(Georgetown, 28 May 2012) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean is aiming to take a careful look at the governance framework within which the sustainable development agenda will be implemented with a view to strengthening regional coordination.
This was one of many recommendations coming out of the Fourth Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.
The meeting of 25 May 2012 which was held in Georgetown Guyana, recommended that the goals of the BPOA/MSI will be prioritized and that monitoring of progress made in the achievement of the thematic areas could be measured through an evaluation of the policy impact of programmes and projects.
The TAC meeting examined strengthening regional co-ordination in support of the sustainable development of Caribbean small island developing states and as it reviewed the progress made by countries in implementing the MSI, it was noted that implementation capacity continues to be a challenge.
It was recommended that an ICT platform for improving communication and sharing information be developed, to include but not be limited to a web-based forum to enhance interaction among Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The meeting decided that given the narrow resource base of the Caribbean SIDS and their vulnerability to natural disasters, a programme to strengthen resilience should be developed.
Participants came to the conclusion that the region needs to develop guidelines for preparation for participation in international fora and to develop a mechanism for using information from indicators to pursue a single regional position for negotiating purposes.
The TAC meeting also explored the linkages between implementation and preparations for next month's UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held in Brazil on 20 June 2012, with core priorities being climate change and disaster management, water and waste management, land degradation and science, technology and innovation.