The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 25 September 2015. The Agenda comes along with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets. The Agenda encompasses a number of central issues that are particularly relevant to the development of Caribbean countries is therefore a major opportunity to address these issues.
“The broader scope that is characteristic of the SDGs is particularly important for the Caribbean. Despite middle-income status and moderate to high human development classification, the region has experienced poor growth performance over several decades and unsustainable levels of debt. The region also has one of the highest rates of adolescent pregnancy, youth unemployment, rising crime and gender based violence. Non-communicable diseases and climate change also present major challenges. The region can benefit from SDG goals that serve to strengthen economic performance, promote inclusive and transparent governance, support gender equality and sustainable development, and promote beneficial engagement with the global economy. “ United Nations (2015), 'Towards a Caribbean Multi-Country Assessment (CMCA)', p.9.