Minister Thomas informs UN of Grenada’s moves to empower the vulnerable

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:55 PM - George's, Grenada
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NEW YORK, April 8, 2014 – GIS: Grenada's Social Services Minister, Hon Delma Thomas, told a United Nation's conference on Tuesday, that the government in St George's is determined to adopt policies to ensure the empowerment of its vulnerable people.

"Grenada's commitment is only limited by its resources. And in that regard, the support of our international partners will be crucial for us to achieve the stated goals," Minister Thomas said.

Thomas was addressing the 47th International Conference on Population and Development attended by delegates of over 150 countries.

The conference has been discussing the progress of the various countries on a 20-year programme aimed at empowering people around the world.

Minister Thomas noted that even in a time of structural adjustment, the Grenada government is putting more resources to help the country's poor and vulnerable.

She appealed for additional commitment from donor agencies to help the Grenada government to assist even more people.

In terms of progress at home, Minister Thomas highlighted the investment in the Imani youth programme and efforts to reform the juvenile justice system as programmes aimed at ensuring that "the vulnerable do not fall through the cracks."

"We are also particularly pleased and excited with the investment we have made in training the youth of our nation so that they will be better able to empower themselves," Minister Thomas reported.

"Our government regards this as an important investment in the concept of empowerment and human independence," she said.

Thomas noted that the government, only a few weeks ago, launched "a new social enhancement regime that will ensure that more people who are in danger of falling through the cracks are directly helped through a series of programmes so that they will be able to find their feet again."

She also reported that the Government is pushing ahead on the issue of juvenile justice reformation.

"We are cognizant of the need to overhaul the system to ensure that at-risk youths are properly and effectively rehabilitated," the Social Services Minister said.

"We intend to complete a long delayed juvenile centre in the east of the island, and will need additional support in helping to establish the centre and then subsequently, in helping to ensure its efficient operations," Minister Thomas said.









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