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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.
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.
The Caribbean Human Development Report 2012 Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security was launched in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, on 8 February 2012. The report says that with the exception of Barbados and Suriname, homicide rates including gang-related killings have increased substantially in the last 12 years across the Caribbean, while they have been falling or stabilizing in other parts of the world.
The Metcalfe Street, secure Juvenile Centre, will be pioneering Jamaica's changing approach to juvenile justice with the contribution of US$350,000 towards a range of services including medical and mental health screening, education and skills training, life skills and behavior modification programme as well as sports and recreational activities.
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.
UNDP and the National Integrity Action Limited (NIAL) collaborated to stage Jamaica's National observance of the UN International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9, 2011. Through the event, Jamaica's National leaders, civil society members and International Partners joined in the global ACT (Against Corruption Today) campaign, a joint effort of the UNDP and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Day was marked by a public forum and the launch of the National Integrity Action Limited (NIAL). Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Andrew Holness; Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Representative of the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips; Prof. Trevor Munroe, Executive Director of the NIAL and UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP in Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap were among the main speakers.
Regional Parliamentarians came together at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica to look at ways in which they can lead policy and community interventions to end violence against women and girls. Themed, "Building Political Will to End Gender-Based Violence", the November 9-10 meeting is one of the initiatives in support of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign.