18 December 2019
UN System for Barbados and the OECS sign joint-programme document for implementation of 3-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative
The UN System for Barbados and the OECS has received initial endorsement for a new joint programme which will see four agencies : UNICEF, UNDP,UN women, PAHO/WHO and one associated agency, UNFPA, working to address legislative and policy gaps, while providing institutional strengthening to promote gender equality, improve services for domestic violence survivors and ultimately contribute to the elimination of all forms of family violence in Grenada.
Led by UN Resident Coordinator Didier Tribecq, the lead agencies for implementation of the three-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, officially signed on to the joint programme document at UN House, signalling their commitment to addressing gender-based and family violence in Grenada, Petit Martinique and Carriacou.
The Spotlight Initiative is being implemented in partnership with the Government of Grenada , the European Union and Civil Society , and directly supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG5 and SDG 16 which address gender equality and inclusive societies respectively.
The project is expected to commence this month, after final approval of the Cabinet of Grenada and an official launch is slated to take place in March.
Mr. Tribecq said the UN Sub-regional team will be embarking on the design phase in coming days and will be convening the four major agencies in this process. He added that a critical part of this process will be the establishment of a Programme Coordination Implementation Unit. The UN head said that he is "confident that there will be a dynamic implementation of the program" buoyed by the inter-linkages between UN as well as government agencies.
UN agencies involved in this initiative
UNICEF, UNDP,UN Women, PAHO/WHO , Pan American Health Organisation/ World Health and UNFPA