Statement by the Honourable Bruce Golding in the General Debate at the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2010


Again, I congratulate you on your assumption of the Presidency of the 65th Session of the General Assembly and assure you of the full cooperation of my delegation.
I extend Jamaica’s appreciation to your predecessor, His Excellency Dr. Ali Treki, for so ably guiding the proceedings of the 64th Session of the General Assembly.
Partnership of Nations We come to the chamber of this great institution as partners. It is the only organization of its kind where countries of the world, no matter how rich or poor, big or small, powerful or weak, sit at the same table joined together by the principle of the sovereign equality of all its members.
As leaders, we are privileged to be the custodians of the world, mandated to secure for its people a just and peaceful existence and to enable them to achieve happiness and prosperity.
We come with differing perspectives shaped by our own experiences and the peculiar challenges we face. But we have long recognized that however unique our individual circumstances may appear, they are all affected by our interdependence.
The impact of climate change shows that we all live under the same canopy. Diseases that can devastate whole populations know no boundaries and require no entry permit. Natural disasters are indiscriminate in the selection of their targets. The financial crisis on Wall Street didn’t disrupt just the American economy; it ricocheted across the world affecting millions of people who don’t even know where Wall Street is. Communications technology has rendered us neighbours in the same village for, no matter how vast the oceans that separate us or the continents over which we are scattered, we are affected or influenced for good or bad by each other.
It is in this mutuality, this interconnectedness and interdependency with all our commonality and diversity that we find both our strengths and our weaknesses. We have seen those strengths at work and what they can accomplish, the positive difference we can make when we surmount our differences and find common purpose in preventing wars and securing peace, safeguarding human rights and promoting human development.
And we recognize our weaknesses, our failure so often to raise our lowest common denominator to a level where consensus can more readily be found and action galvanized. We cannot afford to ignore the cynics who feel that we should have done more for there is more that needs to be done. Some age-old problems still remain and new challenges have emerged that threaten to undermine the achievements we have already made. We refuse to accept that after 65 years of our existence 1

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