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Holness lauds UN for role in implementing development goals

Published:Friday | November 10, 2017 | 12:09 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness is pinned with the commemorative SDG lapel pin by Ardenne High School's UN Club President Sarah Lee Tucker.
New Member of Parliament for St Andrew South, Mark Golding receives his SDG commemorative pin from Kingston College Head Boy Andrew Mullings.

Parliamentarians have been publicly recognised by Prime Minister Andrew Holness as holding significant responsibility for promoting and advancing implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and in fostering ownership of these goals.

During a special contribution on SDGs in the House of Representative on Tuesday, the prime minister and nearly all 63 members of the House were pinned with commemorative SDG pins by high-school students under the guidance of the United Nations (UN) Country Team to Jamaica.

Holness also lauded the contributions of United Nations programmes, funds and agencies.

"As is evident from the pinning ceremony, which took place today, the United Nations is a critical partner that continues to demonstrate commitment to provide support to governments to integrate the sustainable development goals into national development plans and policies," he noted.




Holness further stated that UN agencies have been providing "unwavering support" to Jamaica's efforts and pointed out the contributions of the United Nations Development Programme Country Office in the development of a roadmap for the effective implementation of the SDGs in Jamaica.

With support from the UN, he said, Jamaica has embarked on several initiatives aimed

at ensuring the effective implementation of the SDGs, and expressed confidence that this strong partnership would continue.

The prime minister expressed Jamaica's commitment to achieving the 2030 Agenda and noted that mechanisms were in place to ensure their effective implementation.

As an example, he noted that a Rapid Integrated Assessment of all Jamaica's national planning documents by the UNDP in 2016 confirmed that Vision 2030 Jamaica - National Development Plan, the Medium-Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework, and sectoral policies and plans are strongly aligned with the SDGs.

Holness also noted that Jamaica is very well positioned to monitor progress towards the SDGs, having completed a map of its data capacity in relation to the SDG indicators. He said that Jamaica would provide an update on the actions and measures taken to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs at the 2018 High level Political Forum.

Other members of parliament from both sides of the political aisle also supported much of the prime minister's presentation on the SDGs, notably.