The SDSN Caribbean focuses on three shared regional priorities: climate change, energy, and the blue economy, which is the use of the sea and its resources for sustainable development. These priorities are interlinked; climate change is a major threat to the region due to sea level rise, increased frequency and intensity of storm events, changes to disease vectors, and more. When considered along with overfishing, impacts on Caribbean ecosystems and infrastructure jeopardize the tourism sector, a major part of the region’s economy. Moving Caribbean states away from fossil fuels and investing in energy efficiency are therefore key components in achieving energy security and climate mitigation goals. The network is actively seeking Solutions Initiatives in these areas.

Countries and territories included in the regional network: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela.

Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Hosted by: University of the West Indies

Team

  • David Smith

    Institute for Sustainable Development, University of the West Indies

Closing data gaps in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) The network supports the SDSN’s SDG Index and Dashboards report through an initiative to close data gaps in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Caribbean team is working with government agencies, NGOs, and academia to request data that is not currently publicly available through international institutions, as well as advise National Statistical Offices on how to set up frameworks for future reporting. Data gathered are included in the annual SDG Index and Dashboards report. Results are also presented to countries in multi-stakeholder events, and lead to conversations on SDG prioritization as well as the sharing of best practices and successful programs between countries in the region.

Jamaica is naturally and irrevocably aligned to the sustainable development goals and at every opportunity we reaffirm our commitment to achieving them. Furthermore, Jamaica will play its part in regional and international fora to promote attainment.

Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica

Tracking SDG progress The SDSN Caribbean aims to develop a state-of-the-art interactive website to share future results, which would also help stakeholders track progress on the SDGs through to 2030. The Network also hopes to expand the project to other SIDS, by working with the SDSN Australia/ Pacific.