Launch of the SDG Fund Joint Programme “Universal Adaptive Social Protection to Enhance Resilience and Accelerate the SDGs in the Eastern Caribbean”

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 prepare and can access support during and after crises. It also seeks to expand social protection towards universal access for people – in Barbados, Saint Lucia and across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). This will support the ultimate goal of reducing structural inequality, reducing poverty and building resilience. This event was transmitted via, click on this link to watch the recording.




Introductory Remarks (3 minutes) 

Master of Ceremonies 


Welcome Remarks (7 minutes) 

Mr. Didier Trebucq, UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the OECS 


Remarks from Implementing Partners (20 minutes)  

Barbados Government Representative - Hon. Cynthia Forde, Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs 

Saint Lucia Government Representative - Hon. Lenard Montoute, Minister of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment 

OECS Representative - Dr. Carlene Radix, Head of Health and Acting Head of Human and Social Cluster, Social and Sustainable Development Division - Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) 


Question and Answer (20 minutes) 


Closing Remarks (10 minutes)  


Connection Details  

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This livestream will also be available on the Joint SDG Fund website  as well as