Expert Group Meeting Institutionalizing Sustainable Development Indicators for Measuring Progress of National Strategies
17 Sep 2009 - 19 Sep 2009
Bridgetown, Barbados
Ministry of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Government of Barbados & Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development
Expert Group Meeting


Effective monitoring has been identified as a major challenge for ensuring successful implementation of national sustainable development strategies (NSDS).

Many countries use indicators of sustainable development to monitor progress in achieving the goals of their NSDS. In addition to the question of identifying suitable indicators, a main challenge is to find appropriate institutional arrangements to ensure that indicators are reported on effectively and within the agreed timeframes and agreed periodicity.

The expert group meeting, co-organized by the United Nations Department for Economic Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage of the Government of Barbados, will bring together experts from various countries and organizations in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Aim

The meeting aims to share experiences on three related topics.

1. The first is the selection of appropriate indicators for measuring progress of strategy implementation.

2. The second topic concerns the integration of indicators related to major sustainable development cross-cutting issues and processes into the overall strategy monitoring framework, such as to harness thematic linkages and to increase the coherence and efficiency of reporting processes.

3. Thirdly, participants will share views on choosing institutional arrangements for monitoring systems and on ways to ensure their effective and continuing implementation.
Statements & Presentations

Number of statements/presentations: 16

Presentations
Mr. Charles Brown
Director of Sustainable Development, Government of Bermuda
Mr. Derrick Gibbs
Senior Economist, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Empowerment, Innovation, Trade, Industry and Commerce, Government of Barbados
Mr. Hopeton Peterson
Manager, Planning Institute of Jamaica
Mr. Hopeton Peterson
Manager, Planning Institute of Jamaica
Mr. Keneti Faulalo
Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations/DESA
Mr. Mark Griffith
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Mr. Matthias Bruckner
Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations/DESA
Mr. Matthias Bruckner
Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations/DESA
Mr. Matthias Bruckner
Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations/DESA
Mr. Sean Cenac
Senior Development Planner, Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Public Administration, Government of Antigua and Barbuda
Mrs. Angela Hunte
Director, Barbados Statistical Service
Ms. Amrikha D. Singh
Environmental Officer, Ministry of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Government of Barbados
Ms. Decima Corea
Deputy Director, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Ms. Vidiah Ramkhelawan
Director, Ministry of Planning, Housing & the Environment, Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Ms. Vidiah Ramkhelawan
Ministry of Planning, Housing & the Environment, Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Prof. Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta
Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
United Nations