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  • The Government has welcomed Jamaica’s selection to host the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean.
  • Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the selection is indicative of the United Nations’ recognition of Jamaica’s commitment to preserving the environment.
  • Additionally, he said the office is collaborating with several agencies to convene a stakeholder consultation in September, to develop a large multimillion-dollar green climate fund project for Jamaica.

The Government has welcomed Jamaica’s selection to host the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean.

The office, which will provide technical support to the United Nations Environment Assembly, is housed at the International Seabed Authority’s building in downtown Kingston.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the selection is indicative of the United Nations’ recognition of Jamaica’s commitment to preserving the environment.

He was speaking at a ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) for the presentation of the keys to the new office, on Thursday, August 4.

Mr. Vaz lauded UNEP’s work, which he said was crucial in the global efforts to safeguard the environment.

He said the organisation has provided funding and technical expertise for several programmes and projects aimed at strengthening environmental preservation and climate resilience.

Mr. Vaz said that, of note, UNEP has implemented programmes that have enabled the Caribbean to deal with issues such as poverty, inequitable wealth distribution, and environmental degradation.

Meanwhile, Head of the UNEP Jamaica office, Vincent Sweeney, advised that the country’s Green Economy Study project, which was launched in March, will benefit from additional resources to assist with implementation of proposed recommendations.

Additionally, he said the office is collaborating with several agencies to convene a stakeholder consultation in September, to develop a large multimillion-dollar green climate fund project for Jamaica.