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Barbados: GOVERNMENT REVIEWING DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Government is reviewing its efforts to date to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within its development policies.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott stated a report will be presented to “the United Nations in July that will outline what we have achieved and the challenges we face”. He said, “In preparing for this review, I assure you that the government will engage the private sector to ensure that its perspective is fully reflected.”

He made this disclosure on Tuesday as he addressed the Dialogue on the Private Sector Contribution to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals at UN House.

Walcott told the audience that it is not possible for government to achieve the 17 SDGs alone. Rather, its best hope in doing so is through partnerships. He noted that the “partnership between the government and the private sector and business community is indeed a critical one,” in this regard.

“We believe that it is not enough today for the private sector to focus solely on profits. They must seek to contribute to the development priorities of Barbados and the region, and to uplift and improve the lives of Caribbean people by incorporating the SDGs into their operations.”

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