Hosted by ECLAC Caribbean,
on 1 September 2014 a high level panel discussion is one of a series of side events at the Conference, that will seek to highlight the economic, social and environmental vulnerabilities being faced by Caribbean SIDS.
The areas of trade and finance, governance and institutional capacity, disaster management and regional integration will be the focus of the discussions. The issue of classification of the majority of Caribbean SIDS as middle income countries based on Gross Domestic Product will be a key area to be explored.
It is expected that the panel discussion will result in tangible, practical, realistic and pragmatic actions that may be pursued by Caribbean SIDS, with support from the international donor community in strengthening their resilience. It is also envisaged that the Conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development, in view of their inherent uniqueness and particular vulnerabilities.
The Third International Conference is focusing on genuine and durable partnerships and it is anticipated that the high level panel discussion will provide the forum for collaboration on key thematic alliances in building resilience.
ECLAC’s subregional headquarters for the Caribbean Director, Diane Quarless will set the stage for the discussion in presenting a seminal piece of work on the major economic, social, governance and environmental challenges being experienced by Caribbean SIDS, highlighting the recommendations that may result in building resilience.
Also, ECLAC’s panel discussion will feature several noted Caribbean ministerial representatives and those from regional organizations.