CARICOM Concerned About Pace of SIDS’ Development

As the global community prepares for a Midterm Review of the progress in addressing the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is concerned about the pace of implementing the modalities for SIDS’ sustainable development.

The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway was adopted at the September 2014 Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS Conference) in Apia, Samoa.

The Caribbean Regional Review took place in San Pedro Belize in August 2018.

At the Inter-Regional Preparatory Meeting in Samoa, CARICOM was well represented with the participation of Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The CARICOM Secretariat also participated and provided support through its Sustainable Development and Regional Statistics Programmes.

Some 200 delegates from all three SIDS regions (Caribbean, Pacific and the AIS Region [African, Indian Ocean and South China Sea]), UN Agencies and other international and regional organizations, development partners and stakeholders were also involved.

The Caribbean Community underscored that building a sustainable and resilient Caribbean was challenged by climate change and other environmental related stressors. It underscored the limitations SIDS face with achieving financial and economic sustainability, in the face of graduation, adverse debt, and de-risking strategies applied by some international financial institutions.

The need for strengthening institutions and enabling environments for people centered development, were underpinned by CARICOM as critical elements in meeting the targets of the SAMOA Pathway.

The Heads of Government in expressing their concerns about the slow pace of implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, agreed to work closely with the International Community in the 2019-2024 period to strengthen implementation.