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UNIFEM is seeking consultancy support for the development of a country strategy for Jamaica along the following broad principles:
• The starting point for the country strategy should be Jamaica's own vision and priorities for gender equality.
• The country strategy should be developed in consultation with government MDAs, women's organizations, UN agencies, and other stakeholders.
Experience has now shown clearly that countries like Jamaica must mainstream disaster risk reduction if they are to achieve key development goals. While many know the human misery and crippling economic losses resulting from disasters, what few realize is that this devastation can be prevented through disaster risk reduction initiatives.
As such, UNDP, national and regional partners are collaborating to implement a major shift in policy during 2010. Although support for pre- and post-disaster activities continues as part of its mandate, UNDP embarked in 2009 on developing a comprehensive programme of support for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction. Working in partnership with the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica's national disaster management office, UNDP is developing a comprehensive approach to Disaster Risk Reduction that will tackle issues at both National and Local levels and support achievement of ODPEM's comprehensive matrix of priorities and its Strategic National Plan.
With the contribution of US $1.25 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), over 400 youth in rural and urban Jamaica are set to benefit from a two- year poverty reduction project by the UNDP in partnership with the Scientific Research Council (SRC), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOA) among other agencies.
In association with the Forestry Department as the implementing partner, The United Nations Development Programme’s project on developing sustainable land management has now started. A project manager has been hired and an inception workshop is to be held early in 2010. For more details see the project page that can be found here
The Jamaica Deported Migrants and their Families project will soon be providing assistance to twenty children. The Jamaica Deported Migrants and their Families project will soon be providing assistance to twenty children. "Round about the next two weeks or so, the initial activities launched to identify 20 children who will be benefiting from financial grants, as well as referrals to agencies, in the case of those who need that, will get under way," project consultant St Rachel Ustanny told the Sunday Observer. "The parents would either be in prisons in the UK (United Kingdom) or elsewhere, or they would already have been deported to Jamaica," Ustanny said.
In addition to protecting the human rights of children of deported migrants and migrants who are still incarcerated in other countries, the project has as its objectives to: raise awareness about the development value of ensuring that deported migrants are apart of nation-building; educate deported migrants about their rights; conduct research to identify the needs of deported migrants as they attempt to reintegrate and resettle in Jamaica; and inform and educate students about the issues related to trafficking, illegal migration and deportation.
The UNDP Regional Centres Dakar and Johannesburg are establishing a Regional Roster of human rights and justice experts to facilitate quick support services for the designing and implementation of human rights and justice projects by UNDP Country Offices/UNCTs in the region.We are therefore looking for consultants/experts with the following key skills, technical background and experience:1) Advanced university degree in law, social sciences, international development or related field preferably with a specialization in human rights, international humanitarian law, criminal law etc.2)
Mr. Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel and Inhuman Treatment, presented his preliminary findings at a press conference on Friday, February 19, 2010, during his Mission to Jamaica which lasted from February 12 - 21.
While not finding torture, in the classical sense, of deliberately inflicting severe pain or suffering as a means of extracting a confession or information, the Special Rapporteur reported "a general atmosphere of violence and aggression in almost all places of detention, and a frequent use of beatings as a form of punishment".
"I was most concerned about the appalling conditions of detention in general, which reflect a complete disrespect for the human dignity of persons in conflict with the law", Mr. Nowak said in his preliminary statement. See full Preliminary Statement...
Crippling the operations of gangs is seen as a key component in dealing with security challenges for many Caribbean countries. This was the common thread when Jamaica’s Minister of National Security Dwight Nelson, addressed the gathering at the two-day Regional Workshop on ’Charting the Way Forward for the Preparation of the Caribbean Regional Human Development Report on Citizen's Security’ held in Kingston, January 27 to 29, 2010.
UNDP and the Fredreich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Co-hosted a series of workshops on Millennium Development Goal (MDG)1 - Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger, and on the gender dimensions of poverty. The workshops were held in four parishes across Jamaica and targeted leaders and members of community-based organisations active in community development efforts on the ground.
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Jamaica will be among countries represented virtually when the 8th Global Democratic Governance Community of Practice (DGCoP) meeting takes place in Senegalese capital Dakar, February 15-19.