Jamaica committed to sustaining the environment, says Grange
MINISTER OF Sport and Culture Olivia Grange says Jamaica is committed to achieving environmental sustainability, the seventh United Nations' Millennium Development Goal (MDG), despite encountering challenges in some areas.
The United Nations has proclaimed 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity and the minister was speaking at the launch of its observance in Jamaica, on Wednesday at the office of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educa-tional, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in Kingston.
In 2000, world leaders agreed on the UN Millennium Declaration, signalling a growing recognition that for the United Nations to be able to fulfil its objectives in maintaining peace and security and protecting human rights, poverty and inequality needed to be eradicated. The core achievement of the Millennium Declaration was its formal articulation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight time-bound objectives ranging from halving world poverty to cutting child mortality.
Goal seven of the MDGs aims to ensure environmental sustainability, and highlights the importance of biodiversity in achieving sustainable development from a national and global standpoint.
Grange said that Jamaica has had mixed reviews on its progress towards achieving goal seven.
She stated that the country was on target with regard to having safe drinking water and sanitation.