First Joint UN Human Security Programme aimed at ‘Strengthening Human Resilience in Northern Clarendon & West Kingston’

Programme launched 12 March, 2018

The United Nations in Jamaica is launching its flagship Joint Programme ‘Strengthening Human Resilience in Northern Clarendon and West Kingston, from 12-15 March 2018  in Kingston, Jamaica.

This programme is being jointly implemented by the Government of Jamaica and the following United Nations agencies in Jamaica: Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment, and UN Women. Funding is provided by the Government of Jamaica, the UN agencies and the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS). 

The programme, which is the first human security project in Jamaica, will contribute to enhanced resilience and human security of communities in Northern Clarendon and West Kingston through four (4) key objectives:

Objective One: Local and community governance bodies strengthened to design and oversee interventions to address insecurities

Objective Two: Enhanced economic, food and nutrition security in selected communities

Objective Three: Improved environmental health and water security at the community, local and national levels

Objective Four: Institutional capacity for integration of Human Security Approach strengthened

Based on the diverse and complex human security issues faced by the target communities, the programme’s interventions are designed to be delivered in an integrated, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral manner. Centred on poverty reduction and climate change adaptation, the programme will bolster economic development through enhanced climate resilience, sustainable agriculture, social cohesion and sustainable livelihoods.

This Joint UN Human Security programme is aimed at enhancing resilience and human security of selected communities in rural and urban Jamaica. It will advance the 2030 agenda by addressing the Economic, Environmental, Personal and Health insecurities facing targeted communities. These insecurities are expressed in the form of poverty, unemployment, land degradation, poor health and reduced social cohesion. The programme will contribute to the attainment of relevant goals in Vision 2030: Jamaica and SDG’s 1,2,11,13,15,16 & 17.

UN Environment will be coordinating with relevant government agencies to improve environmental health and water security at the community, local and national levels and strengthen the institutional capacity for integration of Human Security Approach in the selected communities in rural and urban Jamaica.