ROSEAU, DOMINICA- On Wednesday, March 17, 2022, the Commonwealth of Dominica signed the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDCF) for the Caribbean from 2022 to 2026.
According to reports from the government of Dominica, UN Resident Coordinator Didier Trebucq and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit agreed to further sustainable development and the interests of Dominicans through a five-year agreement.
Additionally, the Framework will focus on numerous issues, including climate change and sustainable natural resource management.
During his speech outlining the framework’s focus areas, Prime Minister Dr. Rossevelt Skerrit said that it would be focused on four areas.
He stated: Economic resilience and shared prosperity, Equality and wellbeing, Resilience to climate change shocks, Sustainable natural resource management and peace, safety, justice, and the rule of law.
As well, Prime Minister Skerrit has asked UN Resident Coordinator Didier Trebucq to convey Dominica’s gratitude to the United Nations Secretary-General for his distinguished leadership.
In addition, he explained that the Secretary-General had tirelessly worked and had passionately advocated for the small island developing states like Dominica.
PM Dr. Skerrit also expressed gratitude to the Secretary-General for aiding his country during these difficult times, which resulted in a stable COVID-19 situation in the country.
While applauding Secretary-General, PM Dr. Skerrit affirmed, “I asked Didier Trebucq, the UN Resident Coordinator, to express Dominica’s gratitude to the UN Secretary-General for his leadership and sincere advocacy on behalf of small-island developing states like Dominica, especially in these very difficult times”.
In relation to various matters, such as the COVID-19 response, Hurricane Maria, and Tropical Storm Erika, the prime minister reiterated support from the United Nations and Caribbean UN.
PM Skerrit noted that the United Nations and UN Caribbean have been valuable partners in Dominica’s response to Tropical Storm Erika, Hurricane Maria, and COVID-19 through their technical assistance, advice, and, most importantly, the mobilization of resources and supplies to respond to these shocks.
UNICEF’s regional representative for the Eastern Caribbean, Aloys Kamuragiye, was also in Dominica to participate in the signing ceremony alongside other government officials and UN officials who participated remotely.