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Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Fatoumata Ndiaye signing UNICEF-CDB Agreement in Barbados. 14 July 2017

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director signs new CDB-UN agreement

Barbados, 17 July 2017 - UNICEF has joined other UN agencies and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in signing an agreement which is aimed at pushing the region’s development agenda in an era of shrinking financial resources.

Ms. Fatoumata Ndiaye, Deputy Executive Director (Management) journeyed to CDB’s Barbados headquarters to sign the historic agreement on UNICEF’s behalf. Other agencies which are part of the agreement with the CDB are UN Women, UNFPA, who all signed on Friday 14, 2017 and UNDP, who signed in a separate event. The CDB is a regional financial institution established in 1970 for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the Caribbean region.

The partnership, which is expected to support the Caribbean’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, will see the agencies taking a collaborative approach, combining technical expertise and lessons learned over their many years of development work in the region.

Under the agreement, CDB will be able to draw on technical expertise from the agencies in the execution of specific projects which the Bank is funding, so that the most effective outcomes for the Bank’s 19 borrowing member countries, which are mostly middle income Small Island Developing States, are achieved.

“The signing of these agreements underscores the value of partnerships in helping Caribbean countries achieve their goals and targets under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We welcome this strengthened cooperation between CDB, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women and look forward to working together towards the ultimate goal of no poverty,” said Monica La Bennett, acting Vice-President (Operations) at CDB.

Ms. Ndiaye noted that the agreement, which draws on CDB’s strong outreach and convening powers, will further build on the strong partnership which has long existed between UNICEF and CDB in the Caribbean. 

“The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean team has long been emphasizing the importance of the relationship and strong partnership with the CDB.  We at headquarters equally recognize that importance. We will go from strength to strength to build an even more beautiful partnership for the children and young people of the Caribbean,” she added.

While in the region, Ms. Ndiaye also had an opportunity to interact with partners in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, two of the 12 countries covered by the Eastern Caribbean multi-country programme. 

The Deputy Executive Director also took time to interact with the UNICEF Eastern Caribbean staff during which she was briefed on the UNICEF Multi-Country Programme (2017-2021) and the complexities of programming in SIDS.

 

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