Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

OECS and UNICEF deepen cooperation to advance child and social development in the region
Published on August 28, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Khin-Sandy Lwin of UNICEF (L) with Director General of the OECS Commission Dr Didacus Jules

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) deepened their collaborative efforts on Tuesday through the signing of a new programme cooperation agreement to the tune of US$1.165 million.

This agreement is expected to further facilitate protection programmes in the region regarding the rights of children. Education and lifelong learning, monitoring, evaluation and social statistics, early childhood education as well as child and social protection are the intervention areas in the new programme cooperation agreement (PCA).

The original PCA between UNICEF and the OECS Commission was signed for the period 2012-2014 and following a mid-term review in 2014, this recent ceremony heralds the second phase of the PCA for another two-and-a-half-year term.

Director general of the OECS Commission Dr Didacus Jules commended UNICEF and its work in the Caribbean, highlighting its ongoing advocacy for children’s rights and the protection of young people. Jules welcomed the newly signed agreement as one which will build on the many gains of the first PCA.

He said the emphasis in this new agreement is to make the collaboration “bite” effectively in key areas so that the most vulnerable persons receive the deserved benefits through more efficient research.

Jules noted the need for enhanced attention to early childhood education programmes with more focus on children ranging from zero to five years of age. He emphasized the need to give more attention to this age group, suggesting that this, as research has shown, will impact positively on performance results at the secondary level.

The United Nations Children’s fund values the OECS Commission as an international partner organisation that shares UNICEF’s values and principles, and has a special ability to undertake activities that are crucial for implementing the UNICEF Eastern Caribbean area programme.

UNICEF also recognises that the OECS shares a commitment to the principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

The deepened collaboration is described as strategic for strengthening regional harmonization, capacity building, learning, standardization and exchanges among OECS full members and associate member states for various results. The budget for the new programme cooperation agreement between the UNICEF and the OECS Commission is US$1.165 million.

Khin-Sandy Lwin of UNICEF, who signed the agreement with Jules, reiterated the need to support and implement further programmes for child and youth development despite the harsh financial challenges affecting the countries of the Eastern Caribbean.

The UNICEF official acknowledged the value of the relationship with the OECS as a fundamental and critical platform for facilitating dialogue and implementation of key interventions for the advancement of children in the region.
Reads: 6627

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: