Jamaica urges the UN to redouble collaboration with the Caribbean

Olivia Grange

Jamaica supports the decision of the United Nations to establish a network on youth development and is committed to collaborating with it, as well as to sharing its experiences globally. That's what Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange told a high-level meeting on youth.

She urged the United Nations to redouble its collaboration with the Caribbean sub-region, which she said looked forward to strengthening its cooperation with the United Nations Programme on Youth.

Olivia Grange: Approximately half of Jamaica's population is aged 30 years and below, and we therefore, understand the benefits of investing in our youth to ensure their engagement in the development processes My government is deeply concerned about the impact of drugs, crime and violence on our children and young people, and we are committed to addressing this situation. However, this is a global challenge and we urge Member States to work collaboratively to find long-term solutions to these scourges. I take pleasure in reporting that in response to domestic intervention policies and programmes, Jamaica is making significant progress in developing social and economic policies and programmes using a multi-sectoral and multifaceted approach.

NAR: Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Olivia Grange said that in celebrating the international year of the youth, Jamaica engaged its young people in many different ways.

Olivia Grange: Facilitating youth leaders to engage street children in dialogue to hear directly fro them about the types of interventions they need and to work towards effecting positive changes in their lives; conducting a national youth census to be better able to tap into the vast potential of our young people; undertaking a national youth situational analysis to better understand their needs and concerns, and to develop appropriate policy frameworks; organizing national consultations designed and directed by youth leaders which will strengthen and enhance the National Youth policy; and developing a national youth entrepreneurship strategy. My government has also made a significant financial investment in youth business development through the Jamaica Youth Business Trust.

NAR: Minister Grange said Jamaica is supportive of the World Programme of Action on Youth which was adopted in 1995.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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