Leading international spokesperson on the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals, Ambassador Dessima Williams, will deliver the annual Dialogue for Development Lecture of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) on December 5 in Kingston. Director General of the PIOJ, Dr Wayne Henry says that the selection of Ambassador Williams by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), to deliver the lecture, is an indication of the robust partnership between the United Nations organisation and the Government of Jamaica.
“We are excited at the choice of Ambassador Williams for our annual lecture,” Dr Henry said. “We look forward to her insights on the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in 2015; as the SDGs are strongly aligned with Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, the country’s strategic road map to achieving sustainable development by 2030”.
In 2016, Ambassador Dessima Williams was appointed by the President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson, as Special Advisor for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She is a former Permanent Representative from Grenada to the UN and former Chair of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS); an experienced negotiator and acknowledged to be a highly effective advocate on climate change and sustainable development. Ambassador Williams is a social development advocate, tertiary level professor and private sector investor.
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