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State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Delano Franklyn, will address the 2005 High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) on June 30, where he is expected to call on member states to reaffirm and reassert their commitment to development goals, including those contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
He told JIS News that, “Jamaica and the Group of 77 and China are extremely concerned that the global community has not been moving as expected to implement the global development goals and Thursday (June 30) will give us a clear idea as to where we are in terms of the implementation of these goals. It will also give us the opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to meet the 2015 deadline”.
According to Senator Franklyn, “concerns will be raised on the extent to which development issues are being given equal if not greater treatment to other issues.”
“The Group of 77 & China has been concerned for quite some time now that because of the unfortunate events of September 11, 2001, there has been a significant shift from development issues to security issues and while it is absolutely important for security issues to be treated in a manner that cannot be said to be under-estimated, it is now time that some equity be returned to the system and that the issue of development be reaffirmed and reasserted,” he stated.
He said that from the perspective of Jamaica’s chairmanship of the G-77 & China, Thursday’s debates and discussions, “will support the call for urgent reform not only as it relates to the Security Council but as it relates to all other institutions of the UN including ECOSOC.”
The three-day High-Level Segment, which started this morning (June 29) at the UN headquarters in New York, concludes on Friday, July 1.
The deliberations will inform the upcoming High-Level Review by the UN General Assembly, to review the progress made in the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, including the internationally agreed development goals and the global partnership required for their achievement

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