The United Nations has agreed to support St. Lucia Mainstreaming, Acceleration, and Policy Support (MAPS) engagement process in line with St. Lucia’s adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. . The MAPS process which has poverty reduction high up on its agenda will be spearheaded by the Departments of Economic Development and Sustainable development
The Millennium Summit in September 2000 adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which committed the nations to the global partnership to reduce extreme poverty through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs established for the period 2000 to 2015 registered imbalanced progress. According to a UN 2015 Report on the MDGs, inequalities persist, and progress was not uniform across the world. In 2013, upon recognition that the time-frame for achieving the MDGs would expire, the United Nations introduced the post 2015 Development Agenda. The discussions culminated at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2015 with the adoption of Transforming our world: Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Saint Lucia, along with many other global leaders, made a commitment to promote sustainable development by signing onto the Agenda 2030. The Agenda has an enhanced set of goals that focuses on people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.
The UN developed the Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) to guide St. Lucia and other countries in landing the SDGs into national development plans with technical expertise from the UN systems.
MAPS Mission Team Co –Leader Kenroy Roach deemed the pursuit of the sustainable development goals urgent in view of the extreme poverty rates.
Cabinet Secretary Benjamin Emmanuel highlighted the importance of a strong monitoring framework to measure the progress of efforts
In order to ensure a cohesive approach to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals the Government of Saint Lucia has appointed an SDG Committee.