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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 Wednesday, 6 March 2013
ECLACOn Wednesday, 6 March, the Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to Address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century, convened to continue discussing the follow-up to Rio+20, sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda. In the morning, participants exchanged views on enhancing institutional infrastructure and governance for sustainable development in the Caribbean and financing for sustainable development in small, middle-income Caribbean countries.

In the afternoon, participants gathered to adopt a Caribbean statement, which addresses main issues raised during discussions held in the Forum.

In the closing ceremony, participants heard statements. Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, CARICOM, highlighted the outcome prepared by the Forum, which reflects subregional realities and provides an indicative roadmap for discussions at the regional and global level. Heraldo Muñoz, Chair, United Nations Development Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG-LAC), drew attention to the different post-2015 development agenda processes, including: the consultations that are taking place at the national, regional and thematic levels; the open working group streams to address mandates coming out of Rio+20; and the SIDS Sustainable Development Conference to be held in 2014, which should provide a unique platform for the Caribbean region to gain political traction.

Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC, underscored the critical messages that the Caribbean countries discussed in the Forum and were reflected in the outcome document, including the region's high vulnerability, lack of economies of scale, unemployment and the need to move to a different quality of integration process beyond trade. She also underscored the need for a paradigm shift to one of internal development that benefits the people of the subregion.

Chair Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Guyana, gaveled the Caribbean Forum to a close at 6:41 pm
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A photo of the participants at the end of the Forum
Session 4: Theme 4: Enhancing Institutional Infrastructure and Governance for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean SIDS
L-R: Gordon Bispham, Civil Society; Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Agency of Environment; Cletus Springer, Organization of American States (OAS); Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana; Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean; and Guillermo Acuña, ECLAC
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L-R: Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Agency of Environment; Cletus Springer, OAS
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José Luis Samaniego, ECLAC
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Gordon Bispham, Civil Society
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Slide from Gordon Bispham’s presentation
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L-R: Rosina Wiltshire, CARICOM Advocate for Gender Justice, and Leah Odle-Benson, UN Women
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John Maginley (right), Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Antigua and Barbuda, intervening during the session.
Participants during the session
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L-R: Elizabeth Thompson, Former Executive Coordinator of Rio+20 and High-Level Consultant for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and Amina J. Mohammed, UN Assistant Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning
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Myrna C. Bernard (left), Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Session 4 - Theme 5: Financing for sustainable development in small, middle income countries
L-R: Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago; Jaevion Nelson, Civil Society; Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trindad and Tobago; Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana; Amina J. Mohammed, UN Assitant Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning; and Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean
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L-R: Jaevion Nelson, Civil Society, and Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trindad and Tobago
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Amina J. Mohammed, UN Assitant Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning
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Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago
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L-R: Gisela Alonso and Dulce Buergo, Cuba
Andreas Wickham, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Alva Baptiste, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation, Saint Lucia
Arnaldo Brown (left), Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
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L-R: Louise Agersnap, UN Development Group-Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG-LAC), and George Gray Molina, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
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Participants sharing a laugh after the end of the session.

Session 5: Plenary session to consider a Caribbean statement on the follow-up to Rio+20, the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda
L-R: Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana, and Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, working on the draft Caribbean statement.
Civil Society representatives met during the afternoon.
Participants held a minute of silencence in honour of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez

Session 6: Closing ceremony
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L-R: Amb. Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, CARICOM, and Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC
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L-R: Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana, and Heraldo Muñoz, Chair, UNDG-LAC

Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC

Around the Forum
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L-R: Cielo Morales and María Amparo Lasso, ECLAC
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L-R: Amina J. Mohammed, UN Assitant Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning; Chantal Line Carpentier, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); and Heather Page, ECLAC
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L-R: Patricia Chaves, UN-DESA, and Diane Quarless, Director of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean
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Participants during a coffee break
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*IISD RS summary report of the Eighth Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-8) and Africa Regional Implementation Meeting (Africa-RIM) in preparation for the Twentieth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable (CSD-20), 19-21 November 2012, UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile
*IISD RS coverage of CSD-19, 2-14 May 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
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