United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Statement
on
behalf
of
CARICOM
By
H.E.
Mr.
Dennis
Francis,
Ambassador,
Director,
Multilateral
Relations
Division,
Ministry
of
Foreign
Affairs
Trinidad
and
Tobago
At
the
10th
Session
of
the
Open
Working
Group
on
Sustainable
Development
Goals
on
Gender
equality
and
women’s
empowerment;
Education;
Employment
and
decent
work
for
all;
Health
and
population
dynamics
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United
Nations
Headquarters
1
April,
2014
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Gender
Equality
and
women’s
empowerment:
We
agree
that
achieving
gender
equality
and
women’s
empowerment
could
form
the
basis
of
a
stand-­‐alone
goal
area
and
also
be
addressed
in
the
form
of
targets
throughout
other
goal
areas.
Targets
under
a
stand
alone
goal
should
prioritise
the
following:
-­‐
End
all
forms
of
discrimination
against
women
of
all
ages
-­‐
End
violence
against
girls
and
women
in
all
its
forms
-­‐
Ensure
equal
participation
of
women
in
decision-­‐making
in
public
and
private
institutions
-­‐
Reducing
the
disproportionate
burden
of
unpaid
work
In
the
context
of
other
goal
areas,
cross
cutting
issues
related
to
gender
equality
and
women’s
empowerment
should
focus
on:
-­‐
Universal
access
for
both
women
and
men
to
modern
energy
services
-­‐
Ensuring
equality
of
economic
opportunities
for
all,
including
marginalised
groups
-­‐
Eliminating
gender
based
and
other
forms
of
labour
market
discrimination
-­‐
Ensuring
access
to
safe
and
affordable
drinking
water
and
adequate
sanitation
for
all
-­‐
Improving
the
provision
of
sexual
and
reproductive
health
care
-­‐
Achieving
high
completion
rates
at
all
levels
for
education
for
both
boys
and
girls
Mr.
Co
Chair,
We
note
that
for
the
implementation
of
any
targets
and
goals
on
data
disaggregated
by
sex
for
improving
gender
equality
policies,
including
gender
sensitive
budgeting
will
be
required.
This
is
a
matter
of
critical
concern
for
CARICOM
and
many
other
SIDS
and
must
be
addressed
in
the
context
of
means
of
implementation
for
the
improvement
of
data
and
statistical
systems.
Education
Education
is
a
key
enabler
for
the
achievement
of
all
goals
geared
toward
the
achievement
of
sustainable
development.
It
is
also
an
area
of
unfinished
business
from
the
MDG
agenda.
As
the
MDGs
focused
on
quantitative
targets
and
indicators
in
the
area
of
education,
it
is
our
view
that
the
SDGs,
with
the
aim
of
being
applicable
to
all,
should
include
qualitative
targets
and
indicators.
Increased
enrolment
alone
is
not
an
indication
of
quality
education
that
would
be
appropriate
or
competitive
in
the
job
market
place.
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highest
attainable
standard
of
mental
and
physical
health
and
improving
life
expectancy
for
all
including
through
the
following
target
areas:
-­‐
Attaining
universal
health
coverage
-­‐
Elimination
of
preventable
child
and
maternal
deaths,
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inter
alia
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quality
of
and
access
to
sexual
and
reproductive
health”
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End
the
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epidemic
-­‐
Significantly
decreasing
deaths
caused
by
communicable
diseases
and
neglected
tropical
diseases
-­‐
Reducing
by
25%
by
2025
deaths
caused
by
non-­‐communicable
diseases
-­‐
Providing
for
the
health
needs
of
persons
with
disabilities,
youth
migrants,
ageing
populations
and
rural
communities
The
means
of
implementation
on
this
issue
should
address:
-­‐
Intellectual
Property
Rights
issues
for
the
provision
of
affordable
drugs
for
treatment
-­‐
Technology
transfer
for
the
provision
of
modern
equipment
for
the
treatment
of
non-­‐communicable
diseases
-­‐
Financing
for
the
expansion
of
rural
community
health
care
centres
-­‐
Capacity
building
to
improve
research
into
preventative
approaches
for
the
treatment
of
non-­‐communicable
diseases
Mr.
Co
Chair,
For
CARICOM,
issues
related
to
population
dynamics
touch
on
a
number
of
goal
areas
including
employment,
education
and,
most
notably,
sustainable
cities
and
human
settlements.
It
must
therefore
be
treated
in
a
cross
cutting
manner.
It
is
our
view
that
clustering
this
issue
with
health
limits
the
consideration
it
can
be
given
across
the
goal
framework.
Previously
outlined
targets,
which
address
social
protection,
employment
for
all,
access
to
health
care,
and
the
treatment
of
youth
all
highlight
different
aspects
of
population
dynamics.
Migration
and
infrastructure
development
are
also
key
concerns
in
this
area.
We
look
forward
to
addressing
this
matter
more
concretely
in
discussions
over
the
next
few
days.
I
thank
you.