accountability should be adhered to by citizens at all levels of society

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accountability should be adhered to by citizens at all levels of society. SELFLESSNESS The public interest is paramount and all efforts must be made to meet the needs of citizens, above all else, in the delivery of goods and services. We must become the change that we desire to see in the society and, in so doing, contribute to a more caring society. LEADERSHIP The importance of strong and principled leader- ship at all levels of society, working together to solve the country’s problems and effect change, must be emphasised. Our current realities require astute and effective leadership that is both engag- ing and inspirational to move the country beyond the status quo. The national leadership is chal- lenged to influence citizens to do things differently, to do more, and to move beyond their comfort zones in order to build a more sustainable and prosperous country. RESPECT The principle of respect ensures due consider- ation for others and is critical for building effective business, professional and nation-to-nation rela- tionships. It redounds to our benefit to treat others with courtesy and dignity so as to promote sus- tainable relationships. Trinidad and Tobago must function as a nation which continues to respect the sovereign rights of other countries and one in which citizens show greater respect for the envi- ronment, each other’s privacy, space, property, religion, ethnicity and differences of opinions. PATRIOTISM Our people must exhibit deep and unwavering love and support of our country. Beyond mere loyalty to a location or a peer group, patriotism must involve acts such as volunteerism to aid the vulnerable and underprivileged, caring for the sick and elderly, providing guidance to our youth in resource challenged environments and acting in the interest of the country at all times. Moreover, it involves giving up something we value towards a higher purpose when we choose to put com- munity and nation above self. It is also a special feeling that causes our heart to swells with pride at the sight of the national flag and the singing of the anthem. It is also loyalty to a set of national ideals for which anyone can sacrifice, or defend. These are attributes that cannot be forced or leg- islated but must reside in the hearts of our peo- ple, entrenched in the spirit of our culture, and nurtured in the minds of our children from birth and reinforced throughout our daily lives. It is this loyalty and deep all-encompassing love for coun- try that will allow our multi-ethnic, multi-religious society to come together so as to achieve our vision for a better Trinidad and Tobago. 55-56 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
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The draft national goals emanating from the Development Themes have been situated within the context of the SDGs. The SDGs are comprehensive in scope, calling for improve- ments in many areas that impact the quality of life of people around the world. Given Trin-
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