LAUNCH: Caribbean Human Development Report

Caribbean countries need a new generation of public policies to increase gains in the economic, social and environmental fronts while boosting climate and financial resilience and protecting people throughout their life cycles, says the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report (HDR) for the Caribbean, to be launched in Barbados on Monday 12 September with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, key Caribbean authorities and some of the region’s top thinkers.

The Caribbean HDR titled “Multidimensional Progress: human resilience beyond income” reveals new figures and sheds light on key policy recommendations that can help Caribbean countries achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


-          Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator
-          Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Barbados
-          Jessica Faieta, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
-          Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
-          Didacus Jules, Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission
-          Samantha Marshall, Minister of Social Transformation, Antigua
-          Oliver Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Planning, Trade and Cooperatives, Grenada
-          Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies
-          Marla Dukharan, Group Economist, Royal Bank of Canada, Caribbean operations
-          Warren Benfield, Human Development Report lead author


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The Caribbean and the SDGs


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) open space for a new way of building resilience and integrating economic, social and environmental dimensions in the Caribbean, including peace and justice. 

A new generation of public policies can increase gains in the economic, social and environmental fronts and boost resilience, in line with the SDGs. 

About the Caribbean HDR

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The Caribbean Human Development Report is an editorially independent publication commissioned by UNDP. This report was prepared with financial support from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID, in Spanish) and the Chilean Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AGCID, in Spanish) through the OECS project on multidimensional approaches to poverty reduction. Over 15 regional authorities and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector took part in the Report’s Advisory Panel.

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