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A/53/275/Add.1


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 September 1998

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General Assembly
Fifty-third session
Agenda item 23
Cooperation between the United Nations
  and the Caribbean Community


     Cooperation between the United Nations and the Caribbean Community


                    Report of the Secretary-General


                              Addendum


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III.  Information received from the United Nations 
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      Department of Economic and Social Affairs. . .      1-5        2


       III. Information received from the United Nations system


            Department of Economic and Social Affairs


1.   In the context of monitoring the implementation of the
Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of
Small Island Developing States, 1/ the Department of
Economic and Social Affairs exchanges information on
activities related to the implementation of the Programme
of Action with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
This exchange helps keep the organization abreast of the
work of the Commission on Sustainable Development on
issues related to small island developing States. It also helps
provide the Commission with current information on the
implementation of the Programme of Action in the
Caribbean. The Department relies on information from the
organization for reporting to the Commission. Since
CARICOM is actively involved in sustainable development
activities in Caribbean small island developing States, and
(jointly with the Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean) is the subregional coordination
mechanism for the implementation of the Programme of
Action, the information it supplied has been very useful to
the Commission on Sustainable Development in its
deliberations on sustainable development issues related to
Small Island Developing States.

2.   The Department of Economic and Social Affairs
maintained contacts with CARICOM and, on several
occasions, areas of possible cooperation have been explored
jointly. The United Nations organized a consultative
meeting among regional institutions, in New York in
February 1998, which followed up on decisions taken by the
General Assembly at its nineteenth special session, held to
review and appraise the implementation of Agenda 21 and
other outcomes of the United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development. The meeting focused on
actions that regional institutions, such as CARICOM, could
take to promote increased regional implementation of
Agenda 21 and helped to identify key regional actions that
could further sustainable development objectives.

3.   Under the United Nations Trust Fund for New and
Renewable Sources of Energy established by the
Government of Italy, technical cooperation activities have
been carried out to assist small island developing States,
including those that are members of CARICOM, to promote
the use of solar home systems for lighting and for powering
small appliances such as the radios, televisions, cassette
recorders, refrigerators and water purifiers, thereby
contributing to improving the quality of life of people living
in remote locations and reducing their reliance on imported
fossil fuels. Projects have been developed for Grenada and
Saint Lucia. Training of personnel is also envisaged under
this technical cooperation activity.

4.   Exchange of information and substantive reports has
been continued with CARICOM on the advancement of the
status of women, youth matters and the eradication of
poverty. The youth focal points of CARICOM and the
Organization of American States participated in
preparations for the World Conference of Ministers
Responsible for Youth, held at Lisbon, Portugal, from 8 to
12 August 1998. The United Nations Youth Fund assisted
CARICOM preparatory activities and attended the
international preparatory meetings for the Conference and
the Conference itself. CARICOM was contacted with regard
to the possibility of preparing an action-oriented report on
poverty eradication in the CARICOM region, but further
progress depends on the availability of resources.

5.   It is being anticipated that the United Nations project
on assistance to public administration systems at the central
and local government levels in the Caribbean multi-island
States will strengthen the capability of the public
administration systems in the English and Dutch-speaking
multi-island unitary States of the Caribbean (Netherlands
Antilles -- Bonaire, Curac'ao, Saba, Saint Eustatius, St.
Maarten -- and the English-speaking countries or areas  
Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis,
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Carricacou,
Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands, the
Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands). As a
component of the project, and in collaboration with the
Caribbean Centre for Development Administration, the
Department of Economic and Social Affairs will organize
a workshop for all the representatives of public
administration systems at the central and local government
levels and civil society entities working in association with
the public service of English- and Dutch-speaking multi-island 
States of the Caribbean. This workshop will outline
and adopt an action plan to improve public management and
networking between government and social partners and
promote greater efficiency and effectiveness in the public
sector; support human resource development and
administrative reform in the Caribbean; and enhance
training capabilities of Governments in the region. At the
same time, the workshop will provide a good opportunity
to formulate and present to the donor community an
estimation of the technical, human and financial resources
required to make the action plan operational. This project
will be financed by a grant of US$ 80,000 from the
Government of Italy allocated through the Department of
Economic and Social Affairs.


                               Note


          1/   Report of the Global Conference on the Sustainable
               Development of Small Island Developing States, Bridgetown,
               Barbados, 25 April 6 May 1994 (United Nations publication,
               Sales No. E.94.I.18), chap. I, resolution 1, annex II.

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