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International Youth Day has been celebrated on August 12th each year since the year 2000 when it was established by the United Nations as a means of raising awareness of issues affecting young people around the world. The theme of International Youth Day 2013 was "Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward". This theme has provided an opportunity to reflect on the livelihood, struggles and prospects that migration presents for young migrants and other youth who are affected by migration.
The United Nations in Jamaica condemns the brutal murder of 17-year-old Dwayne Jones by patrons gathered at a dance party in St. James in the early hours of 22 July 2013. Dwayne was reportedly chased and attacked by a crowd of assailants after it became known that he was male and dressed in women’s clothing.
Dr Arun Kashyap, United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, presented a set of books to Daniel Chambers at the Jamaica Library Service in Kingston on Thursday 4 July 2013.
Click here to download the Human Development Report 2013: http://hdr.undp.org/en/
The Human Development Report (HDR) 2013 entitled The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, was launched in Jamaica on Tuesday 4 June 2013 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. The Key Note address was delivered by Sen. The Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson on behalf of the Most Hon. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. A highlight of this HDR Launch was a Panel Discussion comprising some of Jamaica's Southern partners (Brazil, India and South Africa).
In preparation for the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Third International Conference in 2014, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica has partnered with the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, to spearhead the National Preparatory Process.
According to international seismic expert, Dr. Eric Calais, “Jamaica must prepare for large earthquakes”. Dr. Eric Calais is an international seismic expert who visited Jamaica to conduct a Seismic Exploratory Mission from 25th - 28th of March 2013. Dr. Calais’ Mission was fully supported by the UNDP through its Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) under the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Reduction (BCPR) portfolio, and coordinated and facilitated by the local team at the Jamaica Country Office.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jamaica Country Office and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Jamaica, came together on Thursday 21 March 2013 in celebration of International Day of Forests and the Tree, to plant fruit trees on the compound shared by both these agencies.
It is true that we are able to achieve much greater impact when we pool our efforts and work together on joint programmes as one United Nations System operating in Jamaica. Congratulatory messages flooded in from all corners (including the Planning Institute of Jamaica) for the successful high profile dissemination of the UN’s key messages for International Women’s Day 2013 via various media on Friday, 8th of March. Joan French of UN Women thanked UNDP and the other partners for “holding hands together across the UN System to strengthen (development) efforts for Jamaica”.
Sadly, crime and violence within homes, schools and communities are among the most pressing social issues currently affecting Jamaica. There have been numerous challenges in achieving and sustaining good governance at the community level. The inability to properly articulate local needs with national institutional responses, have hampered efforts to achieve the desired levels of community safety in Jamaica. The UNDP-supported nationally implemented project, “Enhancing Civil Society Participation in Local Governance for Community Safety”, which is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government & Community Development, takes a citizen security approach to developing sustainable long-term strategies that focus on improved partnerships between civil society, local authorities, and central state agencies to prevent and mitigate the effects of crime and violence level.
In trying to effectively reduce the spread of HIV in Jamaica, it is significant to note that in ensuring access to HIV-related prevention and treatment services, the right kind of legal environment must exist. This legal environment should not support the criminalization of persons living with HIV and groups of persons who are most vulnerable to HIV. The legal environment should not contain laws or policies that sustain and support violence and discrimination, or a system of practices that facilitates or impedes access to HIV treatment.