The Planning Institute of Jamaica and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the I'm Glad I'm a Girl Foundation of Mary Seacole Hall, will collaborate to launch the 2016 State of the World Population Report (SWOP) on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the PIOJ, Don Mills Training Room. The focus of this year's report is the power of nations to ignite the potential of a 10-year-old girl to make a safe and healthy transition from adolescence to adulthood and become a productive member of society and is framed within the context of the new 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals.
The launch will take the format of a Girl's Conference. In the morning session, students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions as well as community youth leaders will be here to discuss issues affecting girls in Jamaica. The outcome of these discussions, which will take place in break-out sessions, will be presented in plenary to the relevant ministers at the afternoon session. The SWOP will be launched during this plenary session. The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Environment and Sports will give the keynote address and the Honourable Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will bring remarks.
The Awards Ceremony for the PIOJ/UNFPA National Essay Competition will be held at the close of the afternoon session.