FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNEP CEP will be at the CASE Expo on April 18

Apr 12, 2013

 

UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme will be at the CASE Expo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kingston,11 April 2013: The beautifully, unscathed parish of Portland, Jamaica will be the location of the 2013 College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Exposition, which is divided into three events, a Job Fair, Health Fair and Open Day . This event will be held on Thursday, 18th of April on the main campus of the school, Pawsley Gardens, Port Antonio starting at 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The purpose of this event is to not only exhibit, but continue the school’s mission of educating and training the youth in preparation for leadership and service, both locally and internationally.

Miss Paulette Smith, the Placement Officer at CASE, believes that this event is a step in the right direction, with each event showcasing the work done by the students, promoting health and wellness and preparing them for the working world.

Christopher Corbin, the Officer of Charge for the Communications, Education, Training and Awareness Subprogramme (CETA) at UNEP, is pleased that United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Caribbean Environment Programmme (CEP) will be participating at this event. Mr. Corbin encourages participation at such events, which not only nurture and promote personal growth but also support overall national development.

 The work of UNEP CEP, which is located in Kingston, is guided by the Cartagena Convention. This convention is the only legally binding treaty for managing the use of coastal and marine resources in the Wider Caribbean Region. It is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive regional treaty of its kind. Jamaica ratified the Convention in 1987.

This year UNEP CEP is celebrating 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation!

####                               

                                                                                                                          

 

About UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) in 1976 under the framework of its Regional Seas Programme. It was developed taking into consideration the importance and value of the Wider Caribbean Region’s fragile and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems, including an abundant and mainly endemic flora and fauna.

A Caribbean Action Plan was adopted by the Countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) and that led to the development and adoption of the Cartagena Convention on 24 March 1983. This Convention is the first regionally binding treaty of its kind that seeks to protect and develop the marine environment of the WCR. Since its entry into force on 11 October 1986, 25 of the 30 WCR countries have become contracting parties.
 The Convention is supported by three protocols:

  • Protocol concerning Cooperation in combating Oil Spills, which entered into force on October 11, 1986;
  • Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW), which entered into force on June 18, 2000;
  • Protocol concerning Pollution from Land-based sources and activities (LBS), which entered into force on August 13, 2010.

In addition, each Protocol is served by a Regional Activity Centre. These Centres are based in Curacao (Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean, RAC/REMPEITC) for the Oil Spills Protocol; in Guadeloupe (RAC/SPAW) for the SPAW Protocol and in Cuba (Centre of Engineering and Environmental Management of Coasts and Bays) and Trinidad & Tobago (Institute of Marine Affairs), both for the LBS Protocol.

The Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEP-CAR/RCU), established in 1986, serves as the Secretariat to the Cartagena Convention and is based in Kingston, Jamaica. As they endeavour to protect the Caribbean Sea and sustain our future, we look forward to their continued effort to combat marine pollution by facilitating the implementation of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols in the Wider Caribbean Region. 

For further information on UNEP CEP and its subprogrammes, please contact, Miss Pietra Brown ,United Nations Volunteer-Communications Officer ,  at UNEP CEP by telephone: 1(876)922-9267-9,Fax:1(876)922-9292, Email: pb@cep.unep.org.Also, feel free to visit the website at : http://www.cep.unep.org

###