From Millenium Development Goals (MDGS) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)

The Unity Labour Party Manifesto 2015 - Table of Contents


In the year 2,000, the United Nations adopted eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in a global quest over the ensuing 15 years (2000 to 2015) to make lives and living far better than before, particularly for the world’s poor, marginalised, and vulnerable.  These eight Goals, which were accompanied by specific Targets, and in summary form, comprised the following: (i) Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger; (2) Achieve Universal Primary Education; (3) Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women; (4) Reduce Child Mortality; (5) Improve Maternal Health; (6) Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases; (7) Ensure Environmental Sustainability; and (8) Develop a Global Partnership for Development.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines signed on to these MDGs through the then Prime Minister, Sir James Mitchell.  The honour and privilege fell to the Unity Labour Party administration to pursue in St. Vincent and the Grenadines the implementation of the MDGs, in concert with the rest of the global community. Considerable progress has been made, world-wide, in the implementation of the MDGs but much still remains to be done particularly for those living in extreme poverty (indigence or “dirt poor” poverty), hunger, and marginalisation.  In St. Vincent and the Grenadines we have made immense progress in the achieving of the MDGs.  Indeed, in almost every material particular we have met and surpassed our targets.  Still, formidable tasks remain to be accomplished to consolidate the gains of the MDGs and to ensure sustainable development in even more challenging circumstances of the international economy, climate change, debilitating global political conflicts, and insecurity.

After much stock-taking and reflection, the world community, recently, through the United Nations at its General Assembly in September 2015 resolved to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as an advance over the MDGs, in a changing global condition, to accelerate further the quest over the next 15 years to make the lives and living of the world’s poor, marginalised, and vulnerable even better than before.  Our country’s Prime Minister, Dr. The Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves, our dear Comrade Ralph, was at the United Nations to endorse the SDGs and to commit St. Vincent and the Grenadines to their implementation at home and abroad.  This ULP Manifesto for the 2015 General Elections is, in large measure, framed within the contours of the SDGs which reflect our long-standing Party’s vision, philosophy, policies, and programmatic framework.  Indeed, our Manifesto goes beyond the SDGs.  Our quest is even larger and more demanding over the next 15 years.

These 17 SDGs are as follows:-

  1. End Poverty in all its forms everywhere;
  2. End Hunger, achieve food security, and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture;
  3. Ensure Healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;
  4. Ensure inclusive and quality Education for all and promote life-long learning;
  5. Achieve Gender Equality and empower all women and girls;
  6. Ensure access to Water and Sanitation for all;
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable modern Energy;
  8. Promote inclusive and sustainable Economic Growth, Employment and Decent Work for all;
  9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, promote Sustainable Industrialisation and Foster Innovation;
  10. Reduce Inequality within and among countries;
  11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable;
  12. Ensure Sustainable consumption and Production Patterns;
  13. Take urgent action to combat Climate Change and its impacts;
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the Oceans, Seas, and Marine Resources;
  15. Sustainably manage Forests, combat Desertification, halt and reverse Land Degradation, halt biodiversity loss;
  16. Promote just, peaceful, and Inclusive Societies;
  17. Revitalise the Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development.

OUR PEOPLE TRUST US TO DELIVER ON THESE OUR COMMITMENTS ON WHICH WE WILL DELIVER WITH LOVE AND CARING


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