Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Lt. Col. Oral Khan, says that while Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as Jamaica, are not the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, they must play a part in the mitigation agenda.He said that as Jamaica works towards Vision 2030, “we recognise that we not only have to adapt to the impacts of climate change, but also support appropriate mitigation policies and actions, if we are to achieve this goal”.Lt. Col. Khan was bringing greetings at the opening ceremony for the Analysis and Investigation for Low Emission Growth (AILEG) project symposium on Tuesday, July 9, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.The AILEG project, which is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), helps to build the capacity of the Government and key stakeholders to analyze low emission development strategies (LEDS), and integrate them into economic development, strategic planning, and implementation.LEDS accelerate sustainable economic growth and investments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience. Through AILEG, the government can find cost-effective, sustainable options in climate policy planning, economic modeling, and impact analysis.The Chief Technical Director said that as developing countries such as Jamaica try to find solutions that will enable growth, interventions such as AILEG will “put us in an informed position to enable us to attract investments in low emission technologies and projects”.He pointed out that under the AILEG project, “we have an opportunity to balance our efforts and concentrate on mitigation efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission and play our part. Such action must lead to win-win mitigation solutions aimed not only at reducing emissions, but also reducing cost and pollution”.Adding that the Ministry stands to benefit significantly from this project, he said it is anticipated that the outcomes of the initiative will help to build capacity in a number of critical areas, especially those units that will have the responsibility to coordinate and drive all activities relating to climate change across government.In her remarks, Mission Director, USAID, Denise Herbol said “you all are doing it right…getting the policy right first before seeking to invest resource and programming, to ensure that you do smart investment of those resources.”Issues being explored during the two-day symposium include: low emission growth for development; analysis and investment for low emission growth; LED development strategy in the Jamaican context; requirements for low emission considerations in national planning; and the status and way forward for policy, programming, planning and financing for climate change.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Lions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrate life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF, have announced the winner of the 2016 Young Lions Health Award.The competition called upon communication and marketing professionals under the age of 30 to submit integrated marketing toolkits that aim to raise awareness among caregivers about the importance of play in fostering children’s cognitive, social and emotional development in the critical early years of life. The ideas will be used as part of UNICEF’s overall communication outreach on Early Childhood Development.Eleanor Howe and Lina Benmansour of DigitasLBi, France, won with Unicef Brain Food. Their idea answered the brief innovatively, by using everyday objects to stimulate play, and providing creative ways for caregivers to interact with children.The competition drew 112 entries which were judged by a team of industry experts and special guests, including UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira; Alexandra von Plato, Group President, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group; and Josh Prince, President, The CDM Group.“It is scientifically proven that development in the early years of life allows children to become creative, engaged, life-long learners – it can shape their entire future,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira. “That’s why it was truly inspiring to see the creative ideas presented to help shine a spotlight on the importance of early childhood development. The winning idea not only has the potential to give early childhood development the prominence it deserves, but also to achieve real results for children. It doesn’t get more exciting than that.”Louise Benson, Festival Director, Lions Health, said, “We were thrilled to receive such an exciting range of entries and it was a tough decision for our panel to pick just one winner. This award not only supports young industry talent, but also raises crucial awareness to help improve the wellbeing of young children across the world.”To enter the competition, individuals or teams of two were set the challenge of creating either a three minute presentation film or eight image PDF that answered a communications brief issued by UNICEF. The competition was free to enter and open to young agency and client executives.“It is remarkable that young marketers from across the world have created toolkits that will help to raise awareness about the importance of early nurturing care and protection for children’s development. We are grateful for their inspiration and ideas. It is a pleasure to work with Lions Health and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira on this initiative,” said UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development, Pia Britto.As part of their prize, the winners of the Young Lions Health Award are attending Lions Health on 18-19 June in Cannes, France, where they will receive their award during the official ceremony attended by close to 1,000 experts from the healthcare communications industry.UNICEF will also host a related session as part of Lions Health, exploring how to ensure the next generation of young people has the creative talent to change the world and how development in a child’s early years can nurture their creative future. Speakers will include Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Philanthropy and Impact, Sesame Workshop; Al Race, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University; Deepa Grover, Regional Adviser for Early Childhood Development, UNICEF and Jack Leslie, Chairman, Weber Shandwick.
APTN InFocusHave you ever wondered how an investigative news story comes together? How journalists get to the bottom of complex topics and uncover things that otherwise, wouldn’t come to light?On this addition of APTN’s InFocus, host Melissa Ridgen sits down with the APTN Investigates team to discuss some of their favorite moments and the work behind the camera that audiences don’t get to see.Celebrating its 10th year on the air, APTN Investigates has continually dug deep into stories that mainstream media sometimes misses, or just ignores.The program has won 21 journalism awards in those 10 years, making it one of the best-performing investigative journalism units in the country.Producer, Holly Moore was working with mainstream news agencies when she decided she wanted to cover stories that were more meaningful and do work that would have an impact.“One of the biggest crimes in this country are crimes perpetrated on Indigenous people and there is really is a high level of accountability possible,” Moore said. “So I started to see that Indigenous investigative journalism — (APTN was) the only one doing it.”“You think about the content and my theory is if you’re going to be an investigative journalist in this country, this is where you should be looking for stories.” Moore said.” If you’re truly interested in holding powerful forces to account and you’re interested in giving voices to voiceless people, then everybody should be working”The work of an investigative reporter can be long and tiring. Tracking down leads, confirming tips and navigating government red tape.Christopher Read, the newest member of the investigative team, said it can be a challenge.“In terms of knowing how long to go down a certain rabbit hole before deciding it‘s not going to pay off, especially when you’re looking into a story that happened 40 plus years ago, you can spend a lot of time just calling every person with a certain last name in a phone book in a certain area, that kind of thing,” Read said, of how the process can be [email protected]