On 6th and 7th August 2014, the Saint Lucia National Trust with support from the GEF Small Grants Programme collaborated with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology and the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action –St. Lucia (CAFRA) to host a Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Consulttion. The main objective of that consultation was to seek the views of Saint Lucia’s civil society and non-government organizations (NGOs) on their priorities for national sustainable development to be presented to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which was held 1st to 4th September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. Another objective of the consultation was to commence the process for the establishment of a framework for sustained CSO participation and partnerships in the sustainable development of Saint Lucia.
Given that the outcome of the Third International Conference on SIDS was intended to guide national governments and the international com
munity for investments in sustainable human development, coupled with the fact that input was provided by various national CSOs and NGOs, it was fitting that a subsequent meeting be convened to present the outcomes of this process. Additionally, as was recommended at the aforementioned CSO Consultation, further consideration ought to have been given to the establishment of a CSO Coalition as a means of sustaining CSO involvement and partnerships for sustainable development.
In this regard, Civil Society Organisation were invited to attend a half-day civil society consultation which was held on 9th October 2014 from 9:30 a.m. in the Palmville Conference Room at the Palm Haven Hotel, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet.