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Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC)

Thursday, 21st November 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Fellow Jamaicans,

As you may know, Jamaica is making significant strides to improve the engagement and involvement of our Diaspora in our nation’s development.  One major tool of engagement has been the Diaspora Advisory Board which has been in existence for the past 15 years.

Arising from discussions with Diasporans across the globe and other stakeholders, it became clear that there needed to be an expansion of the Board which would take into account Jamaicans from other regions who were not currently a part of the Board. Consequently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in collaboration with the current Diaspora Advisory Board Members discussed and agreed on the creation of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC).

The new Council will be established in January 2020. It is a more inclusive and expanded mechanism for deeper and wider collaboration among and within the Jamaican Diaspora.  The main role of the Council is to serve as an advisory and consultative body to create pathways for increased engagement with and involvement of the Jamaican Diaspora.

Membership of the Council will comprise twenty-eight (28) members to allow for global representation. Fourteen (14) will be elected from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Of the fourteen (14), seven (7) members will be Youth Leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 years who will also form part of this new engagement structure. Young people are critical to the sustainability of the Diaspora movement.

The first cohort of Youth Leaders for this Council will be appointed, given the establishment of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council (GJDYC).   The remaining 14 members will be selected from other regions including: Africa, Asia and the Pacific; the Middle East; the Caribbean; Latin America and Europe. The Council will also include persons with expertise from the following sectors: Education; Health and Wellness; Arts, Sports and Culture; Citizen Security; Development Issues; Faith-based Community and Commerce.

Electoral Committees are being formed in the respective locations to conduct and manage the logistics for the election of Global Jamaica Diaspora Council members.  The information, including the voter registration form and the nomination form, as well as the final slate of candidates are posted on the High Commission’s website and social media pages.

We are encouraging all Jamaicans whether by birth, descent, marriage, naturalisation or registration to offer yourself to become a member of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council.  Similarly, your participation by way of voting is essential to the election process.  

The Mission would also appreciate, in particular, the support of community leaders and organizations in the UK, in promoting this important election process.

Please find attached for your information, the following documents:

Briefing Notes on the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC), inclusive of an illustrative chart of the new membership structure;

Terms of Reference and Election process for members to the GJDC; and

Frequently Asked Questions on the GJDC.

Thank you for your sustained interest in Jamaica.  We look forward to your participation in this important process and invite you to send any questions or comments to Contact Us/Feedback.





Commonwealth Countries League Fair (CCL) 2019

Saturday, 9th November 2019

Please join us at the annual Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) Fair, sheduled to be held at the Kensington Town Hall.

Please click HERE for more information. 


Kensington Town Hall Hornton St, Kensington London W8 7NX



Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Jamaica Moves (UK) Health, Wellness and Family Fun-day, which was scheduled to take place at Talacre Park, KentishTown on 25th August 2019, has been postponed until further notice.

A new date will be communicated shortly.

Thank you for your support of this important initiative and we look forward to your continued engagement #MakeHealthyHappenNow.


The prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases is of immense social and economic significance to Jamaica, given among other things, the associated health costs and impact to families and our economy.  In this regard, the Government of Jamaica has been taking decisive steps towards reducing risks.  These include; through implementation of policies for schools to eliminate or reduce access to sugar drinks; encouraging persons to participate in at least thirty (30) minutes of physical activities per day; as well as encouraging good nutritional health policies and practices. 

 Through the Ministry of Health’s Adopt-A-Clinic programme, the High Commission has undertaken to promote the Jamaica Moves UK programme to raise awareness on Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) and to promote overall healthy lifestyle to Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica residing across the UK.

The Jamaica Moves programme, which is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, has received the endorsement of the World Health Organization (WHO), CARICOM Heads of Government, as well as the British High Commission, Kingston.  


Attached for information is the Jamaica Moves (UK) Physical Activity Guide




On the occasion of Jamaica’s 57th Anniversary of Independence, the Jamaican High Commission will host a Service of Praise and Thanksgiving on Saturday, 27th July 2019, commencing at 11 o’clock at the:

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street,

London SW1P 3DW 

Guests are being asked to be seated by 10:45 a.m.


Click Here - for more information.


The Emmanuel Centre 9-23 Marsham Street London SW1P 3DW



8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2019

Sunday, 16th June 2019 - Thursday, 20th June 2019


The 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference will be convened in Kingston, during the period 16th to 20th June 2019.  The theme of this year’s Conference is, “Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development”.  This recognises the synergies between our National Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes our Diaspora as an integral valued development partner.

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Kingston, Jamaica



Please be advised that a Book of Condolence has been opened for signing in honour of Jamaica’s 5th Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga, ON, PC, who passed away on Tuesday, 28th May 2019.

The Book of Condolence will remain open until Friday, 21st June 2019, during the hours of 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. at the Jamaican High Commission, 1-2 Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BZ.


Jamaican High Commission - 1-2 Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BZ



Windrush Compensation Scheme and Immigration Information Forum

Wednesday, 24th October 2018

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Are you or someone you know a member of the Windrush Generation?

Do you want to know more about the Windrush Compensation Scheme?

Do you have concerns about your status?

Then, come out and have your questions answered at this forum.  CLICK HERE  for more information.


Tottenham Town Hall - Town Hall Approach, London N15 4RY

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