The first in a new series of Caribbean Future Forum webinars kicks off this Friday, 28 August at 11.30 am, and will focus on what the Sustainable Development Goals will mean for people in the
On 25-27 September 2015, world leaders will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to agree on a set of goals and targets to ensure that countries across the globe not only achieve economic and social development, but that they do so in a way that will not exhaust our planet’s environmental resources. These are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which envisage a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive.
On the verge of this historic event, the Caribbean Future Forum (CFF) looks at what all this might actually mean for people living in our region. The CFF was born on 5-8 May 2015, when policy makers, opinion leaders, academics, civil society and representatives of the private sector came together to discuss the future crucial problematic areas that affect the Caribbean Region. The forum was a strategic re-envisioning of how the Caribbean could be transformed by 2050 to incorporate the new models of development for the continued prosperity of all Caribbean peoples.
This Friday, 28 August at 11.30 am the CFF will bring together young thinkers from Trinidad and Tobago and senior United Nations officials to discuss various aspects of the SDGs, including: the most pressing development needs of the Caribbean; the relevance of the SDGs for the Caribbean people; and the process that will lead to the adoption of the SDGs.
The event will be broadcasted live on-line, and will mark the first in a new series of webinars, known as the Carib Web Dialogue series. The series, which will run from August to December
2015, will address issues of sustainable development, youth and environmental related matters.
The launch of the Carib Web Dialogue series will also mark the inauguration of the CFF website and e-Forum, which will ensure that what happened during the Forum last may will be built on and moved forward on-line.
The website will serve as an interactive platform where a diverse group of stakeholders will be able to share ideas, perspectives and information, including policy options and new strategic directions for the region. In addition, the website will act as a catalyst for the collection of critical documents, research papers, best practices, policy options and practical tools, all of which will be categorized according to specific thematic areas and topics.
The Caribbean Future eForum is an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) in Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Trinidad and Tobago, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Commonwealth Secretariat, CARICOM Secretariat, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), Organization of American States (OAS).