UNDP Praises Youth Engagement Around Climate Change in Jamaica

May 8, 2015

Minister Robert Pickersgill and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune unveil the winning logo for Jamaica's Climate Change Division

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.

The awards ceremony for the competition was held in Kingston on 8 May 2015 and the winning entry was unveiled by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill and UNDP Deputy Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune.

UNDP presented prizes of a 1000 gallon water tank for rainwater harvesting to the school with the most entries and book vouchers to the first, second and third place winners, as well as to entrants whose work was adjudged to be outstanding.
Dihanroy Mitchell of Green Pond High School in Montego Bay submitted the winning entry. Sheena McLean from Northern Caribbean University secured second place in the competition while Jermaine Levene of Meadowbrook High School in St Andrew placed third.

In bringing greetings at the awards ceremony, Dr. Laurence-Chounoune congratulated the young people who participated in the competition. She said that in her opinion, they were all winners because they had chosen to apply their talent and creativity to addressing the issue of climate change.

“Because of the potential impact of climate change on the lives of our young people, we must allow their voices to be included in the ongoing discourse. The young people who chose to participate in this competition are a clear indication that increasingly, our children and youth are interested in engaging in the dialogue and debates that will shape their future,” Dr. Laurence-Chounoune stated.

She said the competition engaged the youth in Government’s ongoing efforts to address the challenges of climate change in a practical way and made them a part of the solution.

Keynote speaker at the event, Minister Pickersgill, encouraged Jamaica’s young people to become more informed and involved in educating the public about climate change adaptation.

UNDP in Jamaica was instrumental in the establishment of the Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change. UNDP continues to support the Division in its current work towards preparing Jamaica’s Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

Click here to view the Jamaica Observer’s coverage of the event. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A--Green--logo_18924040

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