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Students spread SDG awareness

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness and nearly all 63 members of the House of Representatives were on Tuesday pinned with commemorative Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) pins as they arrived for the weekly sitting.

The move is part of an ongoing advocacy campaign being marshalled by the United Nations country team in Jamaica in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to spread awareness about the 17 SDGs — the global plan to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The pinning was carried out by high school students and preceded the PM's special contribution on the SDGs as well as the swearing-in of the three newest MPs — Dr Norman Dunn, Dr Angela Brown Burke, and Mark Golding.

UN reps in attendance were Bruno Pouezat, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative; Mark Connolly, UNICEF representative; Dr Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, deputy resident representative, UNDP; Vincent Sweeny, Head of UN Environment; Lorna V Inniss, coordinator, Cartagena Convention Secretariat, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment; and Vieria Bermudez, representing the head of UNESCO. They were joined by PIOJ director general Dr Wayne Henry; director of social policy and planning at PIOJ Easton Williams; and director of economic affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Sharon Miller.

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