The United Nations In Jamaica: Advancing The Development Agenda

United Nations In JamaicaThe United Nations In Jamaica: Advancing the Development Agenda
The United Nations (UN), through its various organisations, has been working in Jamaica to address a number of development challenges facing the country.

Representatives of the organisations, who were guests at the latest Gleaner Editors' Forum, gave updates on their activities in Jamaica and highlighted areas in which work is ongoing.

As Jamaica and other countries around the world look to transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goal in the coming year, the agencies have already started to set the agenda for the issues they will focus on. The Gleaner asked each of them: What is the big-ticket item that your organisation would like to achieve in Jamaica over the next year?

Dr Jerome Thomas - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative, Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize: One of our goals is ending poverty, hunger and malnutrition. To make a significant impact in that area, we will be addressing the ability of children, who are challenged by nutrition and access to food, to go to school through our school-feeding programme

Sheila Rosseau - director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean: For the year, we would like to see a reduction in the adolescent pregnancy rate, and we are working diligently in this area to ensure every teenager has a fulfilling life, completes school and has employment opportunities, competes in the job market, and become a productive member of society

Dr Elsie Laurence-Chounoune - deputy resident representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): In the matter of climate change, for this year, what we would like to do is ensure the Government goes to Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) ready to negotiate. So I would wish that coming back from Paris, there is a strong decision made to help governments - especially Jamaica - to really put in place their adaptation strategies towards climate change.

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Supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) UK, this 3 year project focuses on deepening the understanding of the international politics of development diplomacy, including the key political drivers that influence and shape development policy internationally and the impact this has on South Africa as an emerging development assistance partner.

Key Themes

This project considers three key areas:

  1. The development of the South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA);
  2. Trilateral development partnerships; and
  3. Multilateral development cooperation.
Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aims of this project include:

  • improving the understanding of the current transition taking place within multilateral development cooperation in both the geo-political North and South;
  • understanding the role of multilateral development cooperation for South Africa’s foreign policy and international engagement in the short, medium, and long-term;
  • review potential opportunities as well as obstacles in engaging in international development assistance
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