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  • Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Honourable Robert D. Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change will be a member of the delegation and will participate in the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit.
  • Minister Nicholson will deliver Jamaica’s policy statement to the United Nations General Assembly on 29th September 2014.

Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  The 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly will commence with a high-level session from 22nd – 30th September 2014.

Minister Nicholson departs the island on Monday, 22nd September and returns on Tuesday, 30th September 2014. He will be accompanied by Ambassador Paul Robotham, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and supported by the staff of the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations in New York, headed by Ambassador Courtenay Rattray.

Honourable Robert D. Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change will be a member of the delegation and will participate in the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit to be held on 23rd September 2014, prior to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly on 24th September.

Minister Nicholson will also participate in the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit; the Twenty-ninth Special Session of the General Assembly on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development; a High-Level Meeting to Commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons; and a High-Level event on Enhancing the Contribution of Women to Peace and Security. He will also attend meetings of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth, the Group of 77 and China, the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) and CARICOM.

Minister Nicholson will deliver Jamaica’s policy statement to the United Nations General Assembly on 29th September 2014. He will also participate in a ceremony to symbolically receive contributions by some members of the international community to the Trust Fund for the construction of the Permanent Memorial to honour the victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Bilateral meetings have also been scheduled with a number of countries from various geographical regions.   The opportunity will be taken during these meetings to discuss with key bilateral partners, ways in which to advance Jamaica’s foreign policy priorities and interests and to lobby for Jamaica’s candidatures.

Minister Nicholson will also sign Joint Communiqués with the Foreign Ministers of Andorra and Timor Leste on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and these countries.

Among the priority issues for Jamaica during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly will be Small Island Developing States, the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be adopted in 2015 in the 70th year of the founding of the United Nations, international peace and security, disarmament, and social issues such as non-communicable diseases, women, youth and children and disabilities.

 

BACKGROUND

The 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly will commence with a high-level session from 22nd – 30th September 2014.

On 22nd September, the twenty-ninth special session of the General Assembly on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development to assess the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action adopted 20 years ago in 1994 in Cairo will be held.

On 23rd September, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will hold a Climate Summit intended to galvanise political will and commitment for action to be taken on climate change in advance of the meeting of the Conference of Parties to be held in 2015 in Paris when it is anticipated that a legally binding document on climate change will be adopted.

This year’s session of the UNGA will be presided over by H.E.  Sam Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda under the theme “Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

At this year’s Assembly, Jamaica will, as is customary, actively participate in all Committees and the Plenary Sessions of the Assembly.

Jamaica will serve as Chair of the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security. Ambassador Rattray was elected chairman in July 2014 by acclamation of the UN General Assembly. This will mark the first time in 34 years that a CARICOM Member State chairs this Committee and only the second time in the history of the UN that a CARICOM National has served in this capacity.

Jamaica has also been elected Vice-Chair of the Third Committee (social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs) and will serve on the Credentials Committee for this year’s session.