UNDP Unveils New Five-Year Development Program For Jamaica

Multidimensional poverty reduction is the goal of a new five-year program developed for Jamaica by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The program, which was provided through the UNDP Multi-Country Office, was officially launched on Thursday (January 26) at the AC Hotel by Marriott in Kingston.

Priority areas for the 2022 to 2026 cycle include social resilience and inclusion, citizen safety and security and the rule of law, climate change resilience, and sustainable natural resource management.

The program’s provisions will also be effected in The Bahamas, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Cayman Islands.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Ministry and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) collaborated on the program’s development.

“We, therefore, welcome the commitment that the UNDP has shown to consultation with policymakers, development practitioners, and stakeholders at varying levels, to ensure closer alignment between the desired outcomes of the UNDP and the priorities articulated in our National Development Plan,” she stated.

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