UNDP Celebrates Over 40 Years of Partnership, Progress in Jamaica

Apr 29, 2016

UNDP Resident Representative, Bruno Pouezat (right) is joined by Government of Jamaica representatives (left to right) Ambassador Paul Robotham of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Opposition Leader, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, Justice Minister, the Hon Delroy Chuck and Ambassador Sheila Montieth, in cutting the UNDP 50 cake at a special reception to mark UNDP's 50th anniversary globally and the organization's more than 40 years of service to Jamaica. Photo Credit: UNDP Jamaica.

UNDP Jamaica kicked off local celebrations to mark UNDP’s 50th anniversary, with an evening of recollection and reflections on the organisation’s work in the country for over 40 years.

The UNDP 50 Jamaica reception took place at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in Kingston, and was attended by stakeholders and partners, including representatives from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the diplomatic corps, UN agencies and civil society.

Leader of the Opposition, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller and Minister of Justice, the Honourable Delroy Chuck, headed the list of more than 100 guests who joined UNDP in celebrating its more than four decades of development work in the country.

In his remarks, Minister Delroy Chuck, hailed the UNDP’s contributions to development globally and locally and noted the organisation’s work in supporting national aspirations.

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UNDP, we also commemorate its long history of activities in Jamaica. The UNDP has maintained an active and invaluable presence in Jamaica for forty years, during which time it has supported the country in its efforts to attain ever higher levels of development.” Minister Chuck noted.

He added that Jamaica has benefitted from a range of programmes and projects supported by the UNDP, and said the current focus on governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention, disaster risk reduction and energy has “produced positive results, which have strengthened our resilience to the challenges faced.”

UNDP Resident Representative, Bruno Pouezat, reflected on the progress made in development globally over the past fifty years and the challenges which remain. He noted that the demands of the post 2015 agenda, and the wide range of issues it seeks to address, require resource mobilisation beyond traditional sources and stronger linkages with partners and stakeholders.

“We are all in this together, and to do more with less, we will have to do better together. Partnership is nothing new. Our partnerships….are what have taken us this far. We depend on these partnerships to deliver results on the ground for billions of people- including the 2.7 million Jamaicans whose development is our mandate,” the Resident Representative said.

Former UNDP staffer, Trevor Gordon-Somers, who worked for more than thirty years in UNDP around the world, reflected on his experience with the organisation and the importance of the work of UNDP in the island.

The evening’s proceedings were hosted by UNDP staff members Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune and Richard Kelly who guided the audience through the brief ceremony of speeches and a special entertainment package by the Ashe Performing Arts Ensemble whose presentation reflected the themes of sustainable development and UNDP’s contribution to Jamaica’s development.

A cocktail reception followed the short ceremony which is one of the first in a series of activities to be held by UNDP Jamaica this year to commemorate the organisation’s fiftieth anniversary.

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