Voluntary National Review (VNR) - Belize 2017

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Title: "Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World"

The review process focuses on four of the six goals to be discussed at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2017, namely:

  • SDG #1 - NO POVERTY. Though there are challenging economic circumstances, Belize has been able to implement innovative programs to reduce poverty in Belize, such as the program BOOST.
  • SDG #3- GOOD HEALTH. There have been improvements in the delivery of health care and related services since the 2013 MDG Report such as Baby Friendly Hospitals, Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate Up to 6 months of Age increasing from 1 0% to 33%, growth in vaccination coverage and successful and effective implementation of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI). There is a need though for the setting of targets and improvement in the technical expertise available to the national health care system.
  • SDG #5- GENDER EQUALITY. There is a strong legal framework for the achievement of the targets for this SDG, for example, the Revised National Gender Policy (May 2017). However, much work still needs to be done to integrate women into political and business leadership positions.
  • SDG #14- LIFE UNDER WATER. Life under Water: Sustainable fisheries management is within the country's reach. Belizean territorial seas have been divided into 9 fishing areas or managed access zones. The SDG target for the conservation of coastal and marine areas by 2020, is 10% to date, and Belize has 21% under protection with a 3% of no-take zone.
Front-Page VNR Belize 2017
Government of Belize