Statement by the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis on behalf of CARICOM at High Level Forum on Sustainable Development

Statement by the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on behalf of CARICOM, on the occasion of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
16 July 2018 Trusteeship Council 3:30 p.m.
Mr. President,
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the fourteen (14) Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
CARICOM aligns itself with the statements delivered by the distinguished representatives of Egypt, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China; the Maldives, on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS); and El Salvador, on behalf of the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC).
We recall the decision taken to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development to replace the Commission on Sustainable development (CSD) made by Heads at the Rio +20 Conference. Accordingly, we wish to use this opportunity to commend the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for convening the third Forum following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The theme of this 2018 HLPF, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” affords Member States the opportunity to take stock of the work needed to be undertaken and calibrate or re-calibrate their approach accordingly to ensure the full and successful implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Accordingly, we welcome the 47 countries that will present their Voluntary National Reviews over the next three days, and we especially highlight that two members of our Community: The Bahamas and Jamaica, will present their review during this Forum.

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