Opening Remarks - Hon. Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice - UN MSDF Steering Committee Meeting (1 June 2016)
Remarks by the Government of Jamaica at the Opening Ceremony
Hon. Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice
Mr. Bruno Pouezat, Resident Representative of the UNDP and Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Jamaica
Resident Coordinators of Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Member States of the OECS, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago
Other Heads of UN Agencies in Jamaica
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to join you this evening as you begin the discussion on the implementation of the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF).
Jamaica, having witnessed the successful implementation of the “Delivering as One” concept, welcomed the decision made in 2015 by the UN system to accede to our request to be a part of the programme. Indeed, we are gratified this evening to note that a number of countries in the Caribbean sub-region have agreed to the modality, which has enabled the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the UN to elaborate a Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework for the region, for the period 2017-2021.
I commend the countries and the UN system for adopting this course of action. The expected outcome from the implementation of the Framework – a Caribbean which is inclusive, equitable, prosperous, healthy, safe, just, sustainable and resilient - finds resonance in our own national development plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica.
The establishment of this Framework comes on the heels of the new global development architecture which comprises the SAMOA Pathway for Small Island Developing States, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for Development Financing and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Together, these should strengthen the ability of the UN system to carry out its mandate in our countries. It should also provide us with a solid foundation for working with the UN to ensure that we are in a position to secure the future we want and, in so doing, make certain that no country in our sub-region is left behind.
I am greatly encouraged that the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework emerged from extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders within each country. This inclusive approach is one to which the Government of Jamaica has given credence and which over time has become the practice in our national policy and planning process. It is therefore not surprising that the Framework draws on the complementarity and commonality of priorities across the Caribbean region, while allowing for national specificity in programming and in stronger monitoring, reporting and evaluation mechanisms.
The Framework, with its “Delivering as One” approach, has the potential to have a greater impact, reduce overlap in service delivery and strengthen the collaboration between and among the various UN agencies and other development partners of the region. This promises increased efficiency and effectiveness in the use of increasingly limited resources, as well as a level of assurance that our national priorities are given even greater prominence in the work of the agencies within our borders.
I remain confident that the UN System, with its considerable reach and influence, will continue to support Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean as we seek to realise our development aspirations and find solutions to the many challenges we face in areas such as poverty reduction, health care, literacy, gender equality, infant and maternal mortality, energy and environmental sustainability.
We recognise the importance of supporting the UN system in this endeavour and, in so doing, have been actively engaged in securing common premises for the establishment of a UN House in downtown Kingston. We believe that this proximity of agencies will provide a more conducive environment for working as one.
Jamaica welcomes the formation of the Steering Committee for the UN MSDF and looks forward to working with the group to identify and agree on important strategies for successful implementation of the Framework. Over the course of the next five years, we will have several opportunities to reflect on the operational effectiveness of the Framework. We anticipate increased engagement both at the country and regional levels as we work together to secure the well-being of our citizens.
I thank you.