The UN MSDF supports the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the SAMOA Pathway and other international development aspirations, and the national development plans of the individual countries in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean. It is also intended to support the promotion of all the international human rights that have been ratified in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean.
The Framework is the successor to the six (6) current United Nations Development Frameworks (UNDAFs) across Barbados & the OECS, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Following initial consultations with governments regarding the feasibility of a multi-country approach, the UN system met in Barbados in May 2015 to agree on a timeline for development of the UN MSDF. A Regional Steering Committee, composed of five (5) UN Resident Coordinators, was created to pilot the process.