The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Saint Lucia to support an expansion of the nation’s Public Assistance Programme (PAP) by 1,000 households as part of the nation’s 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
Every country in the world has been touched by COVID-19. Countries of the Eastern Caribbean, like many other Small Island Developing States, are especially vulnerable to the social and economic impacts of the crisis that is affecting all segments of the population. Addressing these issues will require increased support by governments, through social programmes, as part of a coordinated response.
This is the official document describing the Joint Programme that contributes to the development of an adaptive1 and universal social protection system in Saint Lucia and Barbados through integrated policy development, programme design and service implementation. The Joint Programme takes an innovative approach to modelling and piloting at community, national and sub-regional levels, which will complement national plans and leverage resources from existing policy loans from international financial institutions.
The Caribbean is the most indebted region in the world and highly vulnerable to large-scale shocks including economic crises, public health emergencies, displacement and climate-related disasters. In a region where one in four people (24%) live in poverty, with a poverty rate that is even higher among children (33%), no one should be left behind and face such events without adequate social protection. The Joint Programme aims to make social protection more adaptive – linking it to disaster risk management and adapting to climate change – to ensure people have the means to
Five United Nations agencies in the Eastern Caribbean are working together under the guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator on the Joint Programme entitled “Universal Adaptive Social Protection to Enhance Resilience and Acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Eastern Caribbean” - the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women.
The United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) has described Latin America and the Caribbean as “a laboratory for climate action,” as world leaders gather in Madrid, Spain for the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25).
But it is not just about problems, according to Kathryn Milliken, WFP’s climate change advisor. “The Latin American and Caribbean region offers exciting opportunities to test and scale up a wide range of solutions to address climate-related issues,” she said.
Globally, the number, duration, and size of disasters and crises are on the rise. At the same time, the cost of emergency responses has been increasing, thus exerting further pressure on already limited resources. Concurrently, there is growing global recognition of the need to leverage existing resources to respond to shocks – as reflected in Grand Bargain commitments.