T&T to receive UNDP support to combat gender-based violence

The Minister of Planning and Development, the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis hosted a courtesy call with Ms. Randi Davis, the new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, and Ms Sharifa Ali-Abdullah,  Assistant UNDP Resident Representative on Wednesday 13th November, 2019. The main areas of conversation focused on gender-based violence, energy efficiency and renewable energy and the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of this country’s progress towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In addressing gender-based violence, an issue close to Ms. Davis’ heart, she stated that the UNDP will offer support to Trinidad and Tobago to deal with gender based violence, specifically amongst the most vulnerable. Minister Robinson-Regis welcomed the UNPD’s assistance and emphasized the Government’s commitment to deal with this issue through Trinidad and Tobago’s National Development Strategy,  VISION 2030, Theme I: Putting People First: Nurturing Our Greatest Asset.    

Speaking on the topic of energy efficiency and renewable energy, Minister Robinson-Regis admitted, “While we face a small dilemma introducing some level of renewable energy, we must find a way to use renewable energy to some degree.” In response,  Ms Davis said that the UNDP can offer assistance in this regard by providing global technical support to Trinidad and Tobago.

Regarding the VNRs , Minister Robinson-Regis was very excited and proud to note that the Ministry of Planning and Development will present Trinidad and Tobago’s progress towards implementing the SDGs at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2020. The VNRs  support and facilitate the sharing of countries’ experiences (including successes, challenges and lessons learned) with regard to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It facilitates the identification of measures to accelerate implementation, strengthen policies and government institutions, and mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnership for the implementation of the SDGs.  

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