The Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment in collaboration with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted the second Council of Ministers Meeting for Human and Social Development on March 23-24, 2015.
The meeting’s agenda centered on the protection of children and vulnerable families in the OECS region. A delegation from sister territory Martinique sat in on the discussions, giving positive feedback on the opportunity to forge development partnerships in advancing the cause
of the youth and the less fortunate.
The council conducted a review of the terms of reference for the launch of a technical body-the OECS Social Protection Technical Committee- as a standing working group to the Ministerial Council to facilitate increased harmonization of social initiatives within member states.
Saint Lucia’s Minister for Social Transformation, and chair of the meeting, the Honourable Harold Dalsan remarked: “It is a primary responsibility of governments to make the necessary investment in, and ensure the protection of all its citizens. It is our responsibility to provide an enabling environment that facilitates a broad range of social protection actions and programmes within society to address the challenges of inequality.”
UNICEF Representative Ms. Khin-Sandi Lwin noted “as UNICEF’s primary role in partnering with the OECS Commission and with all 12 countries and territories of our multi-country programme is to help build robust institutions that will prioritize and systematically address children’s issues- we count on this institution being sustained by the member states beyond the initial start-up support that we have provided.”