Jamaican delegation to participate in UN General Assembly

Hon. A. J. Nicholson will lead Jamaica's delegation to the UN General Assembly.

Hon. A. J. Nicholson will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the UN General Assembly.

Kingston, Ja, Sept. 23: Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade leads the Jamaican delegation that will participate in the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Minister Nicholson heads a delegation which includes Ambassador Sheila Sealy-Monteith, under Secretary for the multilateral affairs division, Nicholette Williams, assistant director of the international organizations department and staff at the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations in New York, which is helmed by  Mr. Courtenay Rattray.

Jamaica's Ambasador Courenay Rattray.

Jamaica’s Ambasador to the UN, Courenay Rattray.

The UNGA session, which started on September 15 and will conclude in December, has special significance this year as the organisation will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. Importantly also, this year’s UNGA will see the adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development – the successor agreement of the 2015 millennium development goals, which expires end of year.

The Honourable Minister will address the UN summit on Friday, September 25, during a ceremony to mark the adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. He will also deliver Jamaica’s policy statement to the General Assembly in the plenary debate on October 2.

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Jamaica will also participate in high level meetings such as: the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the Group of 77 and China; the ministerial meeting of the Alliance of Small Island States and the ministerial meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Other issues of particular importance to Jamaica include: international economic cooperation; Small Island Developing States; climate change and environmental governance; promotion and protection of human rights; debt sustainability; development cooperation; crime prevention and criminal justice; the advancement of women; and the protection of the rights of children.

After the UNGA General Debate, Minister Nicholson will represent Jamaica in Chile at “Our Ocean Conference,” a forum for discussing new voluntary commitments to help protect and preserve our ocean, scheduled for October 5 and 6.–OnPointPress.net-

Jamaica highlights sustainable development at model UN Assembly


The Hon. Arnaldo Brown, Jamaica's State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

The Hon. Arnaldo Brown, Jamaica’s State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Kingston, Jamaica, March 19, 2015: On Thursday, March 19, Jamaica’s United Nations Association of Jamaica (UNAJ) held its 39th Model Assembly of the United Nations. The event was attended by members of staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, students and Dr. Lucille Buchanan, UNAJ’s national president.

Hon. Arnaldo Brown, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, outlined the topic for debate as “The Role of Governments of Small Island Developing States is to Protect the Rights of its People,” which he said  “will certainly lead to some interesting and passionate exchanges among you as you represent Member States.” Minister Brown provided background information on “the issues affecting countries like Jamaica which are Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS), and our aspirations for contributing to the well-being of our people through engagement at the international level.”

Hon. Arnaldo Brown

Hon. Arnaldo Brown

He spoke about sustainable development and the importance of each country making diligent efforts to ensure economic growth for its citizens. Addressing the importance of collaboration he said:

“I am happy to note that there is global recognition of the need for enhanced coordination, cooperation, coherence and effective policymaking across the entire United Nations system to meet the development needs of its Member States. Jamaica, therefore, supports the processes currently underway within the UN to ensure greater scope for the participation and engagement of all actors within the development process.

YS Falls, Jamaica, West Indies.

YS Falls, Jamaica, West Indies.

“We view sustainable development and human rights as inextricably linked, and that sustainable development is best undertaken in an environment of peace and justice for all. It is in this connection that we have undertaken substantive work to ensure that the freedom and rights of our citizens are protected under the UN Charter, the Jamaican Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedom. Jamaica is also party to seven (7) of the nine (9) core international human rights conventions including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

“In acknowledging our vulnerability to environmental hazards, we recognise that the intensity and complexity of the challenges faced by SIDS are likely to grow exponentially in coming years. We remain committed to the principles enshrined in the Rio Declaration, the Barbados Plan of Action and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation of the Barbados Plan of Action. These set the framework for international action in relation to the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States, such as Jamaica.

“As a small island developing state with unique characteristics and vulnerabilities, the Government of Jamaica will continue to build national and international partnerships to protect human rights, promote economic development and ensure environmental sustainability for this and future generations.”–OnPointPress.net.



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Caribbean Science Foundation expands, releases upcoming schedule

Professor Cardinal Warde

CSF Executive Director Professor Cardinal Warde

Barbados, WI, September 23, 2013: The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) which is aimed at diversifying the economies of the Caribbean region, recently announced its varied schedule of events and updates of activities. The CSF is focused on harnessing science and technology for economic development, and to help raise the standard of living in the Caribbean.

According to Professor Cardinal Warde, CSF’s executive director, the New England branch of the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI-NE) will hold its meetings at MIT. The next meeting of the CADSTI-NE, he explained, will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM in building 13, room 3038 at MIT. For more information about this branch and the next meeting, email: warde.csf@gmail.com.  It was also revealed that the District of Columbia (DC) branch of the CADSTI-DC will be holding its first meeting soon.For more information about this branch and its first meeting, email: jnamatthews@gmail.com

“Accountants, lawyers, teachers, bankers, investors, physicians, dentists, entrepreneurs, the clergy, politicians, students, social workers, proposal writing experts, policy makers, etc., in addition to scientists and engineers, are invited to become members of their local CADSTI branch,” Warde said.
On June 28, 2013, Warde gave a briefing in Ottawa, Canada, to several of the CARICOM High Commissioners to that country.  At that meeting, it was decided that CADSTI-Canada should be launched and based in Toronto.  Professor Harold Ramkissoon, from the Trinidad and Tobago campus of the University of the West Indies, agreed to help with the logistics associated with starting CADSTI-Canada. New members from Canada who are interested in contributing to the Caribbean region through CADSTI and CSF are encouraged to contact Warde. The United Kingdom branch was launched in February 2013. Monthly meetings will be held at the Barbados High Commission, located at 1 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3ND. The next meeting will take place on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM. Contact cadsti.uk@gmail.com for more information.

The CSF and CADSTI in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Guyana will hold its third annual Workshop on December 2 and 3 in Georgetown, Guyana. View the preliminary draft agenda at http://cadsti.org/files/2013-CSF-Workshop-Draft-Agenda.pdf. Register now for the 2013 CADSTI-CSF Workshop at http://cadsti.org/conference_registrationCheck out hotel options at http://cadsti.org/conference_registration.The CSF is eager to determine the range of scientific research in the region. Scientific researchers are invited to submit posters for presentation at the workshop. Instructions for submission are available at http;//cadsti.org.  A one page summary is due on October 18, 2013. Feedback will be provided by October 25, 2013.

For more information, contact Professor Warde at:warde.csf@gmail.com.