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These issues include climate change, the use of renewable resources and water, food and energy security. 39-40 V I S I O N 2 0 3 0 N AT I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T S T R AT E GY 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 3 0 Envisioning the Future IMAGINE A TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO where all citizens enjoy a high standard of living and have equal opportunity for self- actualisation; where corruption is minimal or non-existent and service standards are high; where people dispose of garbage in an environmentally respon- sible manner, simply because they see the value of nature and natural resources. Imagine further, a future Trinidad and Tobago where citizens possess positive values, attitudes and behaviours such as respect for life, productivity and patriotism. These are just some of the advance- ments that are envisioned under Vision 2030 and they represent some of what is meant by “developed country status” . These elements of the future desired for our country did not come solely from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. These came pri- marily from you, the citizens, who, during 2007, contributed to defining what first world status meant and which was subsequently presented as the National Vision of the Vision 2020 Plan. That vision statement was formulated after much dialogue and numerous public consulta- tions involving civil society, technical experts within the private and public sector, academia and citizens. Consequently, Vision 2020 was considered all-encompassing and unifying and much of what was scripted then still represent the aspirations of both government leaders and citizens today. While Vision 2020 has retained its validity, the new Vision to 2030 needed to reflect current realities and future scenarios, many of which were presented in the previous chapter. In defining our future, we must build on our strengths, exploit the opportunities and address the chal- lenges which our country faces. Thus, the new Vision 2030 Statement, presented below, builds upon what was previously voiced and also reflects current issues which have gained traction. These issues include climate change, the use of renewable resources and water, food and energy security. This new unifying vision for our country embraces all citizens so that we could move forward together towards one common ideal and build our nation together. This Chapter highlights the new Vision to 2030 and shares the national goals that emanate from this Vision. As mentioned, these goals take into consideration and incorporate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals) and also the 2015 Paris Agreement (Climate Change), the SAMOA Pathway (SIDS) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Financing for Development) outcome documents. In making the National Vision a reality and recognising the need to improve the way we behave as citizens and operate as agencies, key guiding principles are also presented. These principles form the ethical framework to which we must subscribe if we are to advance as a nation.
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