UNESCO in Jamaica



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.


Hon. Olivia Grange, CD, MP Chairperson
Mr. Lenford Salmonmr-lenford-salmon-deputy-chairman Vice – Chairperson/ Senior Advisor to Hon. Minister
Hon. Floyd Greenhon-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-Robertsambassador-marcia-gilbert-roberts  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Professor Ronald Youngprofessor-ronald-young  Office of Graduate Studies & Research, UWI
Chairperson, Science Advisory Committee 
Prof. Lloyd Wallerdr-lloyd-waller Department of Government, UWI (Mona)
Chairperson, Social & Human Science Advisory Committee
Ms. Nadeen Spencems-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 Greenmr-cordell-green Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission
ChairpersonInformation Advisory Committee
Mr. Cliff Hughesmr-cliff-hughes Nationwide News
ChairpersonCommunication Advisory Committee
Mr. Orville Byfieldmr-orville-byfield Coach/Dept. Head, UTECH
Ms. Giselle Jonesms-giselle-jones Advisor/Consultant, Ministry of Tourisms
Ms. Joy Douglasms-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:
  1. Communication
  2. Information
  3. Culture
  4. Education
  5. Natural Sciences
  6. Social & Human Sciences
  • Adhoc Committees:
  1. Youth Committee
  2. Memory of the World Committee
  3. Man and the Biosphere Committee
  4. National Bioethics Committee (NBCJ)
  5. UNESCO Clubs
  6. ASPnet.


CONVENTIONS RATIFIED Date of deposit of instrument
Type of instrument
EDUCATION Convention against Discrimination in Education
Paris, 14 December 1960
 16/03/2006 Ratification
Natural Science
Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat
Ramsar, l2 February 1971
-Protocol, Paris, 3 December 1982
 07/10/1997 Accession
Human and Social Science
International Convention against Doping in Sport
Paris, 19 October 2005
02/08/2006 Ratification
Convention relating to the Distribution of Programme-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite
Brussels, 21 May 1974
 12/10/1999 Accession
CULTURE Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage
Paris, 2 November 2001
Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Paris, 17 October 2003
http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/doc/src/01851-EN.pdf ICH01910-MED
 27/09/2010 Ratification
Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Paris, 20 October 2005
 04/05/2007 Ratification
Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Paris, 16 November 1972
 14/06/1983 Accession
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms against Unauthorized Duplication of their Phonograms
Geneva, 29 October 1971
 07/10/1993 Accession
International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
Rome, 26 October 1961
 27/10/1993 Accession