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Civil Society groups to meet in Ocho Rios next week

Posted: April 6, 2012

Representatives from over 45 civil society organizations in 17 countries across the Caribbean, will be meeting in Jamaica next week, to identify strategies aimed at what they call, keeping people at the centre of development.

The meeting will be held on April 12 and 13 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel in Ocho Rios St. Ann.

In a release, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says participants will discuss plans made almost 18 years ago to work towards improving the lives of the regions poor and vulnerable.

The 20-year action plan to improve the quality of life for all people is dubbed the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action”.

The UNFPA says with just two years remaining before the 20th Anniversary of the programme, it needs to find out if governments’ have kept their promise to the world’s poor, and are being held accountable.

Director of the UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, Geeta Sethi, says in meetings held recently with the Prime Ministers of Jamaica and Trinidad, both expressed their resoluteness in pursuing people centred development.

Ms. Sethi, however, notes that there is a need for the support of influential individuals and organizations, including civil society.

She says the 2-day meeting will allow for discussions of the 20-year commitment, identify strategies and actions that can be taken towards advancing the programme, as well as sensitize civil society organizations about the plans.

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