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ECLAC to Strengthen Caribbean Coordination in Support of BPOA/MSI Implementation

28 May 2012: At the fourth meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean's Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) for the Sustainable Development of small island developing States (SIDS), it was decided that the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean would review how best to strengthen regional coordination on the sustainable development agenda.

The TAC met on 25 May 2012, in Georgetown, Guyana, to review the Regional Implementation Matrix for the BPOA/MSI, discuss a proposal for a set of indicators for improved monitoring of implementation, debate ways to strengthen regional coordination of BPOA/MSI implementation, and address linkages between the themes of the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the thematic areas of the BPOA/MSI.

In its review of the Matrix, the TAC noted the ongoing challenge of building capacity building among the Caribbean SIDS in order to implement the BPOA/MSI. The TAC recommended that the BPOA/MSI goals be prioritized and that monitoring of progress be measured through an evaluation of the policy impact of programmes and projects. It also recommended that a regional information and communications technology (ICT) platform be developed for improving communication and sharing information, and that it include, but not be limited to, a web-based forum to enhance interaction among SIDS.

The TAC concluded that, given the narrow resource base of the Caribbean SIDS and their vulnerability to natural disasters, a programme to strengthen resilience should be developed. It also concluded that the region needs to develop guidelines for preparation for their participation in international fora, as well as a mechanism for using information from implementation indicators as the basis for formulating a common regional position in global negotiations.

As a result of its discussion of Rio+20, the TAC decided to communicate to the Conference the core priorities of Caribbean SIDS, as follows: climate change; disaster management; water and waste management; land degradation; and science, technology and innovation.

The TAC, comprised of 15 representatives of governments, regional organizations, civil society and development partners, oversees the coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the MSI within the Caribbean. It advises the RCM's highest decision-making body, the Inter-Governmental Council (IGC), on roles, responsibilities and functions within the RCM, reviews its work programmes and identifies gaps in the region's sustainable development policies. ECLAC's Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, serves as the RCM Secretariat with support from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. [ECLAC Press Release]