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-

When police officers run amok, Blacks and Latinos feel the pain

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Oklahoma Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged on August 29 with raping, sexually assaulting and forcing a stream of low-income African-American women to perform sex acts.

Scholars and pundits often ponder the chasm between the negative views that Blacks and Latinos tend to have of police officers versus the overwhelmingly positive views held by Whites and Asians. But for members of the first two communities the reason is clear: Blacks and Latinos suffer disproportionately when untamed police officers run amok and the American highways and byways have corpses as evidence of the grim, haunting, heartbreaking reality that there is a war on minority families by unruly cops.

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Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson has been in hiding, on paid departmental leave after gunning down unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown on August 9, roiling the city and the nation.

Summer 2014 has been particularly brutal for Blacks and Latinos at the hands of police officers. Littered across the law enforcement landscape is a rogues gallery of out of control police officers who shoot and kills Blacks and Latinos with impunity. Afterwards, they retreat to their hiding places like schoolyard bullies who start the fight and then high tail it off the premises when confronted by any able opponent.

North Carolina Police Officer pulls over unarmed African-American man, asks for his license then unleashes a barrage of bullets when the man reaches in his vehicle to comply with the officers' orders.

On September 4, South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert pulls over unarmed African-American man, Levar Jones, asks for his license, then unleashes a barrage of bullets when the man reaches in his vehicle to comply with the officers’ orders.

South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert, 31, was arrested and fired after unleashing a fusillade of gun shots on African-American motorist Levar Jones who was complying with Groubert's request to produce his license after a routine traffic stop.

South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert, 31, was arrested and fired after unleashing a fusillade of gun shots on African-American motorist Levar Jones who was complying with Groubert’s request to produce his license after a routine traffic stop.

From robbing residents in Long Island, New York, as part of a drug gang, to imposing an illegal chokehold in Staten Island to kill Eric Garner, lawless New York cops have a template for illegal conduct that they do not seem eager to shed, after cockily embracing the Teflon persona for years, a persona that was in full bloom under former mayors Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg.

March against police brutality.

One of many marches across the country against police brutality. President Obama said recently that police brutality “corrodes” the American society.

The grand jury in Garner’s case convenes today, Monday, September 29. In Ferguson, Missouri, officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown and left his body splayed in the street for almost a day, like he was a wild animal undeserving of respect. The grand jury in Brown’s case is not expected to return a decision until next year.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots. Brown was scheduled to begin college two days after his murder.

Speaking on Wednesday, September 24 at the UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama mentioned Brown’s shooting, saying “It left the city divided.” Addressing the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner on Saturday night, September 27, the President said that police targeting of the black community makes it “difficult for the people who need the police the most to trust them.’ He also said that “a culture of mistrust exists between law enforcement and the African-American community” and “young men of color are targeted by the police for walking while black,” among other things.

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Daniel Pantaleo, New York City detective who choked Eric Garner, 44, was placed on modified duty but has not been charged in the homicide.

Sexual predator police officer Daniel Holtzclaw in Oklahoma City was recently fitted with an ankle monitor and charged with the crime of preying on vulnerable African-American women ranging in age from late 30’s to late 50s. According to the charges brought against him in court on August 29, evidence showed that Holtzclaw raped some of the women and forced others to perform sexual acts on hi as a regular part of his daily routine.

Residents in Ohio voice their anger that the police officers who shot and killed an African-American male as he examined a toy gun in a Walmart Store was not indicted.

Residents in Ohio voice their anger that the police officers who shot and killed an African-American male as he examined a toy gun in a Walmart store was not indicted.

How on earth do police officers expect to be respected or trusted by the Black and Latino communities when they face the repercussions of police misconduct?

Los Angeles Highway Patrol officer mercilessly beat bipolar African-American woman.

Los Angeles Highway Patrol officer mercilessly beat bipolar African-American woman.

The decision by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation into the Ferguson police force for repeated violations of the civil rights of Blacks and Latinos is a great first step. Hopefully the investigation will quell this disgraceful blue code by unsavory police officers who believe that they function above the law that they are sworn to uphold. Is it any wonder the rap group N.W.A.’s 1988 hit “F the Police” became such a huge inner city anthem and has faced resurgence in response to wanton police brutality against a specific segment of American society?

New York City Police Officer throws pregnant woman to the ground, belly first, leaving her a bloody mess, before placing her in handcuffs because she tried to intervene as they beat her unarmed teenaged son.

New York City Police Officer throws pregnant woman to the ground, belly first, leaving her a bloody mess, before placing her in handcuffs because she tried to intervene as they beat her unarmed teenaged son.

Whether it is coercion of minors like what transpired with the Central Park Five, or the unwarranted killings of Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Anthony Baez, Oscar Grant, John Crawford, or countless other men across this country by lawless cops, it’s time for residents to rise up and say: Enough!–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.