In April 2020, the United Nations Secretary General launched an operational framework to develop and implement a socio-economic response plan on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. UN Country teams in 162 countries and territories will activate the recovery plan over the next 12-18 months.
The UN’s global framework sets out a strategy for urgent socio-economic response based on five pillars:
• Protecting health services and systems;
• Social protection and basic services;
• Protecting jobs and small and medium sized enterprises, and the most vulnerable productive actors;
• Macroeconomic response and multilateral collaboration; and • Social cohesion and community resilience.
The following Socioeconomic Assessment is a joint product of the Trinidad and Tobago UN Country Team as it aims to support the country’s efforts to build back better from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The report before you is a rapid assessment based on the UN Secretary General’s five pillars for socioeconomic recovery. It is based on the discussions held between UN agencies and their technical counterparts in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. It has been undertaken in fluid and challenging circumstances as the impact of the pandemic becomes clearer. The assessment serves as a key component of a fundraising drive that aims to ensure that the UN plays its part in supporting the authorities of Trinidad and Tobago in its recovery efforts. While the assessment report looks at all five pillars identified by the UN Secretary General, the UN Response Framework does not include a Macroeconomic Response as this is an area that falls outside of the remit of existing approved UN-Government programming framework. It is complementary with the national Roadmap to Recovery plan as well as being fully aligned to the existing United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework in the Caribbean (2017-2021)