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GS2 2020 Conference

Caribbean Sustainable Cities Conference Archive 

Conference Moderators

Mr. Anthony

Drummonds

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Mr. Anthony Drummonds

Assistant Lecturer, Department of

Computer Sciences

Student Workshop 2:

Everything Digital – Covid-19 and

the Shift to Digital Life

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Mr. Trevion Manning

Director of Planning

St. James Municipal Corporation

Virtual Public Forum 1:

Lessons from Covid 19 – Health

emergency preparedness, people

isolation and public spaces management

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Mrs. Indi Mclymont-Lafayette

Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist

Panel 1:

Sustainability and the Climate Action Agenda

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 Mrs. Doreen Prendergast 

Technical Advisor, Public Policy and Sustainability

PLENARY 3:

SAFETY AND SECURITY – PEACEFUL AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES 

Conference Speakers

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 Dr. Joan Dove 

 Local Economic Development Officer, St.JMC 

Topic: UNHABITAT-PSUP

Covid-19 Response. 

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Mr. Dennis Chong 

 Faculty of The Built Environment, UTech

Topic: Mitigating the effects of intense weather in cities and communities.

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 Ms. Tamoy Sinclair 

 Disaster Coordinator,

St.JMC 

Topic: Emergency and disaster preparedness in a pandemic. 

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Dr. earl bailey

Faculty of The Built Environment, UTech,

Topic: Reading-off Hypothesis, Informing Sustainable Cities.

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Mr. Evan Cayetano 

 Inter-American Development Bank 

Topic: Non-renewable water in Caribbean utilities – A case for

turn-around.

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Dr. Orville Beckford 

Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, UWI Mona  

Topic: Urban renewal without attention to urban youths: Recipe

for city underdevelopment.

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 Ms. Larytha Fletcher 

Planning Institute of Jamaica 

Topic: Green, safe and smart: The role of urban planning in building resilient cities.

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 Mr. Chaplin Williams  

University of Technology, Jamaica 

Topic: Resilience in the Historic

Urban Landscape with Geographic

Information Systems. 

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Arch. Dr. Patricia Green 

University of Technology, Jamaica 

Topic: Resilience in the Historic

Urban Landscape with Geographic

Information Systems. 

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Ms. Tovia Elliot  

 Port Authority of Jamaica 

Topic: Sustainable & inclusive port towns: Jamaican experiences and lessons. 

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 Dr Ruth Potopsingh

 Faculty of The Built Environment, UTech

Topic: Mitigating the effects of intense weather in cities and communities.

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 Ms. Mona Sue Ho

Jamaica Social Investment Fund//UWI 

Topic: Scaling up social inclusion

in Marginalized Communities in Jamaica - Civil Registration, Gender and Disabilities.

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Prof. Carol Archer  

University of Technology, Jamaica 

Topic: Contesting the Urban Space: Creating a Smart City in Post

Modern History.

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 Mr. Laurence Neufville 

  Faculty of The Built Environment, UTech

Topic: Overcoming urban

settlement risks and solid waste management.

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  Dr. Lisabeth Crossman 

 Regional Psychiatrist, Western Regional Health Authority 

Topic:  Collective trauma and

social isolation. 

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Ms. Shunelle Nevers 

Jamaica Social Investment Fund 

Topic: Walk Good! Safe Passage:

A Road Safety Initiative for

Schools 

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 Ms. Mona Sue Ho 

Jamaica Social Investment Fund/UWI 

Topic: 

Behind the fence - Zinc fence removal and self-perception   

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Mr. Jason Scott  

University of Technology, Jamaica 

Topic: Urban Climate

Responsive Architecture

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 Mr. Ricardo Munroe  

Manager, Public-Private Partnership and Privatisation Division, DBJ

Topic: Developing Climate

Resilient Public-Private Partnerships. 

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 Mr. Mark Hylton 

 Port Authority of Jamaica 

Topic: Sustainable & inclusive port towns: Jamaican experiences and lessons. 

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Ms. Stephney Duhaney 

  Faculty of The Built Environment, UTech

Topic: Overcoming urban

settlement risks and solid waste management.

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 Ms. Zaneta Scott  

Housing Agency of Jamaica 

Topic: Hilltop badness: An assessment of the Influence of Informal Housing Regularization on crime reduction and public safety in Montego Bay 

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Prof. Carol Archer  

University of Technology, Jamaica 

Topic: Contesting the Urban Space: Creating a Smart City in Post

Modern History.

Conference Media

Press Releases

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Innovative approaches needed to develop sustainable cities, says Dr Prendergast

Campus Director, The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Western Jamaica Campus (WJC), Dr Patrick Prendergast, says innovative models and approaches are needed to enhance the process of developing sustainable cities and communities in Jamaica and the rest of the region, in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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Friday, November 6, 2020

British diplomat blames the rich for squatter settlements

British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad has argued that, contrary to popular, opinion society's affluent individuals are the ones responsible for the mushrooming of squatter settlements in urban areas — not poor informal settlers.

The diplomat has also called for a serious mulling over of gentrification, which is defined as the process of urban development in which a poor neighbourhood develops rapidly, over a period of time, changing to a high-value area.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

‘Don’t Ignore Rainwater Harvesting As A Water Source’ – NWC President

Mark Barnett, the president of the National Water Commission (NWC), believes that Jamaicans living in rural areas must be willing to use traditional methods of sourcing water, as it is not economically possible to expand water-piping infrastructures into every community and for every household.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

‘Insanity’ - Ahmad Bats For Underground Cables, Sewer Upgrades

British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad has labelled as “insanity” the practice of running utility cables above ground in a hurricane-prone country as he urged town planners to also upgrade sewerage systems as they push for development.

“What you also see is the reflection of insanity, where electrical cables continue to be located over ground in a hurricane-prone region, it is imperative that they go underground,” said Ahmad as he addressed architects as well as towns and city planners at the inaugural University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Western Jamaica Campus’ Caribbean Sustainable Cities Conference this week.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Ahmad: Don’t Blame The Poor For Shanty Towns

British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad has said that the poor should not be blamed for the plethora of shanty towns and informal settlements across the island as it is the rich, who, in creating towns and cities with high-rise buildings and insufficient housing, have left them out of the equation.

According to Ahmad, as cities grow, wealthy people in Jamaica and around the world move to erect houses, office buildings, and towers, displacing the poor in the process, forcing them to look elsewhere to create homes, which often results in informal settlements.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Hope for Mount Salem

St James ZOSO Community to get more benefits.

..."The deputy chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee pointed out that the long-term plan is to continue to work with the National Housing Trust and the Ministry of Housing to look at the housing programme that will be put in place for Mount Salem.

 

Sweeney was speaking to reporters following the opening ceremony of The University of the West Indies, Mona, Western Jamaica Campus (UWI-WJC), inaugural three-day Caribbean Sustainable Cities Conference, held under the theme: 'Go Green. Go Safe. Go Smart', at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, last week."

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GS2 Conference Day 1

10:00 a.m.   

 UN-HABITAT-PSUP/St. JMC  VIRTUAL PUBLIC FORUM 

5:00 p.m.   

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Lessons from Covid-19 Virtual Public Forum 

Health emergency preparedness and people isolation 

Moderator

Presenters

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Mr. Trevion Manning 

Director of Planning, St James Municipal Corporation 

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Topic: Covid-19 - The International Response.

Mr. Emrah Engindeniz 

Regional Programme Advisor, UN-HABITAT-PSUP 

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Topic: UNHABITAT-PSUP Covid-19 Response.

 Dr. Joan Dove 

 Local Economic Development Officer, St.JMC 

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Topic: Emergency and disaster preparedness in

a pandemic.  

 Ms. Tamoy Sinclair  

 Disaster Coordinator, St.JMC 

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Topic: Collective trauma

and social isolation. 

Dr. Lisabeth Crossman  

Regional Psychiatrist, Western Regional

Health Authority 

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

Speakers

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His Excellency Asif Ahmad, CMG

British High Commissioner to Jamaica

His Worship, Cllr. Leeroy Williams

Mayor of Montego Bay

 Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, JP 

 Custos of St. James 

Prof. Dale Webber

 Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The UWI Mona

Therese Turner-Jones

General Manager for the Caribbean and Country Representative Jamaica, IDB

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PLENARY 1: CLIMATE ACTION – TIME FOR CHANGE IS NOW

Keynote: Climate action and the realities of 1.5C

Moderator

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Patrick Prendergast 

Campus Director, UWI Mona WJC 

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Topic: Climate action and the realities of 1.5C 

Professor Michael Taylor 

Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology 

The University of the West Indies, Mona 

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Panel 1: The Caribbean at the Climate Change Table

Presenters

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Topic: Developing Climate Resilient

Public-Private Partnerships.

Ms. Tamoy Sinclair  

Disaster Coordinator, St.JMC 

Topic: Mitigating the effects of intense weather in cities and communities.

Dr. Ruth Potopsingh & Mr. Dennis Chong 

Faculty of The Built Environment, UTech, Jamaica 

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Topic: Reading-off hypothesis, informing sustainable cities.

Dr. earl bailey 

Faculty of The Built Environment, UTech,

Jamaica 

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Topic: Overcoming urban settlement

risks and solid waste management.

Mr. Laurence Neufville & Ms. Stephney Duhaney  

Faculty of The Built Environment, UTech, Jamaica 

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PLENARY 3: SAFETY AND SECURITY – PEACEFUL AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Keynote: Securing the future of a smart city on the rise

Moderator

Keynote Speaker

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Mrs. Doreen Prendergast  

Technical Advisor, Public Policy and Sustainability

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Topic: Securing the future of a smart

city on the rise.

Hon. Homer Davis, MP 

Minister of State, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development 

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PLENARY 2: PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE CARIBBEAN  & Panel 2: Urban planning, resilience and adaptation in water front cities 

Moderator

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Patrick Prendergast 

Campus Director, UWI Mona WJC 

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Topic: Building sustainable cities across the Caribbean – Challenges and opportunities 

Mr. Gilberto Chona 

Lead Specialist, Urban Development Economics, IDB 

Presenters

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Topic: Green, safe and smart: The

role of urban planning in building

resilient cities.

Ms. Larytha Fletcher 

Planning Institute of Jamaica  

Topic: Walk Good! Safe Passage:

A Road Safety Initiative for Schools 

Ms. Shunelle Nevers  

Jamaica Social Investment Fund 

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Topic: Sustainable and inclusive port towns: Jamaican

experiences and lessons.

Mr. Mark Hylton and Ms. Tovia Elliot 

Port Authority of Jamaica 

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Topic: Non-renewable water in Caribbean

utilities – A case for turn-around

Mr. Evan Cayetano 

Inter-American Development Bank 

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PLENARY 3: SAFETY AND SECURITY – PEACEFUL AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Keynote: Securing the future of a smart city on the rise

Moderator

Keynote Speaker

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Mrs. Doreen Prendergast  

Technical Advisor, Public Policy and Sustainability

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Topic: Securing the future of a smart

city on the rise.

Hon. Homer Davis, MP 

Minister of State, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development