UN Environment opens doors in Kingston, Jamaica

Kingston, 1 December 2016

“The Caribbean Office for UN Environment was a few years in the making, but is already facilitating the expansion of our work in the Caribbean.” - Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment

The doors of the new United Nations Environment Caribbean Office were officially opened, yesterday November 30, 2016 in a joint effort between the organization and the Government of Jamaica.

Erik Solheim, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Environment along with the Honourable Daryl Vaz, Minister without portfolio, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade cut the ribbon at the organization’s 3rd floor office.

During the ceremony, Mr. Solheim conveyed gratitude to the government of Jamaica saying that “the Caribbean Office for UN Environment was a few years in the making, but is already facilitating the expansion of our work in the Caribbean.” He further mentioned upcoming projects the office would be undertaking including the “Trash Free-Waters project” which was launched earlier this year.

“The Caribbean office will provide technical support to the countries of the Caribbean in addressing their environmental issues.” - Daryl Vaz, MP. Economic Growth and Job Creation

Minister Daryl Vaz said that “the Caribbean office will provide technical support to the countries of the Caribbean in addressing their environmental issues, as well as in implementing the work programme adopted by the United Nations Environment Assembly”. He also thanked the organization for their assistance in implementing policies, plans and programmes with the aim to help Jamaica meet its national and international sustainable development goals.

UN Environment, in line with the 2030 Agenda, provides leadership and encourages partnerships for environmental matters relating to climate change, renewable energy and resource efficiency and disaster and ecosystem management among other areas. The newly established UN Environment Caribbean Office will provide expertise, policy recommendations and activities aimed at improving the environmental sustainability of the Caribbean region.

NOTE TO EDITORS

For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Deonne Smith, Communications and Partnerships Officer, UN Environment- Caribbean Office,

Deonne.smith@pnuma.org +1-876-922-9267/69, Ext 6245

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