Case Study: Enhanced support to Small Island Developing States | The UN Resident Coordinator system in support of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
11 May 2023
For Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the confluence of small size, remote locations, exposure to climate-related hazards and external shocks, undiversified economies and high debt burdens leads to extreme levels of vulnerability and the need for concerted and joint efforts to sustain development gains.
This case study explores how the strengthened support provided to the 10 countries covered by the Multi-country Office (MCO) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean helped advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reduce risks and increase resilience, while helping leverage financing for development. In addition, the increased attention from an independent UN Resident Coordinator (RC) and new dedicated coordination capacities in each country proved instrumental in ensuring a swift UN response in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.