Organised under the auspices of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, and the Spouses of Heads of State in the Caribbean, the forum on Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean takes place in Belize City on June 25. Minister Falconer will deliver the Prime Minister’s Address to the meeting and participate in the call to action discussion on the issue.
The regional roundtable is being held within the context of the CARICOM Integrated Strategic Framework for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean and seeks to mobilise support and establish a strong network of spouses of Caribbean Heads of State to champion the cause.
The UN estimates some 7.3 million births occur annually to adolescent girls, many of them under 15 years old, with Jamaica, Belize and Guyana being regional countries where adolescent fertility rates are above the regional average. Adolescent pregnancies (among girls 10 to 19 years old) mostly occur under circumstances of social exclusion, poverty, marginalization and gender inequality, and often with detrimental consequences to the health and wellbeing of the teen mothers.
It is expected that this regional Roundtable will not only develop critical support for the CARICOM Framework but also galvanise support for a common position on the issue and activate a network of spouses of Caribbean Heads into advocacy and action for the reduction of adolescent pregnancies in the region. Minister Falconer returns on Friday, June 26, 2015.