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05/09/2022

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Kate Hannon

South Asia Group Questions:


Historically, many Caribbean countries have not been given the same opportunities to participate in global governance compared to more highly developed countries. How important is it to include developing nations in global governance? What are the impacts of not including these countries?

How do the high levels of diversity in the Caribbean impact the way we think about development in the region? Does this facilitate or impede the region’s ability to work collaboratively to improve sustainability in the Caribbean?

What were the most important impacts of the Millennium Development Goals in the Caribbean? Where did the MDGs fail to meet the needs of the region? How have these successes and failures impacted the effectiveness of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean?

It's very interesting to me to see how trade has such enormous effects on the economies of different countries, and, in turn, can lead to environmental issues. China has an extremely strong demand for pork, and the pigs that they are raising need soybeans for food. As a result, Brazil in particular exports tons of soy to China, and this is causing high levels of deforestation in the country. LAC countries' economies clearly rely on exports like these. What could be done to combat the deforestation and environmental degradation that is taking place without hurting the export-oriented economies.

South Asia has severe levels of water scarcity, and, as a result, conflict has arisen within and between nations in the region. What role does the water stress in Latin America and the Caribbean play in tensions/conflict between and within nations? Has LAC seen increasing trends of migration because of this?

Given that overuse and exploitation of natural resources in the Caribbean predominantly stems from Western colonization, is there a moral imperative for these nations to contribute resources and money to help the Caribbean reach the SDG’s?

Given that Caribbean nations are at particular risk to the rise in natural disasters that result from climate change, how should these nations balance allocating resources towards new physical capital versus reinforcing existing structures?

Carolyn Todd

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Questions:

One of the main problems Caribbean countries face is the global structure of the economy and power dynamics. Is this a problem Caribbean countries can combat, or must it start from social/political movements within the world's strongest countries?

The Unreasonable Promises article mentioned the struggles of lack of sustainable planning from the government. I read another article that said only 6 of the 33 countries dedicated more than 0.1% of their GDP to recovery spending, with 7.4 billion of the spending going to unsustainable sectors. How can the Caribbean progress sustainably without government backing and commitment?

Do you agree that the SDGs are westernized? If so how can the SDGs be reworded or restructured to meet the needs of the Caribbean while also making sure that the world progresses in a necessary fashion?

How has sustainable tourism contributed to progress in the Caribbean? On the other hand, has the Caribbean suffered sustainability due to the large number of tourists that frequent the land and are unaware of the surroundings and best land practices?

Do you believe that the Caribbean should work to preserve the natural resources they have or build infrastructure to prevent possible harm that will come with rising ocean levels?

Usually larger countries are blamed for hurting places like the Caribbean where sea levels rise and the countries suffer from marine pollution. Is the Caribbean government relying primarily on their own efforts to progress with the SDGs, or are they expecting help from outside countries?

Cameron Reed

Although water reallocation is necessary for the region overall, how can government enforcement be ensured given that some Latin American and Caribbean countries are known for corrupt government practices. In that same vein, could there be any incentives given to these governments that could help the adoption of enforcement?

How do you balance the importance of green water while stile maintaining the forest lands and rich biodiversity of LAC. Is there a way to extract the water without hurting the land?

Does the region’s rich history of social movements and social activism help toward the efforts of promoting the SDG’s?

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