Thursday 23 January, 2020

J'ca to host Sustainable Development Goals regional forum

Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

The Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will host more than 200 delegates from 18 Caribbean countries in Kingston between June 28 - 30, for the Caribbean Action 2030: Regional Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Expected among the group will be high-level ministers and experts, seeking to advance and accelerate regional action on a comprehensive blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequality and protecting the planet - Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The delegates will be charting a course for the future in areas such as resources mobilisation, civil society participation, strong evidence base for police and capacity building. The 17 SDGs are commonly known around the globe as Agenda 2030.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, which is led by Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith, will partner with the University of the West Indies and the United Nations in the Caribbean, which is providing the funding, to have the Caribbean Action 2030 conference.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will address the Opening Ceremony on June 28, with other dignitaries expected to speak are UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles and United National Development Programme's regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jessica Faieta.

Ministers of government from the Caribbean will deliberate in plenary, panel discussions and solutions workshops joined by delegates from civil society, academia, youth and non-governmental organisations.

It will have more than 30 local, regional and international academics and expert in their field presenting papers highlighting research, national experiences and opportunities in SDG action in the region.

American Professor Raymond Saner, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, will speak on financing the SDGs through private-public partnerships at a private sector working lunch.

Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics, who is a leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author and syndicated columnist, will lead a lecture on the evening of the June 28. A youth forum will be held on the June 29.

Key elements of the deliberations of the conference will be used in a partnership framework agreement expected to be signed by participating ministers.

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