Jamaica attaches great importance to role of UN n advancing global development agendaListen /
The role of the United Nations development system in advancing the global development agenda is one to which Jamaica attached great importance.
Ambassador Raymond Wolfe told the UN General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee that the support of the United Nations is particularly relevant as Jamaica pursues its development goals against the backdrop of the many socio-economic challenges with which the Caribbean State has had to contend, especially in the last five years.
Raymond Wolfe: Such challenges have included the global financial crisis whose negative effects continue to reverberate through our economies, rising energy costs and recurring instances of food insecurity. We wish to underscore the importance of the work of the UN system which, despite its limitations, serves to bolster the efforts of the Jamaican government, and those of other governments in Latin America and the Caribbean in advancing their domestic development agenda in the face of great fiscal constraints and in the face of the very real challenges of poverty and persistent inequality. Given this, it is important that the international community take steps to strengthen the effectiveness of the UN's operational activities for development, including through the provision of a level of financial resources which will allow for the implementation of programmes which address the development needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.
Ambassador Wolfe said the United Nations country team in Jamaica provides invaluable support work in a range of areas, including sustainable development, social empowerment and equity, violence prevention, human rights advocacy, disaster risk reduction, among others.
Raymond Wolfe: Jamaica has long supported South-South cooperation as a core element in development cooperation and as an essential element in the process of consolidating solidarity among developing countries. We welcome the growing range of development cooperation activities in which we engage within the context of South-South and triangular cooperation and acknowledge their contribution to our efforts to achieve the internationally-agreed development goals, including Millennium Development Goals. However, we do so with the full understanding that such cooperation is complementary to, rather than a substitute for traditional development cooperation.
Ambassador Wolfe said that as a Middle Income Country, Jamaica wished to reaffirm the importance of the continued UN presence on the ground in countries which fall in that category.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.