Bahamas recognized for its progress on SDGs implementation
The Bahamas has been recognized for making inroads in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by introducing institutional mechanisms that focus on education, energy reform and improving infrastructure.
A statement from the Commonwealth Secretariat explains that The Bahamas, as well as Malta and Namibia, scooped up prizes related to SDGs implementation from the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence (CSSCOE) at the end of June.
“Countries were assessed by a panel of judges representing Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Pacific regions,” the statement revealed.
Malta’s Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Dr. José Herrera stressed in the statement the importance of Commonwealth countries internationally.
“The Commonwealth comprises almost one-third of the world’s population,” he said. “Sustainability is an extremely important topic and is pivotal for future generations.”
According to the statement, countries received nominations as a result of their voluntary national reviews (VNR) process, which tracks the progress made by countries in implementing the SDGs, which address 17 challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and peace and justice.
The Bahamas as a small island developing state (SIDS) has committed to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as laid out by the VNR process.