It was an intensive two days, as representatives from 27 civil society organisations met probably for the first time locally to discuss in detail the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The consultation dubbed “National Views on the Sustainable Development Goals and the SAMOA Pathway” was held from November 29-30, 2016 at the Golden Palm Events Centre in Rodney Heights. This important consultation organized by the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations of Saint Lucia in collaboration with the Saint Lucia National Trust was made possible with funding from the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
At the beginning of day one, participants ranked Goal 2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” as the most important. This was followed by Goal 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” and Goal 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. The consultation focused on the overarching themes of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership under which the seventeen SDG Goals are clustered and allowed participants to debate the targets under each Goal before individually prioritizing them. At the end of the consultation, and after having received more information about the SDGs, Goal 2 still remained the highest priority for participants. However, although the initial three SDGs still remained a priority, Goal 4 was now ranked as the second highest priority followed by Goal 6.
A report from this consultation has been compiled and will be submitted to the Government of Saint Lucia. The findings and recommendations of this consultation will also provide useful guidance for the crafting of the Strategic Plan for the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations of Saint Lucia.
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