Following a recent visit to the United Nations Children’s Fund Barbados office, Health and Human Services Chief Officer Diane Montoya said that Cayman could benefit significantly from entering into a partnership with the organization.
‘This international body would not only provide technical expertise as needed, but could also facilitate dialogue with regional and sub-regional organisations on the development and review of policies and programmes impacting the lives of our children,’ she explained.
Mrs Montoya met with representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Tom Olsen to discuss procedures for establishing a working relationship. She also presented him with a copy of the National Assessment of Living Conditions’ main report.
‘The first step will be for our government to write a letter of intent. Then, once a representative has visited Cayman, a Basic Co-operation Agreement will be signed authorizing the organisation to support us as set out in its Country Programme Action Plans,’ Mrs. Montoya said.
UNICEF engages in a broad range of partnerships with countries, and through the Barbados area office it supports programmes in ten Caribbean countries, including three British Overseas Territories-the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, and Turks & Caicos.
In the partnership countries, UNICEF focuses primarily on advocacy, social policy development and capacity building to advance children.
Mrs. Montoya also met with Barbadian government representatives to learn more about that island’s structure of childcare services.