Senate Statement

Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade    on the

Global Processes for Sustainable Development:

Post-2015 Development Agenda, Financing for Development, Climate Change, 26th June 2015

Mr. President,


The international mechanism for pushing global development over the last fifteen years – the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – will come to an end in 2015.


As a consequence, over the last two years the international community has been seized with elaborating a new global framework to drive sustainable development beyond 2015.


This year, therefore, is expected to be one of the most pivotal for the global community in the pursuit of sustainable development.


The new sustainable development framework will be formulated from the outcomes of the following four global processes:


  • The Third  International  Conference  on  Small  Island  Developing States (SIDS), held last September in Samoa;


  • The Third International Conference on Financing for Development to be held from 13th to 16th July, in Addis Ababa;


  • The Post-2015 Development Agenda to be adopted at a Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York in September; and


  • The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, late November to early December this year.


Together these four processes reflect the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

The objective of these inter-governmental processes is to agree on an ambitious and transformative development framework, which puts people at the centre of the development exercise and has poverty eradication as a key deliverable.

Jamaica has been actively engaged in all these activities to ensure that our voice contributes to the shaping of the new global agenda…READ MORE

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