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Caribbean Governments Focus on Repositioning Countries Towards Achieving Sustainable Development

17 May 2019- Ministers and senior government officials from across the Caribbean have called for repositioning vulnerable, indebted Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the path to sustainable development. This, during the 19th meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

“our focus continues to be on building the necessary skills and institutional capacity, so that those of you who have responsibility for implementing sustainable development at home are better positioned to meeting the challenges of integrated sectoral planning and policy coherence which are essential factors to the successful implementation of Agenda 2030”.

Raúl García-Buchaca
Deputy Executive Secretary for Management and Programme Analysis of the ECLAC

Welcoming the Member Countries and Associate Members of ECLAC, the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, Dennis Moses, noted that “Trinidad and Tobago had been the beneficiary of a range of technical cooperation activities over the current biennium. Indeed, we have found a reliable and trusted partner in the UN ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean. We have also come to rely on ECLAC as a subregional think-tank, which facilitates increased contact and cooperation among us, the membership”.

The current Chair of the CDCC, Minister with Responsibility for External Affairs of Saint Lucia, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, echoed these words, and further underscored that “important take-aways from the sessions this week include the importance of institutional, operational and policy coherence for more effective integrated sustainable development planning; the value of a strong network of national focal points in this regard; the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all solution; we find the best fit for our own national circumstances, and we will have to find innovative ways to strengthen our capacity for data capture and analysis to meet the monitoring and reporting obligations of the 2030 Agenda”.

To reposition vulnerable, indebted Caribbean SIDS on the path to sustainable development, senior government representatives, economists, statisticians, non-governmental organization officials and civil society leaders discussed the importance of building stronger synergies between the agendas of SIDS and SDG implementation.

Highlighting the efforts undertaken by ECLAC’s subregional headquarters for the Caribbean in this regard over the past twelve months, Director of ECLAC Caribbean, Diane Quarless, underscored that “the Port of Spain team remains enthusiastic and committed to providing targeted and substantive support to meet the specific needs of our constituents in the Caribbean. We have completed another year of initiatives in research, policy analysis, provision of technical assistance and building institutional capacity to advance the sustainable development process in the sub-region”.

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Press statement by UNSDG for Latin America and the Caribbean on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

PANAMA CITY, 17 May 2019—In recent years, Latin America and the Caribbean have made significant progress in protecting and recognizing the rights of people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sexual characteristics. This progress is worthy of celebration and brings us closer to the path laid out by the ambitious Sustainable Development Agenda, which is anchored by the principle of leaving no one behind.

Some of the region’s most important achievements in the promotion of rights include the recognition of civil unions between people of the same sex1 , equal marriage2 and the recognition of gender identity for trans people3 . In terms of protection, some countries in the region have made progress in adopting anti-discrimination laws, due to the evidence regarding the prevalence of discrimination, violence and hate crimes experienced by people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

On the other hand, the Resolution to address the causes of disparities in access and use of health services by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, approved in September 2013 by the Ministers of Health of the Americas, recognizes that stigma and discrimination have real and adverse effects on the health of LGBTI people4 .

While these advances are important, we must recognize that progress has not been the same in all countries and there are still important challenges around ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. In the region, nine countries still criminalize same-sex relationships, with penalties that include life imprisonment.

Prejudice, discrimination and violence against LGBTI people have a broad impact on human rights and public health, including the ability of LGBTI people to access justice, protection, healthcare, education, work and other rights inherent to citizens.

Laws that criminalize consensual relationships between adults of the same sex, that impose discriminatory restrictions on public discussion of the rights of LGBTI persons or the work of LGBTI organizations and human rights defenders, violate international human rights standards. There is no progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals while there are citizens whose rights and opportunities are restricted.

Public prejudice against LGBTI people can never justify such laws, nor restrictive measures. Rather, it requires states to take specific measures to protect LGBTI persons from violence and discrimination, to foster a context of respect and to overcome such prejudices through public education.

Recently, the Inter-American Human Rights System reiterated, through the Advisory Opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, that sexual orientation and gender identity are categories protected by the American Convention on Human Rights. Therefore, any rule, act or discriminatory practice based on these characteristics of people is prohibited.

The defense of human rights, without discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, is one of the pillars of the United Nations. Under this mandate, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group for Latin America and the Caribbean calls on States to comply with their human rights obligations, without any type of discrimination.

1 Chile and Ecuador 

2 Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and some states in Mexico

3 Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia

4Resolution CD52/18: Addressing the causes of disparities in health service access and utilization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans persons.

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UN General Assembly President - Meagan Good and Amanda Cerny to jointly host Concert on Plastic Pollution

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa

 

Making the United Nations relevant to all people

Global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies

 

Meagan Good and Amanda Cerny to jointly host Concert on Plastic Pollution

New York, 16 May – The President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, along with the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, and Norway, today welcomed two new participants to the ‘Play it Out’ concert, to be held in Antigua on 1 June 2019.

“Having dedicated my presidency to women and girls everywhere, it gives me immense pleasure that Meagan and Amanda, two very successful women, will co-host this important event,” noted President Espinosa.

Celebrated actress Meagan Good has appeared in dozens of film and television productions, most recently the hit films ‘Shazam’ and ‘The Intruder’. Amanda Cerny, meanwhile, is representative of ‘new media’ and has emerged in recent years as a leading global influencer, with over 35 million followers on social media.

"I am honoured to serve as host for this vitally important event and initiative.  Ridding our waters of plastic pollution and educating the world on the effects of nearly 13 million tons of plastics being dumped into our waters yearly is crucial," states Good. "Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning.  Plastic affects human health. Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments," elaborates Good.

Cerny added: “Single-use plastics are devastating our oceans and our planet. As individuals we can choose to either contribute to the problem or take action to protect our natural world. I’m excited to be co-hosting Play it Out and to use my platform as a UN Environment Ambassador to raise awareness surrounding the impact of our consumption and help win the battle against plastic pollution.”

A free concert, ‘Play it Out’ will include an audience of up to 20,000 at the Sir Vivian Richards National Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda. Livestreaming will be available and broadcast across social media.

NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS:

The ‘Play it Out’ concert is part of the Campaign Against Plastic Pollution, launched by the President of the UN General Assembly in December of 2018, and is aimed at tackling plastic waste both on the global level as well as within the UN itself. The concert will be hosted by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and supported by the Government of Norway. Other campaign supporters include the Government of Monaco, the Government of Qatar, UN Environment, UNOPS, TKG | The Krim Group, and Lonely Whale.

 

Hashtags: #PlayitOut #BeatPlasticPollution

Website: https://www.un.org/pga/73/playitout

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For inquiries on the concert, please contact:

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UN showcases SDGs, talks environment issues at Tobago inaugural partnership event

The United Nations System in Trinidad and Tobago (UNTT) hosted an SDG exhibit at the Inaugural Tobago Environmental Partnership Conference at the Mount Irvine Bay Resort on 13 and 14 May. Some of the notable speakers at the opening ceremony included, Her Excellency Paula Mae Weekes, The President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Kelvin Charles, Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary. Participants were urged to “fullticipate” in this new platform, which will enable stakeholders in Tobago to work together on critical environmental issues facing the island.

 The Tobago Environmental Partnership is a collaboration between the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and environmental civil society in Tobago, represented by the Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville and Environment Tobago. The organisers planned the event with the hopes of generating discussions and formulating ideas about a sustainable future for the island, its ecology and inhabitants. A number of stakeholders were invited to showcase their work with the Tobago environment, including United Nations. Willard Philips of UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ( ECLAC) presented on the benefits and future of green and blue economies. 

Some of the other areas of dicussion inlcuded costal management, partnerships bewteen civil society organisations and government, sustainable tourism and climate change. These issues are also part of the Sustainable Development Goals strategy or Agenda 2030, so it was a natural expectation to see United Nations offices exhibiting their work and campaigns that will helop small developing island states like Trinidad and Tobago.

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The Future of the Caribbean is Single-use Plastic-Free

Statement on the Ban of Single-Use Plastics, Jamaica

Vincent Sweeney, Head of the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, UN Environment

The future of the Caribbean is to be free of single-use plastics and plastic pollution. A Caribbean that is sustainable, resilient and growing economically must take care of the people and the industries upon which it depends. One of the ways we can effectively do this is to reduce our dependency on single-use plastics.

UN Environment’s Waste Management Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean, released in October 2018 finds that of the 145 tonnes of garbage produced each day, plastic waste contributes to 17 tonnes. This number is steadily increasing every day. Another recent report published by UN Environment, entitled “Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics: A Global Review of National Laws and Regulations” finds that at least one hundred and twenty-seven (127) out of 192 countries reviewed (about 66%) have adopted some form of legislation to regulate plastic bags. Plastic bags regulations globally include restrictions on the manufacture, distribution, use, and trade of plastic bags, as well as taxation and levies.

Waste management, and in particular, the disposal of plastics has been a great concern for Caribbean ministers; this was reinforced in our discussions with them as recently as last October at the Second High-Level Forum for Caribbean Ministers with Responsibility for Waste.

At that time, the Caribbean Ministers endorsed a Caribbean Waste Management Action plan which includes among others – the priority of reducing plastic waste.

It is for that reason, that the UN Environment Caribbean Sub-Regional Office applauds Jamaica for its bold move to ban single-use plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam.

Jamaica joins approximately seven Caribbean countries who have implemented measures to reduce plastic pollution. This is a forward step in ensuring a future in which we have achieved the Sustainable Development Goals related to Climate Action and preserving land on life and in the water.

Beyond achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, we must also seek to preserve the complex link between the environment, and the social and economic development of the country. This will improve the present economic growth status and ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from the rich resources of the island.

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UN Interview- Creativity works as ‘catalyst’ to overcome slavery: artist Christopher Cozier

Since before the era of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery, and honour those who made freedom possible.   

As an artist who grew up in “a culture that was shaped by that particular history, making it part of his work’s DNA”, Christopher Cozier, from Trinidad and Tobago, has often drawn attention to the power of the arts, to deliver justice.  

Highlighting the importance of creativity as a force for change in societies where people were viewed first and foremost as property, Mr. Cozier highlights the “self-worth process” that led slaves to become full citizens. 

He was at UN Headquarters in New York earlier in the year, to remember the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and spoke to UN News’s Ana Carmo.  

Audio Credit:

Ana Carmo, UN News

Audio Duration: 11 minutes 42 seconds

 

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24 April 2019 - Deputy S-G's remarks at opening of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development

24 April - Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at opening ceremony of Third Edition of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development

[as prepared for delivery and delivered by Mr. Jens Wandel, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Reforms]

Excellencies,
Dear Colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to all countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for your strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
 
I also thank the Government of Cuba for chairing this Forum, and the government of Chile for hosting not only ECLAC, but many other entities of the United Nations in the region.
 
Finally, I want to recognize the work of ECLAC and the leadership of my colleague and friend Alicia Bárcena. 
 
I wish I could have been with you today at this defining moment on our road toward 2030.
 
In many ways, this region helped give birth to the conceptual vision behind the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Latin America and the Caribbean has demonstrated by theory and practice that alternative economic models are possible.
 
You have consistently advocated for poverty metrics that go beyond economic growth and GDP, to also reflect social and environmental dimensions.
 
Our journey is now well advanced.
 
But, despite progress, early data show the world is not on track.
 
And as Secretary-General Guterres has put it, we are also losing the race against climate change.
 
The discussions in this Regional Forum will provide important insights while also underscoring challenges and bottlenecks.
 
The fact is that the 2030 Agenda is extremely ambitious. Its pledge to leave no one behind demands much more from all of us – government officials, policy makers, parliamentarians, businesses, and civil society organizations.
In this region, persistent inequalities make the task even more daunting.
 
Inequalities limit economic growth, marginalize individuals and erode public trust in institutions.
 
We must step up our game.
 
For its part, the United Nations is taking bold steps to transform and be a better partner to governments and peoples as you deliver on the SDGs.
 
In January, we created a new, stronger system to coordinate the incredible array of expertise and resources that can be found across 40 different development entities of the United Nations.
 
Working as one Organization – diverse, yet cohesive - we can provide sharper and more integrated policy advice to governments; take action to a greater scale; and better help countries leverage finance and partnerships.
 
And in the regions – in hubs like Santiago - we can help better connect global action to results in-country, especially as you face challenges that know no borders, such as climate change, trade and water management.
 
With our reforms now well advanced, we have never been closer to delivering to Member States the development system they have aspired to for years: a system that is fit for purpose to help you achieve the SDGs.
 
Excellencies,
 
In Latin America and the Caribbean, you have compellingly raised the specific challenges of realizing sustainable development in a region of Middle-Income Countries and Small Island Developing States.
 
Your efforts are helping to put three fundamental questions on the global agenda: 
 
First, how can we uphold our commitment to leave no one behind when absolute income poverty rates are declining, but multi-dimensional poverty and inequality remains high? 
 
Second, how can this region ensure that women and indigenous populations can participate fully in the economic, social and political lives of their countries?
 
And third, how can we move the needle on financing for development?
 
Funding is not anywhere near the scale required to deliver on the SDGs.
 
Here in Latin America and the Caribbean, private flows —including Foreign Direct Investment and remittances— constitute the bulk of external finance.
 
But to achieve the SDGs, private and public resources must be combined and synergized to maximize the impact of development financing.
 
To best mobilize external funding, we also need heightened global cooperation to eliminate illicit flows and tax evasion.
 
At the Conference on South-South Cooperation last month in Buenos Aires, we were also reminded of the unique contributions South-South and triangular cooperation can bring to the table – especially when it comes to the exchange of know-how, technology and expertise.
 
The United Nations will continue to be your strong ally.
 
We encourage you to work closely with our Resident Coordinators and Country Teams, to ensure you receive tailored and effective support for your national strategies and plans. 
 
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
We have a great task ahead of us, with the ambitious 2030 Agenda as our shared roadmap.
 
The global community is counting on your region’s continued innovation and creativity.
 
The road to 2030 will be difficult; but it is our best chance for a future of prosperity, dignity and peace for all.
 
Thank you.
 

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Paradise found: Saint Lucia preserving beauty through data and policy action

If ever an island justified the label “paradise” that tourist brochures liberally apply to destinations, it is Saint Lucia.

Shaped like a teardrop, this tiny Caribbean nation has everything. Crescent moon beaches of white sand. Jagged volcanic mountains jutting up from the azure waters. Eclectic biodiversity that manifests in a riot of colour, no more so than in the Saint Lucia Amazon, a spectacular parrot found only on the island.

Unfortunately, as is the case in so many places, human activity is endangering this beauty and the benefits it brings to humanity. The threats are many, including extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change, forest habitat loss from land-use change and over-exploitation of marine resources.

We can deal with these challenges, as the return of the Saint Lucia Amazon, or Amazona versicolor, shows. In the 1970s, only around 100 of these birds remained. Thanks to a conservation programme, the species is now on an upward trend. While still classed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, the last census of the bird, carried out between 2007 and 2009, found a stable and viable population of 2,258 individuals.

The Government of Saint Lucia, with the support of UN Environment, is determined to repeat this success for all the island’s natural resources while ensuring a better future for its estimated 180,000 residents.

“While we pursue on-the-ground initiatives that guarantee our survival, it is equally important to pursue the soft initiatives that will allow us to make sound decisions on the strategic interventions needed,”

Annette Rattigan-Leo
Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer

In August 2018, the island took a big step forward. Working with UN Environment on a Global Environment Facility-funded project, the Saint Lucian government launched its first national environmental information system. Information on the three big treaties is available to ministries, the private sector, academia, multilateral environmental treaty focal points and the public. For each convention, indicators related to broader policy goals and objectives are being integrated to support reporting and translate data into useful and actionable information.

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Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago and Paraguay join Clean Seas campaign during UN Environment Assembly

On 15 March 2019, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Paraguay today joined UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign, bringing the number of countries now involved in the world’s largest alliance for combatting marine plastic pollution to 60.

The three nations signed up during the Fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi where more than 4,700 delegates from 170 countries have been meeting to hammer out new guidelines to enable humanity to prosper without degrading the planet’s already depleted resources.

Launched in 2017, the Clean Seas campaign works with governments, businesses and citizens to eliminate the needless use of disposable plastics and protect our oceans and rivers from a toxic tide of pollution that is endangering livelihoods and killing wildlife. The alliance now covers more than 60 per cent of the world’s coastlines.

Antigua and Barbuda banned single-use plastic bags in 2016, becoming the first country in the region to do so. The island nation is now working to eliminate polystyrene products, which it hopes to achieve over the coming year. It is also looking to expand its recycling capacity and extend a scheme for collecting and recycling plastic bottles.

"Since introducing the region's first ban on single-use plastic bags in 2016, Antigua and Barbuda has been a pioneer in the fight against marine plastic pollution. We are delighted to join the Clean Seas campaign and share our drive and experience with other nations so that together we can take decisive action to turn this toxic tide that threatens livelihoods, wildlife and the survival of our oceans," said Molwyn Joseph, Minister for Health, Wellness and the Environment in Antigua and Barbuda.

"We are witnessing a deadly creep of environmental degradation. We should not bequeath this to the generations of the future. Leaders must now take action. We hope that by joining the Clean Seas campaign, we can galvanize global support for this urgent cause," he added.

Landlocked Paraguay has committed to clean its polluted rivers, starting in the capital Asunción. As a first step, in February more than 1,000 volunteers cleared 43 tonnes of waste from the Mburicaó River. The Ministry of Environment hopes to restore the river to its former glory while also raising awareness among local people of the need to dispose of their waste responsibly.

“Pollution of our planet’s rivers and waterways is a global issue and all countries need to play their part, including landlocked nations,” said Paraguay’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Ariel Oviedo.

“Paraguay, along with three other South American countries, is home to the Guaraní Aquifer, one of the world’s largest freshwater reserves, and we are excited to join the global movement to fight marine plastic pollution. We hope to inspire our citizens and others to fully commit to positive action to ensure the survival of our rivers and oceans,” he added.

Among Trinidad and Tobago’s top priorities is reinforcing its waste management system while also educating the population about the need to separate household waste.

“We are delighted to join this powerful global movement to tackle marine plastic pollution. As a twin-island nation with limited space, we are keen to develop sustainable waste management solutions and expand our recycling capacity. We have seen the devastating effect of plastic pollution on our beaches and we want to be part of the global solution,” said Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis.

Every year, around 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans, poisoning fish, birds and other sea creatures. That’s the equivalent of one garbage truck of litter being dumped into the sea every minute. Plastic waste, in the form of microplastics, has also entered the human food chain, and the consequences are not yet fully understood.

Awareness of the need to act decisively against plastic pollution has been growing in Latin America and the Caribbean -- a region that is particularly vulnerable to marine litter and other environmental threats caused by our changing climate, such as increasingly powerful storms.

About CleanSeas  

Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, UN Environment’s #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging and redesign products; and calling on consumers to change their throwaway habits before irreversible damage is done to our seas.

 

 

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UN agencies launch emergency plan for millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants

A new plan to cover the urgent needs of millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, coordinated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), was launchedin Geneva on Friday

The plan, the first of its kind in the Americas, is a strategy to deal with an estimate three million people, the largest exodus from a single country in the region, in recent years. The vast majority of them have sought refuge in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The numbers leaving Venezuela have increased dramatically from 2017, and now, an average of 5,500 are crossing the border every day.

In the foreword to the plan, Eduardo Stein, UN Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, describes the challenges faced by Venezuelans he has met during his visits to the region, saying that they spoke of “hunger, lack of access to medical care, insecurity, threats, fear. They are families, women alone, children, young boys and girls, all in conditions of extreme vulnerability. All of them saw no other option than to leave their country – sometimes walking for days – seeking to live in dignity and to build a future.”

The launch of the plan was also an appeal for funding, focusing on four key areas: direct emergency assistance, protection, socio-economic and cultural integration; and strengthening capacities in the receiving countries. $738 million is needed in 2019, targeting 2.7 million people spread across 16 countries.

The UN agencies praised the generosity shown towards the refugees and migrants by regional host countries, described by Filippo GrandiUN High Commissioner for Refugees, as “humbling,” adding that the appeal underscores the urgency of this complex and fast-evolving situation and the need to support the host communities.” The infrastructure of these countries, and their ability to deal with the influx of refugees and migrants, are being stretched beyond capacity:

[This story was originally posted on UN News

 

Extracts from the Plan - related to the Caribbean

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Summary of  Objectives for 2019

DIRECT EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

OBJECTIVE 1

Produce and disseminate information regarding the profile and vulnerability of refugees and migrants from Venezuela as well as affected host community, to relevant stakeholders to improve the response.

OBJECTIVE 2

Ensure refugees and migrants from Venezuela and vulnerable host communities have access to immediate basic needs, services, and assistance including NFI, shelter, food, WASH, health (including sexual and reproductive health as well as GBV related health interventions), and education.

PROTECTION

OBJECTIVE 1

Promote access to territory, alternative legal pathways, and legal aid and justice for refugees and migrants from Venezuela. 

OBJECTIVE 2

Strengthen community-based protection, grassroots refugee and migrant organizations, and two-way information gathering and sharing.

OBJECTIVE 3

Improve access to specialized services for refugees and migrants from Venezuela with specific needs such as GBV survivors, victims of human trafficking, UASC and others.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL INTEGRATION

OBJECTIVE 1

Support income generating interventions to improve the living conditions of refugees and migrants from Venezuela and vulnerable host communities.

OBJECTIVE 2

Create a welcoming environment for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, and support continued access to existing public services, including education and health.

CAPACITY STRENGTHENING

OBJECTIVE 1

Strengthen host governments’ essential services capacity and delivery, including in education, health, and social protection.

OBJECTIVE 2

Support policy, procedures, and systems development affecting refugees and migrants from Venezuela, including victims of human trafficking, as well as host communities, in compliance with humanitarian principles.

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