Intergovernmental Support in the Caribbean

UN Women supports inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms. UN Women as part of our mandate supports Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society. The UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) – Caribbean located in Barbados, supports the CARICOM member states, as well as the overseas territories of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

UN Women supports governments and non-governmental organisations in ensuring the voice of the Caribbean is heard in the global and regional governing processes, including reporting to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), engagement in the Commission on the Status of Women, and ensuring that the Caribbean priorities and concerns are reflected in all global dialogues particularly concerning Small Island Development States.

In support of localising the SDGs which were adopted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly, UN Women continues to work with CARICOM Secretariat and Member States to deepen the tools to monitor the implementation of the SDGs from a gender equality perspective; and to support decision-makers in advocating for the achievement of gender-responsive SDGs.

To this end, political leaders met in June 2015 and agreed six strategic action areas identified as critical for the Caribbean to achieve substantive gender equality and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. These priorities set to inform next steps around the localisation of the SDGs in the Caribbean were identified at a regional meeting of Ministers responsible for Gender Affairs, Parliamentarians and stakeholders, hosted by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in partnership with UN Women and UNFPA. - See more at