As Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Eastern Caribbean countries have been adversely impacted by a series of compounding crises that have undermined their socio-economic well-being. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia/ Ukraine war, and the effects of climate change, have intensified existing challenges, including disruptions in global food markets, and energy costs, and tensions on supply chain and trade logistics, that together serve to undermine the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
With massive price increases and excessive volatility within global markets, for key staple grains, low and middle-income countries are now facing burgeoning import bills. Addressing complex developmental issues, in response to the cascading effects of the prevailing global food, energy, and financing crises, calls for urgent coordinated support by multiple partners.
Under the guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Didier Trebucq, three United Nations agencies in the Eastern Caribbean, the Food and Agriculture Organizaton (FAO) , the World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), have embarked on a joint programme entitled “Food Security and Livelihoods Resilience Through Analytical, Capacity Building and Policy Support in Response to the Global Crisis on Food, Energy and Finance”.
This Joint SDG Fund supported initiative, aims to help Caribbean SIDS to map the impacts of the triple crisis, and identify risk management measures to guide short-term response, and inform medium-term food security and livelihoods resilience interventions. Support is being provided under the Fund’s Development Emergency Modality, activated by the United Nations in 2022.
“The UN Barbados Multi-country Office is excited to leverage the Development Emergency Modality of the Joint SDG Fund, to help member states devise strategic measures to address this multiple crisis in food, energy, and finance, and, particularly, to help transform our vital food systems. We cannot afford any further derailment, with the SDGs under seven years from target,” Mr. Trebucq contended.
Joint programmes, implemented under the Development Emergency Modality, facilitates a coordinated UN response for 6 months, with a maximum budget of US $400,000 per multi-country office. The Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean programme, designed to address the three-dimensional crisis, will be implemented from July to December 2022.
For further Information please contact:
Carol A. Gaskin
Programme Communications and Advocacy Officer
UN Resident Coordinator Office