The Sustainable Development Goals in Jamaica
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. Kindly note that the data visualizations show an aggregate of the Caribbean. To view the disaggregated data per country, please click on the name of the country or territory you wish to explore.
09 November 2021
Partnership For the Goals: United Nations Forum Convenes National Stakeholders in Week Of Activities Recognizing Pandemic Frontline Workers and Reaffirming Commitment To The Sustainable Development Goals
Dr. Garry Conille, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Jamaica, played host to the three-day Virtual Partnership Forum where he thanked Jamaica’s frontline workers and underscored that meaningful partnerships invite all members of society to participate in the process of actualizing the sustainable development goals. “It is only through solid partnerships that we can meet the SDGs and therefore we need your help. So today, I am delighted that this Forum brings together the government, private and third sectors, academia, other international development partners, civil society, and young people. All are important stakeholders whom we are very happy to engage and exchange ideas with,” remarked the Resident Coordinator. “I call on all stakeholders to expand their support of the development financing agenda– through financial, technical and other resources, as well as through technological advancement, innovation and knowledge sharing,” Dr. Conille continued. Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of National Security, The Honourable Dr. Horace Chang presented the Forum’s keynote address, which themed the message of partnership as an innovative response to the unique economic and social challenges faced by small island developing states like Jamaica. “The effectiveness of our national response to the ongoing global public health crisis has been determined by the degree to which we forged strong, collaborative partnerships. The United Nations, and its agencies here in Jamaica, have been consistent and reliable partners. Sir Alexander Bustamante, who spearheaded Jamaica’s entry into the United Nations, understood the importance of a multilateral system in which all Member States, irrespective of size or Gross Domestic Product (GDP), are regarded equally.” The Honourable Dr. Chang used the occasion to express Jamaica’s commitment to the UN System and UN advocacy towards equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination supplies. “Today, our government is committed to a reinvigorated United Nations and a multilateral system that facilitates partnerships through which small states, like Jamaica, are able to navigate the global scarcity and have equal access to life-saving vaccines,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. The opening high-level exchange, facilitated by Dr. Terri Karelle Reid included representation from Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade who echoed the value of developmental partnership and progress in the lives of everyday Jamaicans. The UN continues to play a critical role in harmonising the international community’s efforts on promoting gender equality, reducing poverty, and promoting inclusive partnerships for sustainable development,” Senator Johnson Smith said. “Progress on these issues means a better quality of life for Jamaicans and people everywhere. This is why Jamaica is proud to play an active role in advancing the aims and objectives of the United Nations,” she added. Other speakers included Mr. Courtenay Rattray, UN Under-Secretary-General and former Jamaican Ambassador to the UN, Ms. Lisa Kurbiel, Head of Secretariat, UN Joint SDG Fund, Ms. Teresa Moll de Alba, Senior Manager Latin America and the Caribbean, UN Global Compact, Ms. Therese Turner-Jones, Country Representative for Jamaica and General Manager Caribbean Country Group, InterAmerican Development Bank, Ms. Barbara Scott, Deputy Director General, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Ms. Imega Breeze McNab, Executive Director, Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Mr. John Byles, Vice President PSOJ, Dr. Dana Morris Dixon, Assistant General Manager Jamaica National Group.
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01 July 2021
UNESCO and Blackboard to train 10,000 teachers with skills for online teaching
Teachers will be trained in the use of online education tools, resources and interactive platforms to effectively engage students through online learning. Since the onset of the pandemic, distance education has been a challenge for many teachers due to, for example, little or no connectivity, lack of access to devices and online education resources, and the challenges of moving quickly from traditional classroom instruction to an online environment. In response to the education crisis, UNESCO and its partners launched the "Education response to Covid-19: Distance Learning and Teacher Training Strategies in the Caribbean Region and Jamaica", in January 2021. On 22 June 2021, the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, based in Kingston, Jamaica, in collaboration with Blackboard, the leading EdTech company for higher education and K-12, the Caribbean Centre for Educational Planning (CCEP) at the University of the West Indies and UNICEF Jamaica, will launch the first series of the three four-week teacher trainings. In a partnership with UNICEF in Jamaica, the initiative aims to train 5000 Jamaican teachers nationally. "This initiative gives teachers strategies, tools and resources to use in the digital space to create an online classroom environment that meets the needs of both students and teachers," said Dr Faryal Khan, Programme Specialist for Education at UNESCO. In the pilot phase in September 2020, 40 teachers from the Caribbean sub-region were already trained as master trainers in blended learning and online strategies to enhance the capacity of 300 teachers in their countries. Faryal Khan, Ed.D, UNESCO, said the joint project is being implemented under the UNESCO Global Coalition for Education, a global, multi-sectoral coalition of 175 institutional partners from the UN, civil society, academia and the private sector, which was established at the outset of the pandemic to ensure continuity of learning. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations with the aim of promoting peace and security through international cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information.
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10 June 2021
Aneesah Abdullah appointed United Nations Country Coordination Officer for The Bahamas
The Bahamas native, who began her career in 2004 as an educator, is the first person to occupy this role. With deep interest in gender equality, human rights, and good governance as critical components of national development, Abdullah has accumulated over 10 years of professional and academic expertise in that regard. Prior to her role with the United Nations, Abdullah worked with the Bahamas Government since 2015, where she spent years focusing on women’s, human rights, and development issues at the Bureau of Women’s Affairs/Department of Gender and Family Affairs (Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development). She recently concluded an approximate three-year term in the Economic Development and Planning Unit/Sustainable Development Goals Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister where she co-led the national coordination, promotion, and monitoring efforts regarding implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in The Bahamas. As Country Coordination Officer in the Bahamas her duties will include supporting the United Nations Resident Coordinator in increasing national partnerships and financing development opportunities. She will also provide strategic advice to United Nations agencies and national authorities, to address complex issues in support of Small Island Developing States and Sustainable Development Goals international frameworks and regional institutions. Resident Coordinator, Dr. Garry Conille, views this appointment as a reaffirmation of the UN’s commitment to the development priorities of the people and Government of The Bahamas. "We firmly believe in strengthening our relationship with The Bahamas, and the appointment of Aneesah Abdullah as Country Coordination Officer will allow for closer collaboration, especially as we move forward in developing a new and stronger Multi-country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (MSCDF)," Dr. Conille said. Dr Conille added, “We have committed resources to ensure that her role supports us not only in delivering the transformative results that the Bahamas deserves, but also to tell the rich story of the country’s successes.” During the recently concluded UN Mission to the Bahamas, the Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the appointment of Ms Abdullah. “You have made an excellent choice,” Minister Henfield said, adding that Abdullah’s appointment will foster a more collaborative approach to the coordination of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes. In accepting her appointment, Abdullah pledged her support for strengthening the ties between the United Nations and The Bahamas. “I recognize the importance of strong collaborations and hope to bolster these relationships, being guided by the priorities of The Commonwealth.” Aneesah Abdullah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Rights from the University of London. Abduallah is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of The Bahamas, School of Social Sciences. The Country Coordinator may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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