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Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, has hailed the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for providing much needed support to Jamaica, through its country programme.

Speaking at the national launch of the UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report (HDR) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday, June 4, Senator Nicholson said the country programme, as outlined in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), articulates the common strategy for the delivery of assistance to Jamaica by all UN agencies, which have an active co-operation agreement with the Government.

“The Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for 2012 to 2016 provides welcome support and development assistance in poverty reduction and for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It also contains actions to promote democratic governance, environmental sustainability, and energy security,” he stated.

The Minister pointed out that these focus areas are in keeping with the implementation of Jamaica’s medium-term strategy and long-term development plans, as contained in the country’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica.

“We are, indeed, very appreciative of the assistance provided, under the capable stewardship of the United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Arun Kashyap, and the country team. Their work has served to strengthen national capacity building, enable technology transfer, and allow for advocacy on key developmental issues, which impact on the environment, social empowerment, safety, security, and justice,’ Senator Nicholson said.

In his remarks, Dr. Kashyap said it is a “privilege and pleasure” to work with the Government of Jamaica, to advance its work in key areas to enhance the quality of life of all Jamaicans, particularly those deemed vulnerable and marginalised.

“Please be assured of a commitment to continue to strengthen this partnership…and contribute towards efforts to make Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business,” Dr. Kashyap said.

The Human Development Report 2013, entitled: ‘The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World’, examines current geopolitics and emerging issues and trends, and identifies the new stakeholders, who are shaping the global development landscape.

These stakeholders include developing countries in the South, such as Brazil, India, and South Africa, whose economies have continued to grow, despite the global financial crisis that caused several developed nations to fall into recession.

The UNDP focuses on helping countries to build and share solutions aimed at achieving poverty reduction and the MDGs; democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; and environment management and energy efficiency for sustainable development.

The agency, which has a presence in some 177 countries, also helps developing countries to attract and use aid effectively, while encouraging the protection of human rights, capacity development, and the empowerment of women.