HLPF: Statement In Response To Jamaica's Voluntary National Review at the UN

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During the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), countries present “Voluntary National Reviews” (VNRs) that are reports on the progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

These reports are meant to track the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of development in national and international contexts. VNRs are voluntary, state led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other stakeholders. VNRs allow the sharing of experiences and aim to accelerate the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

This year, Jamaica is submitting a VNR. Neish Mclean, OutRight’s Caribbean Program Officer, read a statement/intervention on behalf of the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders during and in response to Jamaica's VNR.

Full statement below:

Honourable moderator, distinguished delegates, thank you for the floor. Today I speak on behalf of and represent vulnerable and marginalized communities – including groups such as grassroots women, LGBTI people, people living with disabilities and young people. We are interested in influencing the way the SDGs are being implemented nationally by promoting a community driven implementation approach. As Jamaica commits to leaving no one behind, as mentioned in the localization of the SDGs, we urge you to ensure that Jamaica fulfills its commitment to ensuring that Vision 2030 – making Jamaica the place of choice to live, raise families, work and do business is a reality for even the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of people.

We are committed to the phrase – The Jamaica We Want – Vision 2030 Jamaica advancing SDGs and Leaving No One Behind. We are proud to be representing our members’ priorities and promoting the important and ongoing work being done as we represent vulnerable and marginalized groups. In the implementation of Agenda 2030, we seek to secure the recognition for community-led action in order to ensure Jamaica’s transformation towards sustainability and resilience. By nature, vulnerable and marginalized people are resilient – grassroots women, LGBTI people, young people, people living with disabilities are resilient – and as a community and people invested in realizing Vision 2030, we invite the Jamaican government to meaningfully engage us in realizing a sustainable nation.


  • What are the plans to ensure funding/resources and other partnership opportunities are given to NGOs, in particular grassroots women and other vulnerable groups such as LGBTI and youth organizations to implement programmes on the ground.

  • Can you share some useful strategies that would promote an integrated development approach that links disaster risk reduction, climate action and the empowerment of women and other marginalized groups – such as LGBTI people?

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