Proposal for a revitalized Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee - Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Sustainable Development (CDCC-RCM): Repositioning CDCC-RCM as the mechanism for sustainable development in Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS)
Abstract .-- Introduction .-- I. Caribbean SIDS sustainable development agendas .-- II. The Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee-Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Sustainable Development (CDCC-RCM) .-- III. Repositioning the CDCC-RCM as the Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum.
The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) agenda for sustainable development has as its foundation the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA 1994), the Mauritius Strategy for Further Implementation of the BPoA (MSI 2005) and more recently the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway 2014). These agreements representing 25 years of continual focus are the SIDS sustainable development blue prints. With the objectives of positioning and maintaining a strategic SIDS focus across sustainable development agendas, this paper re-examines the Regional Coordinating Mechanism of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation (CDCC- RCM)1 in its historical context and analyses recommendations put forth during recent meetings of the CDCC. In doing so, the paper makes the case that a revitalized CDCCRCM could serve as a uniquely Caribbean Mechanism to promote sustained implementation of the SIDS sustainable development agenda in this subregion and provide preparatory support for the annual meeting of the Forum of Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development.