Joined UNESCO: 07/11/1962

Head of State and/or Government

Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation: The Hon. Andrew Holness

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Mrs Sheila Sealy Monteith
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (03/09/2018)

Permanent Delegation of Jamaica to UNESCO
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National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson: H. E. Ms. Olivia Grange, CD, MP
Secretary-General: Everton Hannam, JP

Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO
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Representation in the Executive Board

The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Title Name Years Sessions
MemberMr Hector Wynter1970-197686-100
ChairpersonMr Hector Wynter1974-197696-100
MemberMs Phyllis Claire MacPherson-Russell1980-1981111-112
MemberMr Hector Wynter1981-1985112-122
Member/RepresentativeMr Rex Nettleford1991-1995138-147
Representative2007- 2009178-182
Representative2017- 2021203-212

Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference

Executive Board
Member (Term expires : 2021)
Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Member (Term expires : 2022)

Councils of UNESCO's Institutes and Centres

Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (former UNESCO Institute for Education, UIE)
Member : Ms Angela BROWN-BURKE
Governing Board of the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
Representatives of Member States : Henry-Wilson Maxine (Term expires : 38th General Conference)

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

37 session of the General Conference

Ms Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth and Culture of Jamaica

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

37 session of the General Conference

S. E. Mme Lisa Hanna, Ministre de la jeunesse et de la culture de la Jamaïque

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Ms Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Jamaica to Belgium, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 session of the General Conference

The Honourable Olivia Grange M.P., Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture

“We have witnessed the election of our first female Director-General (…). I also recognize the outgoing Director-General for his contribution and commitment to UNESCO’s ideals. (…) As Member States, we therefore must fulfil our obligations in providing the budgetary and extra-budgetary support which will allow UNESCO to achieve its and goals as outlined in the Medium-Term Strategy.”
“We must strengthen action that will address the vulnerable globally; and in particular, the Small Island Developing States in their totality. Some of the areas we must address are:
• Social intervention focusing on the particular needs of each region. For example, in the Caribbean where our boys are at risk in so many ways;
• Intensifying our efforts in achieving universal primary education by 2015 and the elimination of gender disparity;
• Environmental sustainability and move quickly in the drafting of a Declaration on Ethical principles on climate change;
• The fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
• Supporting youth development programmes geared towards social inclusion.
• The importance of culture and the creative industries in wealth creation and poverty alleviation.
• The strategic role of ICTs in the creation of a knowledge based society and the importance of access to information.”
“We have intensified our efforts in providing access to quality education through improved infrastructure, removal of school fees, ensuring compulsory attendance, proper nutrition and educational material, the increase of highly trained teachers, and accountability for literacy.”
“(…) Jamaica has established a National Bioethics Committee and is actively engaged in discussions pertaining to human cloning and international governance. We applaud the IOC’s promotion of the sustainable management of freshwater, ocean and terrestrial resources as well as disaster preparedness and mitigation, and welcome the steps taken towards the creation of tsunami early warning systems in the region.”
“Jamaica was pleased to have hosted the UNESCO International Congress on Sport for Development and Peace last year. Jamaica has been blessed with excellent sportsmen, sportswomen (…). UNESCO, in recognizing these achievements, has awarded Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, five-time Olympic medalist, as UNESCO Champions for Sport.”
“We remain deeply committed to the protection and preservation of our cultural heritage and the building of cultural industries. We have nominated three sites to the World Heritage Tentative List; we are satisfied with the consensus concerning preferential treatment for developing countries in the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.”
“Our underwater cultural heritage is not only important because of the material treasures that lie at the bottom of the ocean, but it cradles the remains of our ancestors who were forcefully taken from the continent of Africa, but did not make the shores of Jamaica.”

34 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Andrew Holness, Minister of Education

“Jamaica pledges its continued support for the reforms being pursued by the Director-General and to add greater value to the outcomes of the work of UNESCO.”
Jamaica looks forward to increase collaboration with the Caribbean cluster office to undertake the implementation of the Programme and Budget for the 2008-2009 period.
Jamaica is seeking to resume its membership of the Executive Board and shall seek to ensure the effective implementation of the proposed five-year Medium-Term Strategy.
It is essential for Jamaica to maintain at current levels the funding of the Fellowship and Participation Programmes in order to achieve national goals.
Jamaica has ratified the Convention against Discrimination in Education, the Convention against doping in sports and the Convention on Cultural Diversity and Artistic Expression.
The main aim for the Government is to ensure equity and equality in education, to improve schools management and infrastructures, to combat violence in schools and achieve a decentralisation policy. Jamaica will need UNESCO’s help and expertise to face these challenges.
Jamaica will work actively to establish the pilot National Bioethics Committee to research renewable energy, climate change and science education.
“Jamaica attaches great significance to the biosphere and therefore regrets that in spite of the natural beauty of the Caribbean, no site in the sub region has hitherto been conferred with recognition in the World Biosphere Reserves.”
Jamaica wants to have the Blue Mountains National Park inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. CARICOM countries have agreed to establish a regional heritage fund to increase the number of Caribbean World Heritage sites.
Jamaica also supports the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and looks forward to further support from UNESCO in the Slave Route project. A memorial in honour of the victims of slavery will be built in Jamaica with the help of UNESCO’s Member States.

Celebration of anniversaries

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, first national hero of Jamaica (Jamaica) (1987)

  • Reference document: 125 EX/Decisions.

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Alexander Bustamante, national hero of Jamaica (Jamaica) (1984)

  • Reference document: 119 EX/Decisions.