UNDP Joins in Celebrating the UN@70 in Jamaica

Oct 24, 2015

UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Bruno Pouezat greets Custos of St Andrew, Mrs. Donna Parchment-Brown (centre) and Officer in Charge at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ms. Marcia Thomas (right), at the Tribute and Reception held to mark UN Day on October 24, 2015.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined the rest of the UN family in Jamaica and the Government of Jamaica in celebrating a week of activities leading up to UN Day, 24 October 2015. The activities marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in Jamaica were held under the theme: ‘The UN We Serve, Serves Us.’

On Wednesday, 21 October, representatives from five UN agencies in Jamaica participated in an Editors’ Forum at the Gleaner newspaper in Kingston. They discussed various aspects of their organisations’ work in the country to support Jamaica’s national development plans and programmes. UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, participated in the forum. Dr. Laurence-Chounoune spoke about UNDP’s support to Jamaica in various areas including the response to climate change. The other participating agencies were the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

The various agencies of the United Nations working in Jamaica officially launched an exhibition on the UN in Jamaica at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on Thursday, 22 October. The opening ceremony featured lively performances from the Ardenne High School and Ms. Kacy West, a staff member from the Ministry. Staff from UN agencies and from government partners, as well as representatives from UN clubs in schools and civil society attended the event.

UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Bruno Pouezat encouraged those present to use the exhibition as a starting point for learning more about the United Nations and pointed out that information on the work of the organization was available from a variety of sources. The exhibition, which was open to the public, ran from 22 October to 30 October.

On Saturday, 24 October, UN Day was celebrated with a tribute and reception at the Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston. The tribute, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the UN Communication Group, recognized the work of Jamaicans who have served the UN in various capacities. It lauded the work Jamaicans who have served as UN peacekeepers, Jamaicans who work and have worked for UN agencies overseas and Jamaicans who serve or have served the UN as local staff members.

Former UNDP driver, Weston Lewis, who served the Organization for 38 years was one of those singled out for special mention during the tribute to local staff, which was read by Ambassador Sheila Sealy-Montieth, Under Secretary for the Multilateral Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
Click here to read Ms Kacy West's poem performed at the launch of UN@70 events in Jamaica.

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