Hon. Lisa Hanna: Chair
Dr. Donald Rhodd: Vice - Chair
Miss Andrene Blackwin: Dir, Youth Policy & Programmes, NCYD
Mr. Keitho Nembhard: Youth Rep, Mandeville, Manchester
Professor Ronald Young: Science Expert
Mrs. Janice Miller: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade
Mrs. Diedra Coy: PIOJ
Tracy Ann Thomas: NGO/Civil Society Rep
Dr. Dorothy Raymond: Jamaica Teachers’ Assoc.
Mrs. Everlyn Craig Brow: Private Sector
Mr. Mark Thomas: JAMPRO (Creative Industries)
Mr. Lincoln Robinson: Information/Comm. Expert
Ms. Cheryl Brown: Jamaica Rep to Int’l Bioethics Committee
Ministry of Education Rep.
Mr. Everton Hannam: Secretary-General

Ambassador Vilma McNish is Jamaica's new Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Permanent Representative to the European Union and UNESCO. Ambassador McNish is expected to assume duties in April, 2012.

The National Bioethics Committee of Jamaica (NBCJ) invites all to a Public Forum “The Role of Bioethics in National Development” Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. The Anglican Church Hall, St. John’s Anglican Church, Milford Road, Ocho Rios, St. Ann "POSTPONED"

In the second year of the Assisting Bioethics Committees (ABC) Project, a second training course is to be held for members of the recently-established "POSTPONED"... Read more

UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts" in the English & Dutch speaking Caribbean".

Hon. Lisa Hanna, new Minister with responsibility for UNESCO.

Hon. Minister Lisa Hanna and Secretary General Everton Hannam during his courtesy call.


Mr. Hugh Nash Chairperson Advisor, Culture and Community Development
Mr. Dorrick Gray Vice-Chair Technical Director of Archaeology, Jamaica National Heritage Trust
Ms. Tanya Batson-Savage   Director of Cultural Policy and Monitoring, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MYSC)
Ms. Elizabeth Morrison   Natural History Division, Institute of Jamaica
Mrs. Barbara Blake-Hannah   Film Consultant
Mr Vernal Weir Jr   General Manager, JACAP
Mr. Jason Wynter   National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD)
Ms. Hema Gurung   Programme Specialist, UNESCO Caribbean Office
Mr. Marlon Beadle   Executive Director, Jamaica Conservation Development Trust
Mr. Winston Ewart   Music Specialist
Mr. Eugene Williams   Director School of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Rebecca Tortello   Adviser, Minister of Education
Mr. John Maxwell   Consultant
Ms. Alicia Reid   Attorney-at-Law, Attorney-General’s Chamber
Mrs. Doolarie Hopkinson   Librarian/Documentalist, JNC-UNESCO
Mr. Everton Hannam   Secretary-General, JNC-UNESCO
Dr. Maria Smith   Programme Manager, JNC-UNESCO


Caribbean Training Course in the Preparation of Nomination Dossiers for World Heritage


Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados inscribed on World Heritage

The World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in June 2011 inscribed 25 new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List which now numbers 936. The Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, the first heritage site of Barbados, entered the World Heritage List this year. Barbados’ historic Bridgetown and its Garrison is an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. (Source: UNESCO Caribbean)



Mr. Hugh Nash, Vice Chair, Culture Advisory Committee, attended a Consultative meeting "UNESCO Award for Excellence for Handicrafts" in the Bahamas (11-12 April, 2011).

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition. See Photo Gallery

The Maroon heritage of Moore Town

The Maroon heritage of Moore Town has been listed on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Read more


UNESCO Sub-regional Workshop on the Cultural Diversity Programming Lens (CPDL) and UNESCO Sub-regional Meeting on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in the Caribbean was held in St. Georges, Grenada, 8-11 June 2010.

Objectives (CPDL):

  1. Familiarize participants with the Cultural Diversity Programming Lens, the main concepts and logic underlying its design and its application in concrete situations.
  2. Build a shared understanding of the interactions between cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and human rights within larger frameworks of sustainable development.
  3. Initiate the process of developing a customized lens, adapted in particular to cultural policies, projects and programmes related to the Caribbean.
Jamaica’s Cultural Policy was used as an example  of the information to be included in a culture policy. It was presented by Dr Maria Smith.

In looking at the Cultural Diversity Programming Lens a number of questions were raised.

  • How do we use the Lens to mainstream Culture Policy
  • How could we put a Caribbean perspective on the Lens.

It was felt that participants needed more exposure to the lens in particular the language used in the document. However
the lens could be used as a guide and a check list for Cultural Policies.

Objectives (ICH):

  1. Introduce the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  2. Learn about the status of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in the Caribbean.
  3. Draw up an action plan on ICH in the Caribbean.
All the countries represented made presentations on their Intangible Heritage. The sharing of information was one of the highlights of the meeting. The Social Practices, Cultural expressions, festivals, traditional dances, music, healing rituals, story telling, death rituals and practices across the Caribbean.
The need for sustained and serious research in the areas related was stressed.

Dr. Smith’s second presentation was on Jamaica’s Intangible Heritage with a special feature on the Maroons. The DVD of Moore Town Maroons submission to UNESCO, prepared by the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (ACIJ) for the submission of Moore Town as a World Heritage site, was shown.


Video Conference For International Day Of Remembrance Of The Victims Of Slavery And The Transatlantic Slave Trade

The United Nations Department of Public Information in collaboration with the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network hosted the 3rd Annual Student Videoconference  on 26 March 2010. Expressing Our Freedom Through Culture was the theme.
Jamaica’s participants were St. Andrew High, Ardenne High and St. Thomas Technical.

The programme was led by Dr. Sheila Walker and included:
Excerpt from “Slave Routes: A Global Vision”, a UNESCO film produced by Dr. Sheila Walker
“Defining Blackness” (Poem and Rap) - UN HQ Students
"Remembering the Impact of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Gambia through  Intercultural Dialogue”  (Slavery Song, Poem and Readings) - The Gambia Students
“The Contribution of Freed  Slaves to British Culture” - The UK Students          
“Celebration”. (Dance, Poems “Roll De Drums and “The Legacy”,and Drumming “Rhythm  of The People”) - Trinidad and Tobago Students
“Expressing our Freedom through Culture” - Ghana Students
Presentation - Cuba Students
Presentation - Amistad America
Presentation on the theme/Medley of songs - Jamaica Students
Legacy of Slavery” (Readings) and The New Complexion”  (Poem) - UN HQ  Students

Oji Robinson, St. Thomas Technical, presented the paper on the theme while Ardenne High led the group in a medley of Jamaican songs which ended with One Love. This had all the students from the different sites singing and dancing.

The Jamaican students and teachers were delighted with the videoconferencing format and especially as it was a first experience for all of them.

To view webcast visit

To learn more about the slave trade visit the “Lest We Forget: Triumph over Slavery” website (



Hon. Minister Olivia Grange (MYCS) signed documents to facilitate the declaration of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park as a World Heritage Site, by UNESCO. The signing took place during Wednesday's (Jan. 21, 2009) post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House. Looking on (from left) are: Executive Director, Jamaica National Heritage Trust JNHT, Laleta Davis Mattis; Chairman, Jamaica Conservation Development Trust (JCDT), Robert Stephens; Executive Director, JCDT, Susan Otuokon and Public Relations Officer for the Maroon Secretariat of Jamaica and Council member of the Charles Town Maroons in Portland, Colonel Frank Lumsden.

The Minister informed that the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park will be the first of several sites. Others to be nominated are Spanish Town, Port Royal, and the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.

If the JCDT is successful in its application the national park will join 850 other sites with that status and will be among only 50 that are recognized as both cultural and natural heritage sites. The World Heritage Committee will be discussing the nomination of the Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park at its 2010 meeting.


7-9 April, 2005: Mr. David Brown, then Senior Research Fellow at the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica attended a three day conference held by the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO on Cultural Policy in Development. He presented “Cataloguing Intangible Heritage – The Case Study of the Musical Heritage of the Moore Town Maroons, Jamaica”. The presentation shed light on the processes involved in first identifying, and then presenting a cultural form as a Candidate for the UNESCO Masterpiece Programme. A DVD of the 10-minute documentary on the Musical Heritage of the Moore Town Maroons that was submitted to UNESCO was also shown to the meeting. The discussions which took place centred on the need to catalogue regional traditional folk forms and practices as a first step toward protecting them.


  • Enhancement of the Fort Charles Museum Collection and support for the conservation of the Port Royal Collection.
  • Intercity Cultural Network International Conference for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cites. It will be hosted by Jamaica through KSAC 15-17 September 2009


The Convention on the Protection & Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions came into force on March 18, 2007. Jamaica’s instrument of Ratification for this Convention was deposited on 19 April 2007.

The Convention for the Underwater Cultural Heritage entered into force 2 January 2009.  It is awaiting ratification by Jamaica but Jamaica was represented at the required protocol meeting of “state parties,” in Paris 26-27 March 2009.


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In 1957-1958 the term “Participation Programme” was used for the first time in the Programme and Budget.

Originally, assistance was given to Member States for unplanned activities - “technical aid services for special activities”.

The Participation Programme is an integral part of the Organization’s biennial programme.