Executive Director, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Peter Knight, has hailed the contribution of the United Nations (UN) in addressing a number of issues in Jamaica, particularly as it relates to environmental management.
Mr. Knight informed that NEPA has received more than $300 million in support from the international organisation over the last 10 years to carry out its work. “They are an integral partner and they have allowed us… to undertake a number of activities,” he stated on October 24 at a UN Day celebration at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston.
Describing the relationship between the UN and NEPA as “valued”, Mr. Knight said the UN’s support has enabled the implementation of projects in support of the country’s environment.
These include the Phase-Out of Ozone Depleting Substances Project; Watershed Management Project; Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change Project; Protected Areas Management Project; the Biodiversity Conservation Project; Pollution Control Project; and the Improved Environmental Health Project.
Mr. Knight also cited the collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the publication of the country’s State of the Environment Report 2010, which highlighted the overall status of Jamaica’s ecosystems and natural resources between 2008 and 2010.
Mr. Knight informed that NEPA will be collaborating with the agencies within the UN to complete the State of the Environment Report for 2013-2014.
For his part, UN Resident Co-ordinator for Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said the organisation remains committed to working with greater effectiveness with local, national and regional partners to achieve gender equity, peace and equitable development in Jamaica, within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals and Vision 2030.
Several representatives from various agencies and sectors also joined in celebrating the annual UN Day under the theme: ‘Global Progress’.
The event, which was staged in the format of a panel discussion, included representatives from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); GSW Animations; Eve For Life: National Family Planning Board; the University of the West Indies (UWI); as well as students from St. Georges College and Ardenne High School.
Every year since 1948, the 24th of October has been celebrated globally as UN Day.
The celebration seeks to commemorate the founding of the organisation with the ratification of its Charter by the five (5) Permanent Members of the Security Council, namely: France, the People’s Republic of China, the former Soviet Union (now the Russian Federation), the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
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