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-

US Ambassador to Jamaica meets with minister of foreign affairs, presents credentials

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Mr. Luis Moreno, US Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, presented his diplomatic credentials to Jamaica’s Minister o Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Arnold J, Nicholson.

January, 17, 2015, Kingston, Jamaica:The United States Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, Mr. Luis Moreno, presented his credential letters on Tuesday, January 13, to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade.

In addition to the presentation, there were initial discussions on Jamaica and US relations, the recent shift in US policy concerning Cuba, and Jamaica’s fiscal tightening efforts in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

After adding his support to the US policy shift toward Cuba, Minister Nicholson expressed appreciation for the opportunities and assistance the US had through the years provided Jamaica and the Caribbean. For his part, Mr. Moreno congratulated Jamaica on its progress with the fiscal programme and IMF collaboration. He also noted that he intended to promote an increase in US investments in the country and assistance in the area of security.

Both gentlemen also discussed the upcoming January 26 high level visit by Jamaica’s Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller to Washington. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller will participate in the Energy and Security Summit between the United States and the Caribbean. The summit will be hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden.–OnPointPress.net.

Jamaican contingent participates in 69th UN General Assembly

Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson

Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the 69th session of the UN’s General Assembly.

Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The session is being held at the United Nations headquarters in New York beginning today, September 22 through September 30.

Minister Nicholson will be accompanied by Ambassador Paul Robotham, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and supported by the staff of the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations in New York, headed by Ambassador Courtenay Rattray.

Hon. Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Land, Water and Environment is part of the delegation to Samoa.

Hon. Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Land, Water and Environment is part of the delegation to the UN General Assembly.

Honorable Robert D. Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change will be a member of the delegation. He will participate in the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit to be held on September 23, 2014.

Minister Nicholson will also participate in the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit; the Twenty-ninth special session of the General Assembly on the follow-up to the program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development; a high level meeting to commemorate the International Day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons; and a high-level event on enhancing the contribution of women to peace and security. He will also attend meetings of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth, the Group of 77 and China, the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) and CARICOM.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon joined marchers in New York on Sunday, September 21 to promote climate change.

Minister Nicholson will deliver Jamaica’s policy statement to the United Nations General Assembly on September 29. He will also participate in a ceremony to symbolically receive contributions by some members of the international community to the trust fund for the construction of the Permanent Memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

Among the priority issues for Jamaica during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly will be Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the post-2014 development agenda to be adopted in 2015 in the 70th year of the founding of the United Nations, international peace and security, disarmament, and social issues such as non-communicable diseases, women, youth and children and disabilities.

Demonstrators hold signs on a street next to Central Park during the People's Climate March in New York, U.S., on Sept. 21, 2014. The United Nations 2014 Climate Summit is scheduled for Sept. 23. Photographer: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg

Demonstrators hold signs on a street next to Central Park during the People’s Climate March in New York, U.S., on Sept. 21, 2014. The United Nations 2014 Climate Summit is scheduled for Sept. 23. Photographer: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg

On September 23, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will hold a Climate Summit intended to galvanise political will and commitment for action to be taken on climate change in advance of the meeting of the Conference of Parties to be held in 2015 in Paris when it is anticipated that a legally binding document on climate change will be adopted.

Jamaica's Ambasador Courenay Rattray.

Jamaica’s Ambassador Courtenay Rattray.

This year’s session of the UNGA will be presided over by H.E. Sam Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda under the theme “Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”.At this year’s General Assembly, Jamaica will, as is customary, actively participate in all committees and the plenary sessions.

Jamaica will serve as chair of the first committee on disarmament and international security. Ambassador Rattray was elected chairman in July 2014 by acclamation of the UN General Assembly. This will mark the first time in 34 years that a CARICOM member state chairs this committee and only the second time in the history of the UN that a CARICOM national has served in this capacity. Jamaica has also been elected vice chair of the third committee on social, humanitarian and cultural affairs. Jamaica  will serve on the credentials committee for this year’s session. –OnPointPress.net.