United Nations Development Programme
Trinidad and Tobago
Meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Trinidad and Tobago
The origins of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) lie in the UN Millennium Declaration, which was adopted by 189 UN Member States in 2000. The goals embody the efforts of the world community to achieve significant measurable improvements in people’s lives in the new century.
The UN in Trinidad and Tobago has worked consistently with the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago to monitor progress towards the MDGs. Initiatives have included training of over one hundred (100) staff of different ministries in data management tools (DevInfo and REDATAM) which would facilitate MDG reporting, establishment of a national database, the development of the 2012 Human Development Atlas of Trinidad and Tobago and cTTInfo.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has also made siginificant contributions towards the MDG's. Plans to achieve and support objectives within MDG 1 have been made through the development of the Ministry of the People and Social Development which aims to tackle poverty alleviation and poverty reduction with an allocation of 20.5% of the national budget. Through the provision of laptops for students in secondary schools and efforts for all such students within the next 5 years to have such an educational resource, contributions to MDG 2 have been made. Siginificant achievements in MDG 3 have also been made as 28% of Trinidad and Tobago's Parliamentarians and 25% of local government practitioners are also women. There has also been a 51% increase in the enrollment of women in tertiary education between the years 2003 to 2009.
To view the statement by The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad adn Tobago at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals, please click here.
The Global MDG Reports 2011 to 2009 can be accessed by clicking the thumbnails below:
UNDP therefore has continued to support a number of initiatives aimed at meeting the MDGs in Trinidad and Tobago. They include:
· Strengthening the database. A thirty year old statistical database, Trindad and Tobago Today was discovered and modernized. This will become an accessible web-based tool with over thirty years of data which can be used for analysis and reporting on MDGs.
· Collaborating with the Ministry of Social Development to drive the MDGs. Through a very strong collaborative effort with the Ministry of Social Development, ministry leadership was achieved to take ownership of MDG 1. This has laid the platform for stronger inter-ministerial collaboration for reporting on progress towards the MDGs as well as to develop relevant programmes to achieve these goals.
· MDG Advocacy – UNDP continues to promote the MDGs to different target groups. A group of graduate students was prepare to participate in the global Model UN Assembly on MDGs in Geneva.
Contributions of UNDP Trinidad and Tobago to MDG 3 can be found here.