1st Entry

Posted by Sean Chedda at Sep 18, 2017 04:22 PM |
My first week here at UN Environment-CEP flew by very fast. I spent my first two days reading different documents related to UN Environment-CEP work and on other issues that I will spend the next 3 months working on.  It helped me to create background knowledge of environmental issues which are then translated into policies.

The first day I sat down with my supervisor and UN Environment-CEP Coordinator, Dr. Lorna Inniss, to discuss what I hope-to accomplish for the duration of the internship and she gave me a lot of inputs for my future work here. I have been assigned to the Office of the Coordinator, so I will attend several meetings and I will have the chance of working closely  with her.  Another major point of my work will be working on the new UNEP-CEP’s Strategy Plan.

My first assignment was related to the Land Based Sources of Pollution (LBS) Protocol of the Cartagena Convention, a research on the agricultural impact on the marine and coastal ecosystem.  It gave me the possibility to get more familiar with UN Environment-CEP’s past and ongoing projects.

Settling down in Kingston was much easier than I expected as people here are amazing and very welcoming.

Challenges faced: The technical language used in a lot of the documents I had to read was new for me. I spent a lot of time in googling technical definitions.

Lessons learned: I have begun to understand the roles and responsibilities of UN Environment-CEP  within the region and how challenging it is having an effective regional cooperation.