28 August 2013 - 80 participants from 14 of the CARICOM member states attanded the Small Islands Development States and Post 2015 (MDG) Agenda Forum in Barbados.Included were 6 Ministers of Social Care (Jamaica, Dominica, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada),
The purpose of the Forum was to ensure gender equality advocates in government and CSOs were informed of the purpose and potential impact of the Post 2015/SIDS agenda on their work; and to generate a Joint Statement which will serve as a common advocacy tool among decision-makers so as to ensure the global discussions on SIDS and Post 2015 (and Beijing +20) reflect the Caribbean’s specific concerns and vision. Participants committed to a series of advocacy steps in the coming two years, all linked to the various UN G.A.s ( General Assemblies), the work of the Open Working Groups, and the upcoming CSW in 2014 (Post 2015 focus) and CSW 2015 (Beijing +20 focus).
One of the outcomes of the Forum is a joint statement that calls for the " global Post 2015 and SIDS frameworks take into consideration the social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities of SIDS, and the resulting challenges for sustainable, human rights-based and gender responsive development".
Download the full statement and list of participating countries and representatives below.