Press Release

EU-UN-funded Spotlight Initiative in collaboration with CARICOM and partners hosts inaugural Caribbean Youth Summit

22 November 2023

One of the significant activities undertaken in 2023 as part of the Spotlight Initiative Caribbean Regional is the Caribbean Youth Summit (CYS). The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is staging the inaugural CYS in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Youth Council, Jamaica’s Ministry of Education and Youth.

The Summit is being presented with the kind support of the Recipient United Nations Organisations of the European Union-funded United Nations Spotlight Initiative Caribbean Regional programme: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN), and Participating United Nations Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The CYS will bring together various categories of young people and critical stakeholders from across the Caribbean region to share ideas, experiences, and good practices, to develop solutions to address gender-based violence and cross-cutting issues over four days in Kingston, Jamaica.

Your media house is invited to attend in person or join us virtually:

Event: Caribbean Youth Summit

Date: 22-25 November 2023

Time:  8:30 a.m. daily Jamaica time or 9:30 a.m. AST

Location: AC Hotel, 38-42 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica

Virtually: Zoom -

Meeting ID: 812 9356 8176

Passcode: 06612365

Speakers on Day 1 include:

  • Ambassador of the European Union to Jamaica - H.E. Marianne Van Steen;
  • Minister of Education and Youth – Jamaica, Hon. Fayval Williams;
  • Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Jamaica, Hon. Olivia Grange;
  • Minister of Justice, Jamaica, Hon. Delroy Chuck, KC,
  • Resident Coordinator a.i. and UNAIDS Country Director Jamaica, Belize, Suriname and the OECS, Richard N. Amenyah
  • Representative and Director, UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, Elizabeth Talbert; Representative UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean, Tonni Brodber;
  • Assistant Secretary-General, Directorate of Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Alison Drayton



Michele Small-Bartley

Deputy Programme Manager, Youth Development, Human and Social Development Directorate,

CARICOM Secretariat


Tel: +592 684 9511


Lisa Legall Belgrave

Regional Communications Officer – Spotlight Initiative


Tel: +246 836 6183




UN entities involved in this initiative

UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Children’s Fund

Goals we are supporting through this initiative