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PIOJ seeking Sustainable Development Goals Champions

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are inviting members of the public to nominate persons who could be recognised as Jamaican Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champions by June 30.

Nominees must be Jamaican individuals or groups, often working quietly, without national or media recognition in various areas of service, including communities, agriculture, the poor and the disenfranchised, to right wrongs and injustices, to save the terrestrial and marine environment, to educate the future generations, to innovate new goods and services , or to advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

"Their work, service and impact must make a direct connection to one of the 17 SDGs. Although their work may cover more than one of the 17 goals, one goal should be predominant. A nominee can only be nominated in one of the 17 SDG categories," a statement from the PIOJ reads.

The 17 SDGs are the universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all individuals live in peace and prosperity.

The impact of the SDG Champions will be highlighted and celebrated at PIOJ, United Nations and UNDP events throughout the year.

"The champions will be invited to participate in promotional events, including photo shoots, video productions and events designed to promote or advocate for the SDGs. Participation is a voluntary activity and not for financial gain," said the PIOJ.

The nomination process, including detailed information on all 17 SDGs, is located on the PIOJ, UN Jamaica and UNDP Facebook pages, and nominations will be accepted online by text, video and audio.

The SDG Champions programme will immediately follow Jamaica's Voluntary National Report on the progress of sustainable development in the country to the United Nations on the Sustainable Development Goals in New York on July 17.

Jamaica is recognised internationally for having a 91 per cent alignment with the 17 global SDGs in the national development plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com