PAHO/WHO along with United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Jamaica jointly celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the birth of the United Nations, with UN Day 2018 on Wednesday, 24 October.
The 2018 event was staged at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, the University of Technology on 24 October. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green gave the keynote address. United Nations Resident Coordinator, Bruno Pouezat, played host to some 500 students, members of Jamaica’s diplomatic corps and fellow Heads of UN Agencies in the country.
This UN Day 2018 was coordinated by the UN Jamaica Communications Group (UNCG) where Jomain McKenzie, PAHO/WHO Communications Consultant, serve as Acting Chair in the absence of Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, Deputy Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Turks & Caicos and Cayman Islands. McKenzie also facilitated and chaired the opening ceremony to the day’s events.
The learning experience at the PAHO/WHO UN Day booth. From Left: Mr. Howard Clemetson (PAHO/WHO Administrator), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Hiromasa Yamazaki (Japan), Mr. Bruno Pouezat (United Nations Resident Coordinator), Dr. Karen Lewis-Bell (PAHO/WHO Decentralized Regional Advisor, Immunization Caribbean Sub-Region), Rosetta Dawes (PAHO/WHO Executive Assistant/ HR Partner), Lorna Burrell (PAHO/WHO Administrative Assistant), Candice Thompson (PAHO/WHO Administrative Assistant)
PAHO Jamaica erected an interactive booth, highlighting information related to mental health and youth and noncommunicable diseases. As 24 October is also World Polio Day, information was shared around the progress and efforts of Jamaica and the region in eradicating the infectious disease.
Agent Sasco, Recording Artiste (Centre), supporting UN Day 2018 in Jamaica, flanked by (from left) Jomain McKenzie (PAHO/WHO), Maxsalia Salmon (UNRC), Nikeisha Lee (UNDP) and Tannesha Dixon-Gayle (UNFPA)
Dubbed, Youth Action on the SDGs, UN Day 2018 engaged and empowered high school students to take their place in advancing action on the Sustainable Development Goals, and introduced them to the work and mission of the United Nations. United Nations Jamaica partnered with the United Nations Association of Jamaica (UNAJ) to amplify distribution of information on the UN’s work and the SDGs through its UN Club movement.
Among the exhibitors were UN Agencies resident in Jamaica, Jamaica Moves, Talk Up Yout, Planning Institute of Jamaica and Vision 2030, University of Technology, Recycling Partners of Jamaica, and other local partners. Entertainment was provided by Wowski and Agent Sasco.
UN Jamaica, partnering with local technology firm Academic Journies provided free access to its Go For The Goals Digital Hotspot – featuring digital interactive resources on the Sustainable Development Goals delivered directly to smartphones within range of its signal. Students and patrons were able to watch short videos, take selfies filtered against SDGs, chat online and take quizzes to win prizes.
The SDGs are the global plan to transform the world including Jamaica by 2030. Locally, the Vision 2030 national development plan has integrated most aspects of the SDGs.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.
Jomain McKenzie, PAHO/WHO Communications, chairs UN Day 2018 Opening Ceremony
UN Day 2018 Poster