basis.
In the fields of research and education, the UNCTs promote joint initiatives and frequently partner with various academic institutions of the Caribbean region including:
- The University of the West Indies (Mona, Cave Hill and St Augustine campuses)
- The Anton De Kom University of Suriname
- The University of Belize
- The University of Guyana
The Caribbean Early Warning System workshop was held from 14 to 16 April in Barbados under the leadership of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). It was jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in close collaboration with CDEMA. Credit: UNDP Barbados and the OECS