Jamaica, world famous for legends like Bob Marley and Usain Bolt, reggae music and the movie ‘Cool Runnings’, is getting ready to leap into 2030.
On September 18 and 19, 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Headquarters in New York hosted its 5th Social Good Summit, where the UNDP Jamaica drew attention to Jamaica’s Vision 2030 by organising events and a competition under the theme “Connecting Today. Creating Tomorrow”.
The Vision 2030 was created to ensure that social, environmental and economic issues are tackled, and opportunities are pursued. The National Vision Statement reflects its goal to make “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business”.
Jamaica has already started working on some longstanding challenges, such as reducing violent crime, decreasing unemployment, increasing economic output and decreasing poverty, with additional focus of the Vision 2030 being on education, healthcare, culture, protection and development of children, tourism, infrastructure, equality, environmental protection and human rights.
The Summit was created to bring together thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs, innovators and technology drivers and encourage a discussion on how to use technology to address some of Jamaica’s most significant development challenges.
The UNDP Jamaica also encourages wider participation with its Technology Innovation Competition. The goal is to find visionaries that developed technology-enabled solutions that can help to enhance and improve the lives of persons in their countries. Participants can enter the UNDP Jamaica competition until September 30, 2016 at https://goo.gl/PUmgVl
UNICAF is encouraging motivated individuals to acquire the necessary knowledge to transform their visions into reality. The UNICAF Scholarship Programme offers students financial assistance to be able to pursue a higher education and earn an internationally recognised degree at one of UNICAF’s esteemed British, American, European and African partner universities.
For further information, visit www.unicaf.org