One of the thematic issues that was addressed by United Nations Speical Advisor Amina Mohamed at the Forum for the future of the Caribbean in Port of Spain is ensuring social inclusion for economic and human development. In her keynote address she stated "we must invest in our human capital to ensure stronger economies and peaceful, inclusive societies". While women are more vulnerable in society, their role in leadership and impelmenting sustainable livelihoods , together with youth are pivotal for successful development in the future.
Amina also addressed addressing communications technologies, partnerships, mobilising finance and 'making institiutions fit for purpose' as part of the role that Caribbean sates sould have to assume in integrating the SDGs as as part of their development strategies.
During a townhall session at the UNIC office, questions came out from five countries that participated online. Some of them were on whether inclusion also ment members of the LGBTI communities; reporting procedures and accuracy for the SDGs, the self determination of women and inclusion of boys in the gender issue. Amina reiterated that the SDGs propose that no one should be left behind and that lessons learned from MDGs as well as collaborations and knowledge sharing among Caribbean member states could all make for greater accuracy.
She also suggested a need to for ministers of finance in the region to play a greater role in the SDG agenda and also for society to challenge politicians to build that will to include the 17 goals as part of national development goals in part of a broader vison for countries.
To learn more about what Amina said , download her key speech address from the link below. ( pdf document ) or read it online - here
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