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On September 21, members of staff of the United Nations (UN) Country Team in Jamaica supported the Violence Prevention Alliance in a Race for Peace to commemorate UN International Peace Day.
Over 50 youth from St. Thomas and St. Ann are now able to start a business in beekeeping thanks to the Rural Youth Employment project (RUYE) which has provided 275 bee hives and a first phase of practical training.
The European Commission-United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) launched a new publication, Handbook: Migration for Development: A bottom-up approach. Jamaica, as one of the participating Countries in this initiative, has been featured with two recently completed projects.
A UNDP-led partnership that rewards communities around the world for their conservation and development solutions launched a call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, to be submitted online at www.equatorinitiative.org by October 31, 2011. Jamaica is one of the participating countries.
UNDP in Jamaica is supporting dialogue among government agencies, civil society, the private sector, academia and international development agencies on how to address the low levels of security that the majority of Jamaicans feel, as captured in a new survey on social cohesion and citizen security.
The public is advised that a phishing e-mail is in circulation purporting to be a notification of an award of a grant from UNDP and requesting that the reader send personal information to receive the funds.
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.
The Truth and Justice Action Group (TJAG) convened by the Jamaica Council of Churches, in partnership with UNDP Jamaica presented an exploratory survey of Jamaica's readiness for a Truth and reconciliation process. The study suggests that most Jamaicans want political leaders to appear before truth commission.