The Government of Trinidad and Tobago through the Ministry of the People and Social Development, in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO will host the 2nd UNESCO Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Forum of Ministers of Social and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean from May 21st to May 23rd 2012.
The three (3) day conference will be held under the theme ‘Promoting Equity and Social Inclusion: Pathways to Prosperity for All’ and will bring together representatives and delegates from across the region. It is anticipated that regional public authorities, policy makers, social science researchers and representatives of civil society, including International Development Agencies will converge to discuss development challenges, as well as to share knowledge and best practices that are effective in creating a stronger unified regional body.
MOST was launched in March 1994 and is a global initiative undertaken by UNESCO to promote international comparative Social Sciences research. The primary emphasis is to support large scale, long term autonomous research and to transfer relevant findings and data to decision makers.
MOST focuses primarily on improving the linkage between research and policy making, including the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of development actions and processes, the dissemination of research results, best practices and capacity building. The key expected outcomes of this forum include:
- greater cohesiveness of Regional social policy agenda for vulnerable groups and a more coordinated approach to implementation;
- development of perspectives on Regional social policies and processes that can be modified and adapted to suit different political, socio-economic and cultural contexts;
- a more inclusive society for the countries of the Region
- The enhancement of the social development networks among the Minister’s of Social and Sustainable Development in the region.
As the core social sector Ministry charged with the responsibility for coordinating the implementation of Government’s social and human development objectives, the Ministry of the People and Social Development is the coordinating body for this forum. The first MOST Regional forum was held in Jamaica in 2010.