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UNDP's 50th anniversary celebration

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM
From left: Paul Robotham, permanent secretary at ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade; Portia Simpson Miller, leader of the opposition; Delroy Chuck, minister of justice; Sheila Sealy Monteith, under-secretary at ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade; and Bruno Pouezat, UNDP resident coordinator, cut a cake in celebration UNDP’s 50th anniversary.
Jerome Thompson is in very good company in the form of (from left) Melissa Sobers, Cedriann Martin and Erva-Jean Stevens.
UN Resident Coordinator Bruno Pouezat (second-right) shares lens with his lovely wife, Catherine (right); French Ambassador Jean-Michel Despax, and his wife, Line.
Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck (left) makes a joke with his wife, Patricia and former Jamaican ambassador to the United Nations, Anthony Hill.
Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck (second left) is all smiles with his wife, Patricia (left), UNDP resident coordinator Bruno Pouezat (second right), and Omar sweeney, managing director at Jamaica Social Investment Fund.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted cocktails by the poolside last Friday evening at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, in celebration of 50 years of service in Jamaica.

The mood was relaxed as guests mingled end enjoyed pleasant music.

UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP resident representative, Bruno Pouezat, spoke about Jamaica and the UNDP's shared hope, passion, responsibilities and vision for humanity. Pouezat said his team remained committed to making Jamaica the place of choice to live and work.

"Though this is a celebration, it is also a milestone. It is an occasion to recommit our role to get Jamaica to success. Our services remain relevant, and we are equipped to stay relevant," he said.

Trevor Gordon-Somers, former UNDP official, believes there is still room for developing creative and dynamic relations.

"I am an optimist, and I believe Jamaica's growth and development will improve," he said.

The Ashe Company's performance was a highpoint of the night as they entertained the audience using dance, song and drums to share a range of messages on sustainable development and the UNDP's role in Jamaica.

The night continued with hors d'oeuvres and glass-clinking in celebration.