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Speeches

  • Remarks at STATIN NSDS Workshop Jul 18, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomes the launch of this National Strategy for the Development Statistics (NSDS) Workshop, which we view as a timely exercise to help ensure that the national statistical system in Jamaica is adequately equipped to monitor the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • Remarks, Opening Ceremony, Caribbean Action 2030 conference Jun 28, 2017

    In late 2030, in just 13 years’ time, 193 nations including all of the Caribbean will be called on to submit their final reports on their progress in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that make up the global Agenda 2030.

  • Remarks by UNDP RR at UN Road Safety Week Launch 2017 May 10, 2017

    The tragedy on our roads burdens the health system, the infrastructure and the economy. Here in Jamaica, a report from the Ministry of Health recently outlined the massive burden on surgical capacities caused by road-related injuries. In medical costs and lost productivity, road fatalities and injuries can cost a country up to 5% of its gross domestic product. Global losses reach $500 billion dollars.

  • STATEMENT on Jamaica's ratification of the Paris Agreement by UNDP Jamaica Resident Representative A.I. Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune Apr 11, 2017

    UNDP stands ready to support Jamaica on its quest to adhere to the provisions of the Paris Agreement through assistance in mobilizing financial and technical resources including policy advice, strategic planning, capacity development and knowledge management.

  • Remarks: UNDP Resident Representative at 2016 Human Development Report Launch Mar 21, 2017

    Many rural communities throughout Jamaica have vibrant, innovative and determined people. We picked Clarendon as an illustration that many rural communities can showcase to the world how they confront development challenges and setbacks with innovation and collaboration.

  • Remarks to NPAS End of Project Forum Mar 7, 2017

    UNDP recognizes that partnerships are essential for addressing many of the development challenges locally and globally. And as such heartily congratulates NEPA and the other agencies such as the Forestry Department, Fisheries Division and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust for successfully completing the project.

  • JCCCP Board Meeting Feb 2 2017 Feb 2, 2017

    UNDP Jamaica is indeed pleased to play its part in implementing the Jamaica leg of the JCCCP Partnership Project. We join the Government of Jamaica and all JCCCP participating countries in extending gratitude to the Government of Japan for its foresight in financing this project at a time when our countries are in greatest need of this type of support for our sustainability

  • Secretary General, António Guterres appeals for Peace Jan 1, 2017

    On this New Year’s Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year’s resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first. Let us make 2017 a year in which we all – citizens, governments, leaders – strive to overcome our differences.

  • Remarks to International Anti-Corruption Day Celebrations 2016: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune Dec 2, 2016

    Young people ... I urge you, do not just do what is right, but fight for what is right. Learn what constitutes ethical behaviour, how to recognize corruption, how to personally live a model life and how to engage with others to fight corruption. Demand your right to education; then as a powerful unit ... make it known that you expect corruption free societies so that you can enjoy a brighter future.

  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project Launch, Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative Bruno Pouezat Nov 30, 2016

    This US$ 12 million project will introduce renewable energy and boost energy efficiency in Jamaica's health sector. In the process, the project’s partnership platform will reduce duplication of effort among Jamaica’s international development partners and Government agencies, build efficiencies in project delivery and increase the pool of resources available for implementation.