UNESCO in Jamaica
ABOUT THE COMMISSION
Jamaica became a member state of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO) on 7 November 1962. In accordance with Article VII of the Organization’s Constitution, the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO was established on 1 November, 1965 to:
– foster and coordinate the work of UNESCO in Jamaica
– keep the Jamaican public advised of this work
– advise the Government on all relevant matters pertaining to UNESCO’s areas of competence in:
- Education, Sciences (Natural Sciences, Human & Social Science), Culture, Communication and Information
The role of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO is to involve in UNESCO’s activities the various national, regional and international partners working for the advancement of education, science, culture, communication and information so that Jamaica may play an ever-increasing role in UNESCO’s work and particularly in the information and execution of is programmes.
The Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO works to achieve the following goals:
1. Promote the free flow of ideas and advance mutual understanding of all people
- By collaborating with UNESCO Member States the Commission promotes educational, scientific and cultural activities to develop equality for all.
2. Maintain, increase and disseminate knowledge
- The Commission encourages international exchange of expertise and facilitates sharing items of artistic and scientific significance.
3. Advise the Government of Jamaica on issues relevant to UNESCO’s objectives
- The Commission ensures that government ministries working to advance education, science, culture and information are involved in UNESCO’s activities.
4. Facilitate implementation of UNESCO’s programmes at the national level
- The Commission administers specific resolutions adopted at UNESCO’s General Conferences, consistent with Jamaican Government policies.
5. Publicize UNESCO fellowships, study grants and appointments
- The Commission offers educational opportunities under general direction of the appropriate government authority.
The Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO comprises 16 members representing the various areas of UNESCO’s competence. The Secretary General is part of the Commission which is chaired by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport under whose portfolio the National Commission now falls.
NATCOM BOARD, 2016-19
|Hon. Olivia Grange, CD, MP||Chairperson|
|Mr. Lenford Salmon||Vice – Chairperson/ Senior Advisor to Hon. Minister|
|Hon. Floyd Green||Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
Chairperson, Education Advisory Committee
|Sen. the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr.||Minister of State, Ministry of National Security
Chairperson, Youth Committee
|Amb. Marcia Gilbert-Roberts||Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade|
|Professor Ronald Young|| Office of Graduate Studies & Research, UWI
Chairperson, Science Advisory Committee
|Prof. Lloyd Waller||Department of Government, UWI (Mona)
Chairperson, Social & Human Science Advisory Committee
|Ms. Nadeen Spence||Student Services & Development Manager/Prog Coordinator, UWI|
|Mrs. Laleta Davis-Mattis||University Counsel Regional Headquarters, UWI/Chair, JNHT
Chairperson, Culture Advisory Committee
|Mrs. Roberta Ellis||Caribbean Representative, Cuso International|
|William Mahfood||Chairman, WISYNCO Group Ltd|
|Mr. Cordell Green||Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission
Chairperson, Information Advisory Committee
|Mr. Cliff Hughes||Nationwide News
Chairperson, Communication Advisory Committee
|Mr. Orville Byfield||Coach/Dept. Head, UTECH|
|Ms. Giselle Jones||Advisor/Consultant, Ministry of Tourisms|
|Ms. Joy Douglas||Chair, ODPEM
Chairperson, Man & the Biosphere Advisory Committee
|Mr. Everton Hannam, JP||Secretary-General, JNC-UNESCO|
The National Commission functions through a Secretariat, Advisory Committees and Adhoc Committees.
- Advisory Committees:
- Natural Sciences
- Social & Human Sciences
- Adhoc Committees:
- Youth Committee
- Memory of the World Committee
- Man and the Biosphere Committee
- National Bioethics Committee (NBCJ)
- UNESCO Clubs