THE LILIENDAAL STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON FORWARD TOGETHER
The Civil Society Forward Together Conference, a historic consultation between the
representatives of Civil Society in the 15 Member States of the Caribbean Community and the
Heads of Government held at the Ocean View Hotel, Liliendaal, Guyana on 2-3 July 2002:
Due to the events of September 11, 2001, the Task Force was only able to commence its work in
November, 2001. Five meetings were held between November last year and May this year. The
work programme of the Task Force was facilitated by six sub-committees that followed up on
specific issue areas via e-mail, teleconferencing and regular meetings of the Task Force.
RECOGNISED the increased challenges to the Caribbean Community, posed by globalisation
and the resulting complex economic, trade, environmental, social and legal issues.
DEEPLY CONCERNED about social conditions prevailing in the Community with regard to
increasing transnational crime linked to trafficking in illicit arms and drugs; money laundering; the
widening negative impact of terrorism; the migration of scarce skills; racism; ethnic insecurity, the
high incidence of male dropouts; increased violence against women and children; persistent and
increasing poverty, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic eroding the Region's human capital.
ALSO RECOGNISED that the objective of achieving the Caribbean Single Market and Economy
(CSME) is not only a response to globalisation, including the impending Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA), but is of the greatest value for a more coordinated system to enhance the
Region's competitiveness, given our historical realities.
ACKNOWLEDGED that Civil Society has a vital role to play in the development of regional,
political and social policies, the development of those programmes and frameworks currently in
existence, their modification, where necessary, and the creation of new areas as required.
CONSIDERED that the establishment of mechanisms for continuous dialogue between the
Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community and Civil Society is an
essential way to complement relevant programmes to ensure social reconstruction,
cohesiveness, peace, poverty reduction, and equity that would enhance regional integration and
make the Community more economically viable.
AFFIRMED in this context, the importance of programmes with regard to youth, labour, the
elderly, people with disabilities, women, men and gender relations; sport, labour, education and
training, health and access to technology; and programmes aimed at promoting respect for the
rights and aspirations of our indigenous peoples.
AGREED on several broad principles for strengthening the relationships between the Caribbean
Heads of Governments and national governments and the Civil Society as follows to -
Institutionalise the Forward Together process in the form of more regular engagements
between the Civil Society and the Heads of Government, a triennial engagement as
Emphasize the need for more constructive participation of Civil Society representatives in
appropriate decisions making Organs of the Community such as the Council for Trade
and Economic Development (COTED), the Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP),
the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), etc.;
Establish a Task Force, comprising a small representative group of the Civil Society,
coordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat, to develop a comprehensive regional strategic
framework for carrying forward the main recommendations of Forward Together
Conference and report to the Conference of Heads of Government at its next Inter-
Sessional Meeting in 2003.
The work of the Task Force should be guided by the recommendations of the three
Working Groups at the Forward Together Conference -
Human Resource Development with Equity, including issues in relation to Gender, Youth
and Persons with Disabilities, Migration and the Diaspora;
Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) Capital Investment and requirements
for competitiveness; and
* Governance and Participation