The United Nations serves the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean from offices that represent the Organisation’s Secretariat, Specialized Agencies, programmes, funds and other entities, and that operate at the regional, sub-regional and country levels. Their work is coordinated through a network of six hubs based in Belize, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The four Country and two Multi-Country Teams in this network collaborate to implement the UN’s regional business plan known as the UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UN MSDCF).
The MSDCF delivers direct access to UN technical expertise and to the resources and partnerships that can move Caribbean development efforts forward. This Framework is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the SAMOA Pathway, and the International Human Rights framework; and its strategy is built around the sub-region’s Priority Areas and individual countries’ own development goals. The impact of the MSDCF is continuously monitored and assessed by a UN Regional Steering Committee and performance reports are regularly submitted to Caribbean Governments.
Aside from their regional development coordination, the United Nations Teams in the Caribbean also deliver direct country support. Learn more about this work by selecting from the countries and territories listed above.
For the past 60 years, the United Nations in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean has provided strategic support and worked in close collaboration with Governments and other development partners to improve the lives and well-being of the people in the Caribbean region.
Relying on its comparative advantages, the UN funds, programmes and agencies bring expertise and work with communities on a wide range of development issues faced by the region such as good governance, food security, poverty reduction, communicable and non-communicable diseases, climate change, environmental protection, gender equality and equity, and economic growth.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UN MSDCF) guides the work of the United Nations System in the Caribbean as it assists Governments achieve regional and national development priorities, and meet internationally agreed commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).