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National Commissions: UNESCO
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Latin America and the Caribbean

Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO
General Information
English NameJamaica National Commission for UNESCO

ISA Building, 3rd Floor
14-20 Port Royal Street

Phone(876) 967-9893;
(876) 618-1332/1333
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.jncunesco.gov.jm
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameH. E. Ms. Olivia “Babsy” Grange
StartedMarch 2016

NameEverton Hannam
Election Date1 October 2004
Mandated duration
StartedOctober 2004

Mr Everton Hannam, Secretary-General 2007

Date and Method of CreationFebruary 1965
Department attached toMinistry of Youth, Sports & Culture
Legislation DatesThe judicial text was accepted01/01/1965 and last revised
LegislationThe Commission has a Constitution, which dates back to 1965.
Documentation CentreThe Documentation Centre, which is administered by a partime professional librarian/documentalist and is in the process of being computerized, holds 2500 UNESCO publications. The Centre mainly welcomes researchers.
Structure of the CommissionThe Commission consists of the following bodies:
- The General Assembly,
- Executive Committee
- Six Advisory Committees & 5 Adhoc Committees,
- The Secretariat.
Members/CompositionThe Membership of the Commission, which comprises 16 persons, is composed of Parliamentarians, Ministers, Academics, Representatives of National Organizations and the Media and the Secretary General.
Executive CommitteeComprises of : Mrs. Faith Innerarity, Senator Warren Newby, Dr. Maria Smith, Mrs. Andrea Shepherd-Stewart, Mrs. Merline Bardowell, Mr. Hugh Nash and Secretary General, Mr. Everton Hannam
General AssemblyThe Commission has a 16 member National Commission that meets in plenary session every two months
Committees or Sub-CommitteesThe Commission has 6 Advisory and 5 Adhoc Committees which meet every two months. The Committees are for: Education, Science and Technology, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication, Information for All, Youth, Memory of thje World, Man & the Biosphere, and UNESCO Clubs and the Associated Schools Project.

The National Commission manages the UNESCO Clubs of the country through a National Co-ordination affiliated to the WFUCA.
Committees/Sub-Committees Details
Number of Committees or Sub-Committees11
Sub-committee Topics[X] Education
[X] Science
[X] Social Sciences
[X] Culture
[X] Communication
[X] Youth
[X] Other
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe National Commission co-operates with the National Commissions in the Caribbean Cluster and maintains relationships with other Commissions in Latin America and other geographical regions. Curently JNC-UNESCO is spearheading efforts to have the English-speaking Caribbean countries nominate and establish Biosphere Reserves sites