Jamaica Hailed For Strides In Attaining Sustainable Development Goals

 Programme Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Richard Kelly (foreground), makes a point, while addressing the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) fifth Biennial Science and Technology Conference and Exposition at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston yesterday. Looking on is SRC Executive Director, Dr Cliff Riley. Photo Credit: Jamaica Gleaner

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is hailing the strides made by the Jamaican Government towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, by extension, the National Development Plan, Vision 2030.

UNDP Programme Specialist, Richard Kelly, cited steps taken to reduce poverty levels as well as unemployment.

"Our poverty rate in Jamaica is (trending) downward. There are still issues in rural areas, but, overall, our poverty rate is going down. In 2016, it dipped. Our unemployment rate has (also) dipped drastically to the point where we are saying that this is the best we are seeing it over the past decade," he said.

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