SESSION 1 | Peace, Security and Development – A Roadmap for the Future
The COVID-19 Pandemic is not just a health issue; the implications are far reaching into the socio-economic, governance, security and development spheres – with the potential to undermine CARICOM Member States’ ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Regional organisations, along with their partners have led interventions to contain the spread of COVID-19 in CARICOM, including assisting with managing borders, performing critical testing for COVID-19, procuring vital personal protection equipment (PPE) and providing critical technical expertise. The Pandemic has heightened the awareness of the absolute need for more collaborative ways of working and partnerships. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from regional security leaders and key supporting partners on the role their organisations are playing in the fight against COVID-19, as well as the challenges that confront them. The session will also analyse the impact of the pandemic on existing peace, security and development in CARICOM. Panellists will consider various dimensions of the challenges posed to governments, regional organizations and international partners.