Jamaica undertakes major assessment of its food systems ahead of global UN Food Systems Summit

Another important event tomorrow: the opening of consultations in Kingston on an assessment of Jamaica’s food systems – in other words, agricultural production and output. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. You can watch the opening ceremony on the PIOJ’s Facebook page tomorrow (Tuesday, … More Jamaica undertakes major assessment of its food systems ahead of global UN Food Systems Summit

Streets for Life: UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off with a plea for lower speeds

For People and Planet. The theme of the United Nations’ sixth Global Road Safety Week is #StreetsforLife. The week started today (May 17) and will continue until Sunday, May 23. The week also represents the launch of a new Decade of Action for Road Safety to achieve the Global Goals. Do watch the official launch … More Streets for Life: UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off with a plea for lower speeds

Women’s voices raised on gender-based violence in Jamaica

The viral video that surfaced earlier this month, and subsequent calls for the alleged perpetrator, a Member of Parliament, to resign, continue to reverberate. Many statements and concerns expressed by various organizations have spoken out strongly on the issue. Here are the voices of some women from a grouping of ten women’s organizations and some … More Women’s voices raised on gender-based violence in Jamaica

Make Peace With Nature: a Ground-Breaking Speech by the UN Secretary-General

What has been said about the deteriorating state of our Planet that hasn’t been said before? Well, there have been many words spoken (and less action). Moreover, many of our governments around the world are not just doing nothing – we seem to be deliberately heading in the wrong direction. I am not really big … More Make Peace With Nature: a Ground-Breaking Speech by the UN Secretary-General

Just a Quick Bird Note: Saturday, October 17 is a Special Birding Day

Birders the world over are always happy to have an excuse, an impetus, an encouragement to dash out there and start looking for birds (and counting them). Bird lists are wonderful. And for Caribbean bird sleuths, whether amateurs, professionals or just interested, there is eBird Caribbean, a site where you can contribute to the knowledge … More Just a Quick Bird Note: Saturday, October 17 is a Special Birding Day

Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing

Today, October 1, 2020, is the International Day of Older Persons. The theme (like most other themes for discussions and commemorations, these days) includes reference to the ever-present virus: Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing? According to the United Nations: “Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in … More Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing

Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge

Our tourism sector has not yet emerged from the doldrums. In Jamaica, while battling COVID-19 with what appear to be depleting resources, we “opened up” to tourism on June 15. Now, close to one month later, we seem to be just feeling our way. Nevertheless, our ever-upbeat Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett told us a few … More Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

Today (Thursday May 28) Jamaica thankfully had a fourth day without any new cases of COVID-19. We had five more recoveries, which means around half of our 569 total cases. As for testing, we have done a total of 11,460, with 33 results pending. We tested 201 samples in the last 24 hours – which … More COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

Spotlight Initiative Launched to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

I mentioned the Spotlight Initiative, a partnership between the Jamaican Government, the European Union and the United Nations, in my last blog post. The initiative was officially launched today at the Office of the Prime Minister. You can watch the recording of the ceremony on Facebook here. Unfortunately I missed the ceremonies, but I understand that … More Spotlight Initiative Launched to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls