Jamaica joins the international community in commemorating United Nations (UN) Day 2017, under the theme “Potential in Diversity”.
Annually, on 24th October, UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. That momentous occasion underscored the political will of the founding Member States to eliminate the scourge of war, promote peace, social progress and better standards of life for all peoples. More than seven decades later, the UN has increased its membership from fifty-one to one hundred and ninety three sovereign States, which includes countries, small and large, developing and developed; all having equal representation.
This increase in membership highlights the confidence of states in the legitimacy of the organisation, and in its ability to effectively marshal the focus and resources of the international community to address issues of mutual concern to their peoples. For this reason, Jamaica celebrates the UN, which continues to prove its relevance in a highly globalised and fast-paced world.
As a Small Island Developing State, Jamaica is mindful of the boundless potential of countries with a similar vision and goal, that agree to come together. The UN reminds us that despite our diversity as global citizens, we must remain united in our commitment to promote world peace and security, fundamental human rights and freedoms, and sustainable development for all. Jamaica strongly believes that this diversity constitutes a positive characteristic which brings countries together, unlocking hidden potential for the greater good of mankind.
Of particular importance to our country, is the work geared towards addressing the concerns of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as Jamaica. These states that are highly susceptible to external economic shocks, in addition to their inherent vulnerability to natural disasters, as witnessed over the past months in the Caribbean region. These challenges, if not addressed, present a real danger to achieving sustainable development, and can serve to undermine progress.
We therefore advocate for closer and more effective partnerships as we seek to realise our developmental imperatives. We are conscious that such collaboration through partnerships, as envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, is needed to enhance development cooperation within the UN system and in other bilateral and multilateral spheres.
The Government of Jamaica is committed to the global development agenda with the continuous alignment of its national development plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica with the SDGs. We are focused on the most vulnerable among us, to ensure that in the development process “no one is left behind”.
As we commemorate another UN Day, Jamaica reaffirms its commitment to multilateralism and the work being done by the UN. In that context, we pledge our continued active participation in efforts to promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples across the globe.