Ensuring financing so that they can meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is among the top concerns for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the man leading the regional bloc has said.
Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said the organization also wants the region to be counted as a distinct group when it comes to measuring statistical progress towards the 17 goals.
The SDGs aim to eradicate extreme poverty, promote greater equality and protect the planet.
Caribbean countries are considered Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The UN says these nations face similar challenges in achieving sustainable development, including small domestic markets, high energy costs, and little resistance to natural disasters.
Dianne Penn caught up with Mr LaRocque who is in New York for the UN General Assembly which concludes on Monday.