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CANARI – a Caribbean Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Champion!

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Blog post by CANARI's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Champion, Ambassador Dessima Williams (left in photo):

In reversing United Nations findings since 2016 that the world is not on track to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, Caribbean civil society must help Caribbean SDG achievement that can contribute to global SDG achievement. 

Across the Caribbean, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) leads by organising civil society groups and organisations around local governance, a key aspect of the SDGs. With 30 years of experience, CANARI is a knowledge hub, facilitator, funder and leading regional proponent to more than 30 Caribbean organisations. In this way, Caribbean CSOs will strengthen and scale up SDG attainments.

CANARI has launched the SDGs Catalysts Network under the CSOs for Good Governance (CSOs4GoodGov) project, funded by the European Union (2017-2020). This CANARI-SDG partnership can be engaged in more public education, capacity building, policy critique and, importantly, supporting actual transformational programmes, projects and agendas among local communities. Since the SDGs cannot be divorced from the Nationally Determined Contributions of the Paris Agreement on climate change, together they achieve SDG transformation.

Well-positioned to intensify SDG outcomes within civil society and so facilitating government efforts on the ground and reporting, CANARI is a Caribbean SDG Champion helping the region and the world meet the SDGs of the UN’s Agenda 2030!



Ambassador Dessima Williams was appointed CANARI's SDGs Champion in 2019. In this role, she works alongside CANARI to raise awareness and add greater visibility to actions by Caribbean civil society in helping to achieve the SDGs; and provide strategic guidance as CANARI and its partners continue to engage in SDGs processes nationally, regionally and globally.

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