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Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce Karl Samuda left the island today for New York where he will represent Jamaica at the U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010, which opens tomorrow under the theme: “Building a New Era of Sustainability.”

Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce Karl Samuda

The two-day summit which seeks to address the most daunting developmental challenges facing the world, will be attended by over 1000 global leaders drawn from Government, investment, business, civil society, labour and academia. Over the next two days, they will be examining the role of public-private sector collaboration in generating employment, promoting investment, developing new technologies and enabling inclusive growth.
Deliberations will focus on building sustainability to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of eradicating poverty and raising the standard of living in Developing and Developed Countries by the year 2015. The MDG also seeks to establish universal rights to good health, education and shelter.
Jamaica is on track to achieving some of the MDG targets, having already achieved universal primary education and the eradication of extreme poverty.
The Global Leaders Conference will be chaired by U.N. Secretary-General Bank-Ki Moon and runs until Friday June 25th.
The United Nations Global Compact was launched in 2000 and is both a policy platform and a practical framework to address environmental, social and governance issues and to drive sustainable growth. Minister Samuda is being accompanied to this conference by the Ministry’s Director of Policy, Planning and Research, Mrs. Andrene Collings.