Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis says Trinidad and Tobago's Vision 2030 document will be examined by the Joint Select Committee (JSC) and laid in Parliament so it can become national policy.
The draft document is expected to be laid in Parliament on Friday.
She made this statement after she and UN Resident Coordinator Richard Blewitt signed the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF) yesterday, as part of the UN Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) Mission, at Trinidad Hilton, St Ann's. Among those present were Permanent Secretary Joanne Deoraj and St Augustine Campus principal Prof Rhoda Reddock.
The 2017-2021 United Nations (UN MSDF) defines how the Agencies, Funds, and Programmes of the UN will pool their comparative advantages within a single strategic framework that aligns with and supports the overarching strategic goals of the Caribbean's governments and key stakeholders. This framework provides a platform for countries to access the global expertise and experience of the UN System at both the country and sub-regional levels.
Blewitt said 18 UN agencies have contributed to the implementation of the MSDF which is expected to amount to US$197.9 million, for joint initiatives over a five year period. The intention was to build a road map for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Vision 2030 implementation.
Among the SDGs are No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and Partnerships For The Goals are also listed.
Robinson-Regis said: “You would recall with the 2020 document we did not debate it in Parliament and about 600 citizens had participated in the formulation of the document. After PNM left office it was left to languish. We would not want that to happen even if there is a change in government. We are hoping this will not happen. Other countries like Singapore and Jamaica, whether there is a change in government that have a vision document the vision continues because it is a national document.”