July 8, 2017
Written by Jamaica Observer
This article originally appeared on the Jamaica Observer.
The outlook for development assistance is bleak given the Trump Administration’s plans to cut the aid budget by 36 per cent, Brexit’s likely impact on European aid, and the Venezuelan political turmoil.
The Caribbean will have to depend on its own internal resources if it is to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015to provide the international community with a common plan to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Importantly, the SDGs are an inclusive agenda of targets and guidelines for all countries to implement in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large.
The SDGs are a bold commitment to continue the progress achieved by the predecessor, Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities.