Voluntary National Review (VNR) - Barbados 2023

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This Voluntary National Review (VNR) reports on all seventeen (17) of the SDGs, highlighting where Barbados has made significant progress but also identifying areas in need of acceleration.

Key Progress and Programmes are highlighted for each of the following SDGs:

  1. Approximately 55.3% of the population was covered by at least 1 social protection benefit in 2021.
  2. Barbados is committed to decreasing food imports by 25% by 2025.
  3. In 2020, the current life expectancy was 80 years for females and 79 years for males.
  4. Barbados achieved a literacy rate of 99.9% and a gross enrolment rate of 98.33 % and 105.48% in primary and secondary education respectively, in 2021.
  5. In 2020, 20% of seats were held by women in Parliament. In addition, the female share of employment in senior and middle management positions was 48% in 2019. 
  6. As of 2020, 99% of the population has received access to safely managed drinking water services.
  7. In 2020, 100% of the population had access to electricity and access to clean fuels for cooking.
  8. In 2021 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita was Barbados Dollars (BDS) 34,452 and unemployment stood at 8.4% in 2022.
  9. In 2021, 81.8% of the population had access to the internet and 122% mobile cellular penetration was reported.
  10. The human capital index was 0.79, ranking Barbados at number 70 in the world.
  11. Key programme: Physical Development Plan (PDP) 2021 to enhance inclusive and sustained urbanization.
  12. The government is facilitating the implementation of policies to assist with the adjustment of consumption patterns through updated legislative acts.
  13. The Barbados 2021 Update of the First Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) outlines the Government of Barbados’ updated plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030.
  14. In 2022, approximately 6,000 persons were employed in the fisheries sector and in 2019, fisheries contributed 0.15% to GDP.
  15. Barbados has incorporated integrated ecosystem and biodiversity values in the national policy framework through the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2020.
  16. In 2021, the Homicide rate was 16.72 per 100,000 people. Additionally, in 2021, Barbados received a grade of 65 on the corruption perception index.
  17. Through the Bridgetown Initiative (BI), Barbados has proposed a revolutionary climate finance model which aims to overcome some of the main shortcomings of mobilizing climate finance.
VNR Barbados 2023
Prime Minister’s Office - Government of Barbados