The 17 Goals and 169 Targets of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development were premised on a commitment by member states to ‘leave no one behind’ with a strong focus on the physical, economic, and social well-being of all people, the protection and preservation of the natural environment, adapting to climate change and advancing sustainable prosperity and equality. Dominica is pleased to participate for the first time in the annual assessment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). My Ministry serves as focal point for the coordination of the implementation of the SDGs and to this end, continues to foster partnerships and collaborative arrangements with multiple stakeholders from the private sector, the public sector, civil society, the Kalinago and development partners, who all are playing an integral part in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. Current assessments measuring progress on achieving the SDGs have revealed the substantial progress is being made in Dominica across several developmental areas such as: social protection; agricultural production, energy diversification and food security; health and wellness, including significant improvements in health infrastructure and services; education and the digitalization of our economy; protection of ecosystems and the natural environment; climate change adaptation and ‘climate proofing’ of our social and economic sectors; strengthening of justice systems and institutions; and, fostering of strategic partnerships for the Goals. The role of the government in mainstreaming and localizing the Sustainable Development Goals has been realized by integration and alignment of the SDGs with the National Resilience Development Strategy (NRDS) 2018 -2030, the Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan (CRRP) 2020 - 2030, the Disaster Risk Finance Strategy 2022 – 2030 and the Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development Strategy (LCCRDS) 2012. These documents collectively provide the road map through which Dominica is implementing the SDGs. The current assessment contained in the Dominica Voluntary National Review, places the focus on sustainable development in a COVID-19 recovery environment and is structured around the 5 P's:
People – putting people first and at the center of our development
Prosperity – Building forward stronger and equal for sustainable growth and community development
Planet – Advancing our blue and green economies towards sustainable adaptation
Peace – Fostering a peaceful, just and safe Dominica
Partnerships – Implementing the Agenda through sustainable and inclusive partnerships
With over 30 social protection programmes, increased focus on environmental protection and use renewable energy resources, strides made in agriculture, in developing resilient housing, in trade, in sustainable tourism, in education, in the digital economy and climate resilience mitigation and adaptation measures, I am indeed elated to present this scorecard of our performance on the Sustainable Development Goals for the first time. I firmly believe that this report will not only provide all stakeholders with greater insight and information on Dominica’s performance, but it will inform policy actions towards realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.