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.
06 June 2023
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres Lands in Jamaica for Historic Visit and Bilateral Talks
The UN Chief consulted with Prime Minister Holness on the impact of the climate crisis in the Caribbean and upcoming High-Level discussions on the mid-term review of the global framework for disaster risk reduction. They also discussed the situation in Haiti as well as ways of involving the international community, including Jamaica’s leadership, in efforts to reform the global financial architecture. The Secretary-General was also exposed to elements of Jamaican history, culture and academia. Secretary General Guterres was warmly received in Jamaica on Sunday, 14 May 2023 by a delegation including the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Vincent Sweeney – Head, UNEP Sub Regional Office of the Caribbean. On Sunday, Guterres visited Seville Great House and Heritage Park, in Saint Ann. This former plantation is now a heritage site reflecting centuries of history in Jamaica. On Sunday evening, the Secretary-General also attended a dinner organized in Kingston by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “I was deeply impressed by stories of courage & determination of slaves who fought for freedom. This is a reminder of the urgency to fight racism & inequalities everywhere,” Guterres said. On 15 May, the Secretary-General met the United Nations team working in Jamaica. The SG was also met by hundreds of local UN Staff and representatives from the International Seabed Authority. The UN Team shared their appreciation for the SG’s advocacy for small island developing states and encouraged his mission and bilateral talks on global financing systems. The SG then toured a part of downtown Kingston transformed into a gallery of street art and murals by Jamaican artists. The tour was facilitated by the office of the Mayor of Kingston, His Worship Delroy Williams and Kington Creatives, one of the largest third-sector non-profits working to revitalize the City of Kingston through the creative industry. Immediately after this visit, the Secretary-General had a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, followed by a joint press conference. In his remarks to journalists, the Secretary-General said that when we look at today’s international financial architecture, we are facing moral, power and practical problems. These problems, he added, are impacting countries like Jamaica and this is why it was important for him to hear the perspective of the Prime Minister to translate the dramatic needs and interests of developing countries, and of countries like Jamaica, in initiatives the United Nations is developing and beyond. Turning to Haiti, the Secretary-General reiterated the need — expressed in his proposal to the Security Council last year — for a non-United Nations international police force to crack down on the gangs. This, he added, needs to take place in parallel with a political process. He acknowledged that this has been a difficult exercise, but he once again asked the international community to understand that effective solidarity with Haiti is not only a matter of generosity, it is essentially a matter of enlightened self-interest because the present situation in Haiti reflects a threat to the security of the whole region and further afield. In the afternoon, the Secretary-General visited the Bob Marley Museum, The University of the West Indies as well as the historic site of Port Royal.
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04 September 2023
Honourable Minister Charles Jr endorses WFP’s training on shock-responsive social protection
Minister of Labour and Social Security Pearnel Charles Jr. on Monday endorsed the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Shock-Responsive Social Protection training as critical to building the necessary strategic and technical competencies that will strengthen Jamaica’s ability to respond to disasters. Charles added that climatic events, which are projected to increase, helped to exacerbate social insecurity. “The geographic position of the small island developing states within our region makes our Caribbean countries particularly vulnerable to climatic events, such as hurricanes and associated hazards including rainfall, winds, and storm surges during the hurricane season added to this, we regularly experience our share of human-induced hazards, making the Caribbean the second most disaster-prone region in the world,” he said. “The threat is compounded by socio-economic realities, and in some instances, lack of information, that often force many of our most vulnerable population to establish their homes in river courses and other flood-prone areas, and engage in survival practices that progressively endanger their lives and livelihoods and ultimately increase our collective vulnerability to disaster,” he added. In making the link between social insecurity and the devastating impact of climate-related disasters, Charles noted that effective social protection policies should serve to reduce exposure to risks and enhance capacity to manage shocks. He went on to explain that in preparing for climate-related events, which are increasingly likely due to global warming, information was paramount underscoring the importance of WFP’s training programme, which he noted builds on regional evidence generated through research. According to Charles, the information provided through the WFP’s training will serve to develop and enhance capacities to strengthen social protection systems and their scalability in response to shocks. “Everyone has a fundamental right to social protection. My ministry is committed to its mission of delivering effective social protection services that empower individuals and their families, and so I wholeheartedly endorse the objectives of this workshop,” said Charles. “I invite each and every person to participate fully, and to make use of this opportunity to build on our collective ability to respond appropriately to the ever-increasing exposure to disasters, natural and manmade,” he added. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) training event on “Shock-Responsive Social Protection” was held from Monday, August 14 to Thursday, August 17. Attendees included management practitioners from within the Government of Jamaica, primarily from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. – Denieca Brown
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08 November 2022
Multilaterial System Remains Critical in Tackling Global Challenges
These were the words of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, at the flag raising ceremony commemorating Jamaica's 60th anniversary of membership in the United Nations. “We remain fully convinced that the alternative to a functioning multilateral system is a more dangerous and divided world that will threaten to marginalise and erode the security and development of small States in particular. We must all, therefore, continue to emphasise the tremendous benefit to our nations and our people of a robust and well-functioning multilateral system,” she said. She noted: “Small States like Jamaica are, of necessity, the strongest advocates for multilateralism and… multilateral cooperation will be key to getting us back on the road to sustainable economic growth and enhancing resilience to cope with global challenges. We must, therefore, reaffirm our commitment to a world underpinned by a strong rules-based multilateral system.” The Minister was addressing the UN Day Anniversary Flag-Raising Ceremony at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on October 24. Senator Johnson Smith said that Jamaica will continue to play a positive role in the activities of the organs and bodies of the UN. “We expect that their programmes and projects will complement those introduced at the national and regional levels and believe that our collective efforts will assist in achieving our own national development goals,” she said. She noted that Vision 2030, which aligns with the overarching framework of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) continues to be Jamaica’s guide in this regard. “The United Nations is the product of hope. As we mark UN Day, let us renew our hope and conviction in what humanity can achieve when we work as one in global solidarity,” Senator Johnson Smith added. UN Resident Coordinator, Dr. Garry Conille said that now, more than ever, the institution must remain the space for constructive dialogue and a beacon for sustainable peace, prosperity and the future of the planet. “Our modern world faces some of the greatest challenges in its history, from the climate crisis to COVID-19, from the fallout from the war in Ukraine to growing threats to democracy,” he pointed out. Mr. Conille said that since Jamaica joined the UN in 1962, the country has played an outstanding role in the organisation’s system, helping to call international attention to matters such as human rights, decolonisation, economic cooperation, women's issues, among others. He said that as Jamaica continues to lead an ambitious global agenda, the UN partnership in country, to accelerate progress towards the SDGs, is at its highest level. “In the past two years alone, joint programmes have increased... with investments of the current country implementation plan already exceeding our expectations,” he said. UN Day is commemorated annually on October 24, recognising the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. This year is the 77th anniversary of the UN, and the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s membership to the UN. Originally published by the Jamaica Information Service October 25, 2022
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05 September 2022
United Nations & Bahamas Development Bank Partner in staging first Multilateral Partnership Forum focused on the Sustainable Development Goals
Today’s Forum begins at 9 a.m. and is themed, “Transformational Partnerships for a Sustainable Future.” Prime Minister, the Honorable Phillip Davis will deliver the keynote address. The Bahamas SDG Partnership Forum 2022 serves as a platform to strengthen engagement and relationships across relevant stakeholders and sectors, leading to a more transformational whole-of-society approach to partnerships for advancing SDGs in the Bahamas – particularly in the era of building forward better from COVID-19. The public may join online via the United Nations Bahamas Facebook page. The event features panel discussions, group dialogues and key presentations engaging a number of partners including Eugene Newry, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Nicholas Higgs, Managing Director, Bahamas Development Bank; Nicola Virgil-Rolle, Executive Director, Lyford Cay Foundation; Samantha Rolle, Executive Director, Access Accelerator; Dave Prescott, Creative Director, The Partnering Initiative (TPI); The Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development and Sumayyah Cargill, Manager, Strategic Development and Initiatives, Bahamas Development Bank, among others. Senior officials of the United Nations will also present at the signature event. Roberto Valent, Regional Director, UN Development Coordination Office Latin America and the Caribbean, Sai Navoti, Chief of SIDS Unit Sustainable Development Goals Division, UN DESA as well as Dr. Garry Conille, UN Resident Coordinator in The Bahamas will present. “The United Nations and The Bahamas have this year entered into a Cooperation Agreement that has already begun to yield programmes of impact for the people of The Bahamas,” Dr. Conille said. The Partnership Forum is also the kick-off to a week-long Partnership Accelerator training programme. The 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator is a collaborative initiative by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and The Partnering Initiative (TPI), in collaboration with United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), UN Global Compact, and the UN Development Coordination Office. The initiative aims to significantly help accelerate effective partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. The training workshops, which include a two-and-a-half-day national training will engage over 40 local leaders with best practice skills and techniques for building effective partnerships, it will enhance understanding of relationships across participants from different sectors and launch new partnerships for supporting the implementation of the SDGs. The Caribbean Partnership Accelerator Training of Trainers workshop, with 15 regional participants, will then close out the week. According to Aneesah Abdullah, United Nations Country Coordinator, the week’s activities are the fruits of years of partner building and networking aimed at maximizing local expertise and leveraging the service offerings of the UN Development System for the benefit of Bahamians. “This national training will create a network of partnering champions ready to contribute to national development in new ways. From consultations with local actors, we have ensured that the agendas reflect our national priorities including issues related to climate change, the economy, education, gender and migration,” Abdullah said. The inaugural SDG Partnership Forum is hoped will encourage and enable the development of structured partnerships to contribute to The Bahamas’ achievement of the SDGs including the establishment of a partnership mechanism to further facilitate meeting the SDGs in The Bahamas. “From this Forum we hope to identify innovative opportunities for multiparter SDG engagement including facilitating greater access to technical and financial resources for realizing Agenda 2030. I am especially grateful to all our partners, particularly the BDB for supporting the coordination of this effort.” Dr. Conille said.
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