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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century and Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20

5-6 and 7-9 March 2013 | Bogotá, Colombia

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Highlights for Tuesday, 5 March 2013
ECLACThe Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to Address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century, opened on Tuesday, 5 March, at the Crowne Plaza Tequendama Hotel in Bogota, Colombia. Over 50 representatives from Caribbean governments, international and intergovernmental organizations and civil society met with the objective of discussing Caribbean views on the follow-up to Rio+20, sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda.

In the morning, the opening plenary heard a message from, among others, Chair Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana, who stressed the importance of shaping the sustainable development agenda to address the Caribbean reality. Diane Quarless, Director of the Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, said the Forum provides an opportunity to ensure that, in the evolving global discourse on the post-2015 development agenda, the special needs of small island developing states (SIDS) are considered. Crispin Gregoire, UN Development Group-Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG-LAC), suggested convergence between the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs. Elizabeth Tompson, Former Executive Coordinator of Rio+20 and consultant for the post-2015 development agenda, presented an overview of progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 agenda in the Caribbean SIDS.

In the afternoon, a session on advancing development in addressing the vulnerability of Caribbean SIDS through resilience building was held, and participants heard presentations by different stakeholders, including governments and international agencies. The themes addressed: promoting human development, citizen security and human rights in Caribbean SIDS; the promotion of inclusive growth, through diversification, creativity and innovation; and building resilience and social cohesion by leveraging cultural capital and community empowerment.

The session closed at 6:58 pm and the meeting will resume on Wednesday.
A view of Cerro de Monserrate from the venue
A view of Cerro de Monserrate from the venue.
Opening of the Forum
The dais during the opening of the meeting. L-R: Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana; Amb. Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Crispin Gregoire, UNDG-LAC; Carlos Morales, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia; Paula Caballero, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia; Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean; and Guillermo Acuña, ECLAC.
Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana
L-R: Carlos Morales and Paula Caballero, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia
Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean
Participants during Paula Caballero’s intervention.
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Amb. Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, CARICOM
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Crispin Gregoire, Chief of the Caribbean Strategic Monitoring and Support Unit of the Regional Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean

Session 1 - Overview of progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the Post-2015 development agenda and implementation of the sustainable development agenda of SIDS
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Elizabeth Thompson, Former Executive Coordinator of Rio+20 and High-Level Consultant for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
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Slide from Elizabeth Thompson’s presentation
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Arnaldo Brown, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
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John Maginley, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Antigua and Barbuda
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Amb. Colin Granderson (right), Assistant Secretary-General, CARICOM, during discussions.
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Gordon Bispham, Civil Society
Participants listening to Elizabeth Thompson’s presentation

Session 2: Consideration of the Millennium Development Goals, the Post-2015 development agenda and Rio+20 follow-up initiatives
L-R: Janice Miller, Under-Secretary for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica; Alva Baptiste, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation, Saint Lucia; Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Agency of Environment; Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana; Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean; Amb. George Talbot, Guyana; and Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM
Alva Baptiste, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation, Saint Lucia
L-R: Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Agency of Environment, and Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana
Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM

Session 3: Theme 1: Advancing development in addressing the vulnerability of Caribbean SIDS through resilience building
L-R: Jacqueline Sharpe, Immediate Past President, International Planned Parenthood Federation; Anthony Harriott, University of the West Indies; John Maginley, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Antigua and Barbuda; Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana; Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean; Carissa F. Etienne, Regional Director, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); and Guillermo Acuña, ECLAC
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Amb. Colin Granderson (right), Assistant Secretary-General, CARICOM, during discussions.
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Civil Society representatives during informal discussions.

Session 3: Theme 2: Promoting inclusive growth through diversification, creativity and innovation in the Caribbean SIDS
L-R: Rosina Wiltshire, CARICOM Advocate for Gender Justice; Douglas Camacho, President, Insurance Association of the Caribbean; Arnaldo Brown, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica; Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana; and Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean

Session 3: Theme 3: Building resilience and social cohesion in the Caribbean SIDS
L-R: Cletus Springer, Organization of American States (OAS); Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM; Winston Moore, University of the West Indies; Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana; and Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean
L-R: Douglas Camacho, President, Insurance Association of the Caribbean, and Jaevion Nelson, Civil Society
Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago
Charmaine Gomes, ECLAC

Around the Forum
L-R: Carlos Morales and Paula Caballero, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia
L-R: Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Agency of Environment, and Margarita Astralaga, Regional Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean
L-R: Teófilo Monteiro and Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO
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