The Dominican Republic has been taking firm steps since 2021 to move towards the construction of a National Care Policy. The "DR Care Communities" project is dedicated to promoting comprehensive solutions to the care needs of the Dominican Republic and is led by the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women (UN WOMEN), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with the financial support of the Joint SDG Fund.
In this context, the progress and challenges of the project were presented to the donor agencies and countries of the Joint SDG Fund. The presentation was led by Mrs. Olaya Dotel, Vice Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPyD); Ms. Nisaly Brito, director of comprehensive women's rights at the Ministry of Women; Mr. Mauricio Ramírez, United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Dominican Republic, and Lisa Kurbiel, Head of the Secretariat of the Joint SDG Fund.
Likewise, the event was attended by staff from the agencies of the United Nations System and the Joint SDG Fund, representatives of donor countries and multilateral organizations (European Union, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands), as well as the cooperation agencies of said countries.
This space allowed the participants to discuss and reflect on different opportunities for collaboration and support for the National Care Policy, consolidating and strengthening the commitment of all parties to this policy to contribute to its success towards sustainability.
About the Joint Fund for the Sustainable Development Goals
The Joint SDG Fund is a pooled, inter-institutional mechanism for integrated policy support and strategic financing. The fund aims to be an innovative financing instrument, acting as a catalyst for other resources and serving as a bridge with those who adopt measures and policies to deliver substantive and efficient results in the 2030 Agenda. The role of the Joint SDG Fundis to incite a change in the way development is "done", focusing on policies, investments, financing and alliances that incorporate new ways of thinking.
Thus, the Joint SDG Fund, through its window for Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS), decided to contribute to the construction of the National Care Policy through the “DR Care Communities” project, which is implemented by the United Nations Development System together with the Government. The project is technically led by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and has the participation of UN Women, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Originally published by the UN in the Dominican Republic.
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