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Regional Ministers To Collaborate More On Social Protection

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Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Hon. Joachim Henry has enunciated Saint Lucia’s commitment to overcoming structural barriers that impede and disproportionately affect populations in situations of vulnerability.

Fresh from attending the September 29 & 30, 2022, 14th Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) which was held in Ecuador, Minister Henry told his counterparts that Saint Lucia reaffirms its determination to achieving key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as outlined by the United Nations.

Minister Henry pledged Saint Lucia’s continued support to strengthening regional ties on matters of social and economic dimensions and expressed a general willingness to collaborate on proposals that would lead to further development and enhancement of social protection systems across the sub-region.

He went further in joining with calls from the august body for a deliberate strengthening of alliances between developmental actors, including governments and private sector, for the eventual fulfillment of all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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The over a dozen strong sub-regional Ministerial Forum, called for a more robust move towards social protection systems that are  shock responsive and that contribute to inclusive and sustainable growth, poverty and vulnerability reduction and  resilience building.

In the end, Ministers agreed to consolidate social protection systems that are universal, fiscally sustainable and favorable to growth. They also agreed that these systems needed to provide economic empowerment for all, balancing gender roles and responsibilities.

The two-day Ministerial Forum convened under the theme, “Recalibrating…How to Get Back on Track Towards the SDGs,” was organized by the Government of Ecuador, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Saint Lucia recently completed a comprehensive revision of its National Social Protection Policy (NSPP), which has since been presented to the island’s Cabinet of Ministers.

SOURCE: Ministry of Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment/SLT

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