November 15, 2004

NEWS / AWARDS: Caribbean Media Awards For Jamaica

HBN, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Fri. Nov. 12: Officials of the Caribbean arm of the United Nations Population Fund will acknowledge media workers for reporting on adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights issues, in Jamaica next Friday.

The 2004 media awards is slated for the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston on Friday, November 19 and cash prizes will be given to several Caribbean journalists in print, radio and television categories as well as the new Â?youthÂ? and Â?diasporaÂ? reporter categories.

The theme of the awards, which are co-produced by international non-profit organization Counterpart International, is Â?Caribbean Youth and HIV/AIDS: A Positive View.Â? Judges throughout the Caribbean and North America scored entries on such subjects such as curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS, combating early initiation of sexual activity, fostering behavioral change, promoting gender equality, sexual exploitation (including sex tourism) and the connections between population, poverty reduction and sustainable development, a statement from the group said.

Of the 35 million people living in the Caribbean, approximately eight million are between the ages of 10 and 24.

UNFPA will also support Counterpart International's inaugural CMExPress, a one-day version of the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) series earlier the same day, which matches movers and shakers in the media fraternity with public and private sector hospitality industry stakeholders to discuss sustainable tourism and its linkages to other sectors of the Caribbean economy. Â?

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