As is evident from the pinning ceremony which took place today, the United Nations Development Programme is a critical partner that continues to demonstrate commitment to provide support to governments to integrate the sustainable development goals (SDGs) into national development plans and policies.

This ceremony symbolizes the fact that Parliamentarians have a responsibility to play a significant role in promoting and advancing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating ownership of these goals.

Since the international community, including Jamaica, adopted the SDGs at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, the UN agencies have been providing unwavering support to Jamaica’s efforts.

One notable manifestation was the support received from the UNDP Country Office to facilitate the development of a road map for the effective implementation of the SDGs in Jamaica.

We will recall that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.

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