Jamaica sees improved performance in the human development indexListen /
Jamaica's extensive efforts to reform its social protection systems since 2000 have resulted in a considerably improved performance in the human development index.
A representative of Jamaica Shorna-Kay Marie Richards told the Commission on Social Development that the National Development Plan "Vision 2030" targeted achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and Jamaica's advance to developed-country status by 2030.
She said that Jamaica had been the first country to ratify the Convention and to create a disabilities registry. Nonetheless, she added, more efforts were needed to improve accessibility and decent work for persons with disabilities.
Noting that the proportion of older persons in the population was steadily increasing, and expected to double in absolute numbers by 2050, Ms. Richards concurred with the call by the Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre for the adoption of social protection to safeguard older persons by ensuring income security, basic health care and social services so as to foster their autonomy. She also stressed the importance of family in building cohesive societies, and of breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty by investing in the education of poor households.
Jamaica's comments came when the Commission for Social Development met this week to conduct a review of a number of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups: the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons; Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; World Programme of Action for Youth; Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002; as well as family issues, policies and programmes.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.