New UN regional programme signed and launched in JamaicaJan 19, 2017
[UNDP, 19 January, 2017]: Twenty three United Nations agencies working in Jamaica, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have combined technical expertise and financial resources with other development partners in the Caribbean to officially present one joint programme of assistance to the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.
This unprecedented regional programme called the UN Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework for the Caribbean region (UN MSDF) was signed in a special ceremony on19 January by Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, representing the Government of Jamaica, and Mr. Bruno Pouezat, UN Resident Coordinator (RC) and UNDP’s Resident Representative.
The UN MSDF, which will run for the period 2017 to 2021, has a starting budgetary allocation of US$197.9 million. The Jamaica component will deliver a five year package of technical and financial assistance to the nation in the areas of Education, Health, Security and Justice, as well as Environment, Ecosystems, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Societies. Jamaica will implement the regional UN MSDF guided by annual Country Implementation Plans (CIPs).
“Jamaica particularly welcomes the fact that the UN MSDF provides a common platform for development cooperation, which is strongly rooted and linked to national priorities and our own national development plan, Vision 2030. Further, we are also pleased that the UN MSDF will be anchored in the CARICOM Strategic Plan for 2015-2019,” Senator Johnson Smith said.
In pointing out the benefits of this new regional arrangement to Jamaica, Mr. Pouezat highlighted the decreased administrative burden on the Government; a more coherent UN response to national challenges, needs, and priorities; easier access to the full range of UN expertise and resources across the region – not just nationally.
He outlined that the four main priority areas of the programme are: An inclusive, equitable and prosperous Caribbean; a Healthy Caribbean; A Safe, Cohesive and Just Caribbean; and a Sustainable and Resilient Caribbean.
“These priority areas aim to ensure that the voices, realities, and capacities of those most often on the margins of policy development and implementation – women, children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, vulnerable groups – are at the forefront of the UN’s support to our Member States so that, as mandated by the global 2030 Agenda for Development, no one is left behind.”, Mr. Pouezat said.
Jamaica’s component of the UN MSDF or the Country Implementation Plan will be assigned budgetary allocations on an annual basis and will be coordinated by a Joint National/United Nations Steering Committee established under the leadership of the Government of Jamaica and the Resident Coordinator. Existing Thematic Working Groups of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 will strengthen collaboration and results on the Jamaica programme.
Each member agency of Jamaica’s UN Country Team (UNCT) maintains its distinct identity, country programmes and public interface in line with its assigned mandate. Under the joined up approach, the UNCT Jamaica works together to ensure its core programmes are mutually reinforcing, well-coordinated and effective, while delivering through Jamaica’s Country Implementation Plan, a wider pool of development aid and technical support to match Jamaica’s development aspirations.
Gillian Scott, UNDP/UN Communications Analyst, Tel: 978 2390 – 9 Ext 2032; Mobile: 427 0766