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February 19, 2013
The Closing Ceremony for the third and final cohort in the Energy Conservation and Efficiency Training Programme took place on November 19, 2012 at the PCJ Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica. This training programme was designed to equip participants with skills in public sector energy efficiency and conservation, which has been celebrated in the International Year of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL).
Dr. Margaret Jones Williams, Environment and Energy Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme, gave an overview of the three main outputs for the project, which were: Capacity Development in Public Sector, Technical Assistance for Small Scale Renewable Energy and Establishment of a Public Private Dialogue Forum. She mentioned that the first output was just about completed, and included printing of training manuals and delivery of three training programmes in Montego Bay, Mandeville and now in Kingston. Dr. Jones Williams encouraged the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) to seek creative means of ensuring that information was shared.
Dr. Jones Williams assured that UNDP would support the communication and awareness of the project in the following ways: 1. Uploading information to the CO Website; 2. Sharing information at the regional level with the UNDP Regional Service Centre in Panama; 3. Sharing with Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) at UNDP Headquarters; and 4. Sharing with colleagues in the SE4ALL global network.
In this way, the good work by MSTEM and Jamaica is shared, and can be considered as best practice for the colleagues overseas to consider and to foster in advancing the international agenda of South-South Cooperation.
This training cohort had 39 participants, and in all three cohorts, a total of 86 persons participated from 43 Government Ministries and agencies. Dr. Jones Williams noted that Ms. Elizabeth Emmanuel, the training facilitator, recommended the institutionalization of this course, and the inclusion of the private sector and the creation of Energy Ambassadors within the public sector.
By the end of the training, the participants were supposed to understand, among other things, the importance of energy conservation to Jamaica’s national development, and the impact that energy conservation and efficiency have on the performance of Government Ministries and agencies. The training also focused on preparing an energy conservation plan in order to evaluate the Ministries and agencies to appreciate the importance of energy conservation to Jamaica’s national development. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the Centre for Excellence (CESED) were considered best practices in actual energy management and use.
Regarding the other two components under the project, Dr. Jones Williams recognized that MSTEM has begun the process of recruiting a specialist for the wind feasibility study, and the Public Private Dialogue Forum that was launched on July 31, 2012 was a very successful event with participants from the public sector, the private sector, international agencies and UNDP, who engaged in dialogue on key energy issues.
September 12, 2012
UNDP is supporting the Government of Jamaica in meeting its obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. A new project titled Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase Out Management Plan (HPMP), first stage Implementation was launched in June 2012.
August 17, 2012
The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has taken advantage of the Public-Private Dialogue to launch Jamaica’s participation in the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All) on Tuesday, 31 July 2012.
July 27, 2012
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June 26, 2012
As a major and concrete legacy of the Rio+20 Conference, the Brazilian Government announced the creation of Rio+ Centre, the World Centre for Sustainable Development, at a ceremony this morning attended by Izabella Teixeira, Brazil's Minister for the Environment and Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator.
June 20, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 June 2012-In a high-level forum at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development today the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented the conceptual groundwork for a future "Sustainable Human Development Index," which would recognize the cost of human development to future generations.
May 25 , 2012
Joy Burke, Howard Simpson and Winston Robinson are among the farmers living in the community of Lititz, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, who must face a very challenging situation every day. Water is a scare resource in the area and the frequent drought affecting this part of the island impacts their lives as they depend on water for irrigating their crops and sustaining the lives of their families.
May 24, 2012
Today UNDP is launching a video public service announcement on sustainable energy for all.
May 23, 2012
World renowned Spanish actor and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a public service announcement aiming at inviting people to join the global conversation alongside the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio+20".
May 09, 2012
The Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Small Island Developing States Conference concluded on May 8, 2012 with the adoption of the "Barbados Declaration" calling for universal access to modern and affordable renewable energy services, while protecting environment, ending poverty and creating new opportunities for economic growth.
May 02, 2012
High-level forum in Barbados to chart a new ‘Sustainable Energy for All' roadmap ahead of Rio+20 Conference : The Government of Barbados, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States will host from 7 to 9 May 2012 the High-Level Conference of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in SIDS and the Rio+20 Informal Ministerial Meeting.
April 30, 2012
‘One Day on Earth’, a 104-minute documentary film produced by the One Day on Earth Project from footage captured during the 24-hour period of October 10, 2010, was shown in over 170 countries worldwide on Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd, in collaboration with over 80 UNDP Country Offices. In Jamaica, UNDP facilitated screenings of the One Day on Earth movie to over 300 persons on two different dates.
March 19, 2012
Two students from the Cassava River Primary and Infant School, located in Glengoffe, St. Catherine Parish received the 1st and 2nd place prizes in a poster competition organized to promote climate change. The initiative, sponsored by a community-based project, was entitled "Adapting to Climate Change: We're Ready. Are You?"
March 18, 2012
Three months before world leaders gather in Brazil for the "Rio + 20" U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, UNDP's first "Global Human Development Forum" will provide a unique and timely opportunity for a fresh, candid examination of the critical social, economic and environmental challenges now facing the world community.
March 06, 2012
February 16, 2012 marked a milestone in the Climate Change battle: The 7th anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Kyoto Protocol. In Jamaica the day was marked by a Post Durban Press and Stakeholder Debriefing event, the sixth in a series of Roundtable Dialogue Sessions on Climate Change supported by UNDP.
January 28, 2012
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) were joint hosts of the December 16th, 2011 launch of the much anticipated State of the Environment Report 2010 for Jamaica, and the UNDP flagship publication, the Human Development Report for 2011. The framework for examining the state of Jamaica's environment was placed within the context of the HDR's theme: Sustainability and Equity - A Better Future for All.
November 04, 2011
The 2011 Human Development Report (HDR) shows Jamaica with an improved position at 79 out of 187 countries and territories. The Report which has as its theme Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All was launched in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 2. Read More
October 26, 2011
Dr. Arun Kashyap, newly arrived United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in presenting his credentials to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Dr. the Hon. Kenneth Baugh, gave his assurance of the continued commitment of the United Nations Country Team to assist Jamaica to achieve inclusive development.
October 10, 2011
The UNDP-Global Environment Facility, Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) project has launched a poster competition for schools operating in the project areas. Jamaica is one of the participating Countries.
June 23, 2011
UNDP Jamaica this year again was one of the sponsors at the recently concluded Green Expo 2011 - a three day environmental exposition organized by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT). Ms. Akiko Fujii, UNDP Resident Representative a.i., expressed our commitment and actions in Environment and Energy as the Keynote Speaker at the Opening Ceremony of the Green Expo held June, 09 at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica.
June 22, 2011
UNDP Jamaica was one of the sponsors of the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals' (JIEP's) 5th Biennial Conference on the Environment held during National Environmental Awareness Week, June 5- 12. Dr. Chris Briggs, Environment Team Leader from the UNDP's Regional Centre in Panama, made a significant knowledge contribution to the Conference speaking on Green Development Strategies.
May 9, 2011
UNDP Jamaica in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Mining sponsored an Energy Conservation, Efficiency and Management Ttraining Programme which was specifically designed for Officers in Government Agencies responsible for Energy Management. This activity marked the culmination of UNDP support to the Government of Jamaica throughout its process of implementing an Energy Policy "Next Steps" Programme, after completion of the National Energy Policy. The "Next Steps" Programme saw the preparation and completion of five energy sub-policies, which was supported by a comprehensive and robust stakeholder engagement process.
March 31, 2011
The Woodford hillside Community' residents, St. Andrew - Jamaica, pursue sustainable agriculture carrying out the lessons learnt from the UNDP Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) programme.
March 25, 2011
UNDP, through the Global Environment Facility's Special Priority on Adaptation Funding, is supporting a climate change adaption initiative in five small communities in Jamaica.
February 15, 2011
UNDP and the Government of Jamaica have launched a project valued at USD $ 7.8 million to strengthen the operational and financial Sustainability of Jamaica's National Protected Area System.
February 4, 2011
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
February 2, 2011
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day.
January 26, 2011
In addition to providing support for the development of Jamaica's Energy Policy , UNDP Jamaica has taken steps to achieve good energy -saving practices at its own office. This move places UNDP Jamaica among very few of the 134 country offices, which has taken this step towards a greener office by conducting an energy audit - scientifically analysing the office energy consumption and taking concrete steps towards energy efficiency and conservation.