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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.
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.
UNDP, through the Jamaica Violence Prevention, Peace and Sustainable Development project of the Ministry of National Security, has provided support to recent training of police officers on issues of domestic violence. The workshop was designed to help police personnel handle domestic abuse cases with more sensitivity.
(Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo,standing right, speaks to a participant at the Domestic Violence Workshop- Photo jamaica Observer)
The Web Portal developed under The European Commission-United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative (EC-UN JMDI) Project [J-072] Knowledge Networks for Connecting Jamaica and its Diaspora was launched in London, 22 September 2010.
A successful joint launch of the 2010 Human Development Report and the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions (JSLC) 2008 & 2009 was held by UNDP, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on November 23. Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Bruce Golding officially launched the reports and as the Keynote Speaker, reiterated the importance of people as the wealth of the nation.
The UNDP is sponsoring the preparation of the Caribbean Human Development Report on Citizen Security for the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean countries. This report will provide evidence-based recommendations for the development of public policies and programmes to address citizen security issues Click to See Attachment for Brochure
The final report on the Jamaica findings of Mr. Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel and Inhuman Treatment is now available. Speaking at a press conference during his Mission to Jamaica, which lasted from February 12 - 21, 2010, the Special Rapporteur noted that while not finding torture, in the classical sense, of deliberately inflicting severe pain or suffering as a means of extracting a confession or information, he found "a general atmosphere of violence and aggression in almost all places of detention, and a frequent use of beatings as a form of punishment". the Rapporteur expressed his concern about the conditions of detention, saying "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".
Kingston, October 26, 2010- The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) has awarded the JMITF USD40,000 in grant funding and an additional USD10,000 in co-funding from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica.
Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, received a warm welcome from Heads of Government of CARICOM at their 31st meeting held July 4-7, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Secretary General's presence generated significant goodwill from Caribbean leaders, who praised him for being the first Secretary General to attend a CARICOM summit.
Secretary General Ban in his address to the Opening of the Summit of Heads on Sunday, July 4, thanked Caribbean leaders for their profound demonstration of solidarity with Haiti, the newest member of CARICOM, following the devastating earthquake in January. He commended CARICOM's appointment of a Special Representative for Haiti and its creation of an office to oversee regional reconstruction efforts. Mr. Ban encouraged CARICOM leaders to continue cooperating in order to ensure the long-term needs of the Haitian people are met