1st Entry - Learning island time
Everyone has welcomed me very kindly and the first week in the blue office has been fun. The team introduced me to my tasks for the months ahead, as team support for CETA & AMEP, I will be focusing on deepening the understanding of environmental protection by outreaching to various stakeholders using communication strategies and facilitating educational activities.
So far, I have been updating various promotional and informational materials for online and offline use. While researching news bites, reading the CEP work plan, reviewing new project proposals and the new UNEP CEP website, the role and tasks of the regional office have become much clearer in this first week. With a lot of reports, meetings and events not long away, I am certain this summer in Kingston will be a valuable experience for me.
As UNEP CEP consolidates and manages the national interests of many countries, one requires understanding that actions sometimes take a little longer.
Being held up at the immigration for a while, I realised that printing all travel documents is a good idea. On the other hand, learning the jungle of UN acronyms has been so far been a fun opportunity to play an environmental version of Scattergories!
German football tip: Also, if haven’t got Neymar on your team, make sure you have a German flag & Pretzels in your bag!