- Today, Jamaica welcomes the opportunity to join the rest of the international community in commemorating United Nations Day 2014.
- This celebration holds special significance as it marks the 69th anniversary of the entry into force of the Charter of the United Nations.
- Over the years, the United Nations has made enormous contributions to the maintenance of international peace and security, cooperation among States and international development.
Today, Jamaica welcomes the opportunity to join the rest of the international community in commemorating United Nations Day 2014.
This celebration holds special significance as it marks the 69th anniversary of the entry into force of the Charter of the United Nations which enshrines the principles upon which the United Nations was established – peace, equality, justice, democracy and respect for the rule of law. Since joining the United Nations in 1962, Jamaica has actively participated in the multilateral process and unequivocally supported the aims and objectives of the United Nations.
Over the years, the United Nations has made enormous contributions to the maintenance of international peace and security, cooperation among States and international development. Undeniably, the UN has played a pivotal role at the global level in addressing the developmental challenges which are germane to the economic and social advancement of mankind. As the world grapples with the deadly Ebola virus and the escalating threat posed by terrorists, the United Nations has demonstrated its capacity to address issues of concern to the entire globe.
The work of the United Nations has been ongoing and evident at the regional and local levels.
I commend the efforts of the Resident Coordinator and Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the entire UN team for their sterling contribution and commitment to Jamaica. Technical cooperation in the areas of education, health, energy and environmental sustainability are but few of the initiatives undertaken by the UNDP’s local office to help improve and transform the lives of the people of Jamaica.
The programme of work undertaken by the local UNDP Office has contributed to capacity building in land management and water harvesting to benefit the farming community in St. Elizabeth, in addition to engaging and exposing thousands of youth to viable career choices that will equip them for employment and enable them to better serve their country in the future.
We are pleased that 2014 has been designated the International Year for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and that a practical effect of this designation was the convening of the Third International Conference of SIDS in Samoa in September. This provided us with the opportunity to highlight our national concerns and to forge partnerships with other members of the international community to ensure that SIDS priorities are given the focus they deserve. It also highlighted the importance of the role played by South–South and Triangular Cooperation in international development cooperation.
As we commemorate this occasion, Jamaica reaffirms its unwavering commitment to the purposes and principles of this noble institution and anticipates further cooperation, to improve the development of Jamaica and to enhance the lives of our people.
Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson Q.C.,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade