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Economic Independence Will Secure Our Resilience

Economic Independence Will Secure Our Resilience
The Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica addressing the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, United States of America today (Thursday, September 27)
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has told world leaders that while Small Island Developing States (SIDS) continue to strengthen partnerships around the world, economic independence will ultimately secure resilience for all SIDS.

Addressing the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City today (September 27), Prime Minister Holness noted Jamaica and other SIDS continue to work to resolve its economic issues and seek greater opportunities regardless of size and development.

The Prime Minister noted that the Jamaican Government has made several strides to help build resilience.

“We cannot wait on the world to save us, and we recognize that the world will not wait for us.  Notwithstanding that we are a Small Island Developing state with numerous challenges – we are taking our destiny into our own hands.  Ultimately, we believe our economic independence will secure our resilience,” stated Prime Minister Holness.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness explained that fora such as G7, BRICS and G20 provide a unique opportunity to solve some of the many issues plaguing SIDS and other countries. He said Jamaica welcomes the possibility to share perspectives.

“Jamaica stands ready to continue working on how we can transform global thinking, and together find effective solutions within a fair, rules-based multilateral system, supportive of policies which will ensure the emergence and empowerment of small and developing states – truly leaving no Country, and No One behind,” explained Prime Minister Holness.

The Prime Minister further pointed out three critical concepts that each nation must embody in order for no country to be left behind in the quest for resilience.

  • effective strategies to bolster the global financial system;
  • a robust global campaign to identify funding for the implementation of Agenda 2030 and;
  • resilience and adaptation measures to address the devastating effects of climate change and natural disasters.
The Prime Minister said “Jamaica and its CARICOM brother and sister islands do not have the luxury of engaging in a philosophical debate on whether or not climate change is real” as the matter is existential for SIDS.

Prime Minister Holness said we (world leaders) must not lose sight of the responsibility to promote and protect the interests of the vulnerable.