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  • Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will join other world leaders and government officials at the United Nations (UN) in New York for the unveiling of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
  • Following the unveiling of the Memorial, the Prime Minister will participate in a UN General Assembly plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance.
  • During the Prime Minister’s visit to New York, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill will be in charge of the Government.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will join other world leaders and government officials at the United Nations (UN) in New York on Wednesday, March 25 for the unveiling of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. March 25 has been declared by the UN as International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Following the unveiling of the Memorial, the Prime Minister will participate in a UN General Assembly plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance.

In 2007, Jamaica proposed and the General Assembly of the UN agreed to establish The Permanent Memorial on the grounds of the United Nations to honour the victims of the more than four decades of slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, in which more than 18 million people were forcefully removed from Africa and transported as slaves to the Americas, including the Caribbean, and to Europe.

On Thursday, March 26 Prime Minister Simpson Miller will meet and address members of the Jamaican Diaspora in New York at a town hall meeting at the St. Georges Episcopal Church Hall in New York.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator, the Hon. AJ Nicholson.

The Prime Minister will return to Jamaica on Saturday, March 28. During the Prime Minister’s visit to New York, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill will be in charge of the Government.