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  • World Bank International Conference on Legislative Oversight to Foster Accountability, Transparency and Sustainable Development Jun 4, 2015

    I am happy to have the opportunity to join you at this conference as you bring your discussions to a close. I am sure that over the last three days, you have discussed strategies and shared good practices with each other to strengthen the legislative oversight function of parliaments and foster accountability and transparency to achieve inclusive, sustainable and peaceful human development.


    A very good morning to all of you. I am delighted to be here with you at this important consultation on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Tobacco use alone costs the world 1-2% of its GDP each year. It is of key concern to SIDS. In the Caribbean, tobacco accounts for 10% of all deaths; in Kiribati, two out of every three adult males use tobacco daily. In fact, it is not surprising that UN Member States have taken the message to heart and have committed to accelerate implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The Framework Convention underscores that the globalization of tobacco related epidemics is a result of many factors, including transnational tobacco advertising and promotion.

  • UNDP Praises Youth Engagement Around Climate Change in Jamaica May 8, 2015

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was one of the sponsors of a logo competition for the selection of a logo for the Climate Change Division of Jamaica’s Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change. The logo was selected from designs created by young people from across the island.

  • UN Supports Song, Video for Campaign to End Sex with the Girl Child May 2, 2015

    The United Nations-supported launch of the Nuh Guh Deh song and video took place on 2 May 2015. The launch marked a step forward in the Nuh Guh Deh campaign organised by NGO Eve for Life, and took place at Emancipation Park in Kingston. Nuh Guh Deh – which translated from Jamaican patois means Don’t Go There – is a campaign to end sexual abuse of the girl child in Jamaica.

  • US Ambassador Visits UNDP Country Office May 1, 2015

    The United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Mr. Luis G. Moreno paid a courtesy call on the UNDP Country Office. The Ambassador met with a UNDP team comprising Dr. Arun Kashyap, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative; Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, Deputy Resident Representative; Mr. Richard Kelly, Programme Specialist-Policy Advisory Services; and Ms. Rachel Morrison, Project Manager.

  • Jamaica Shares its Experience on UN Habitat Slum Upgrading Project with Caribbean Neighbour Apr 30, 2015

    UN Habitat’s Participatory Slum Upgrading Project (PSUP) in Jamaica recently hosted a Learning and Exchange Mission with St Vincent and the Grenadines, as that country prepares to embark on phase one of its PSUP activities in May 2015.

  • All In - End Adolescent AIDS launch! Apr 27, 2015

    A very Good morning to all of you. On behalf of the United Nations in Jamaica, let me add my welcome to all of you for joining us today to support the launch of a strategy to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents in Jamaica. Jamaica, as we know is a priority country in the Caribbean to end the AIDS epidemic.

  • Jamaican Students Discuss SIDS and Human Rights at UN Model Assembly Mar 19, 2015

    Munro College emerged as the winning school at Jamaica’s UN Model Assembly for students, held on Thursday, March 19 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.. Eleven schools from across the island presented. Munro College, representing the United Kingdom was judged to have made the best presentation and Vere Technical High School, representing Costa Rica, placed second

  • United Nations: ‘Bring Paedophiles and Enablers to Book!’ Mar 18, 2015

    The United Nations (UN) in Jamaica is urging the nation to take a zero tolerance approach to the crisis of paedophiles preying on children

  • Dr Elsie Laurence-Chounoune : A Post-COP 20 Climate Change National Consultation Mar 11, 2015

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