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Government of Jamaica


High Level Political Forum 2022, July 5–18: Highlights

Jamaica's Participation

Tuesday July 5 to Monday July 18

News Releases:

Jamaica prepares to Deliver Second Report to the UN of Progress Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, July 5 to 18

Jamaica’s Move to Develop a Risk Financing Policy will Underpin Acquisition of Catastrophe Bonds


Download your free copy of the VNR below:

Voluntary National Review Report on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals



Dr Wesley Hughes, Representative of the Private Sector: Mobilization and Sharing Science, Technology, and Innovation for an SDG driven recovery



Martlet Wellington, Director of Planning for the Trelawny Municipal Council: Acting at the Local Level


WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2022 (Virtual Event, Jamaica Time)

12:00 Noon – 1:30PM

Financing for Development: Catastrophe Bonds
The Jamaica proposed side event “Financing for Development: Catastrophe Bonds” will focus on how catastrophe bonds can be used by small states for disaster risk reduction and the role of international partners in supporting their preparation and issuance. This specific emphasis arises from the need for countries facing the vulnerabilities to natural disasters to provide a financial cover that does not lead to further indebtedness and increase the speed of financing post disaster. The event serves to: • Identify and discuss the emerging challenges in financing for SIDS • Identify best practice in development financing for disaster risk reduction • Promote further collaboration among states and partners.

Senator The Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade: Opening Remarks, Side Event: Financing for Development: Catastrophe Bonds

Dr Wayne Henry, PIOJ Director General: Remarks, Side Event: Financing for Development: Catastrophe Bonds

Mrs Marsha Henry-Martin, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development: A Risk Informed Approach to Development in a COVID-19 Transformed World 



FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2022 (Virtual Event, Jamaica Time)

8:00 AM – 9:00AM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations from July 5 to 18. Jamaica will participate in several public events at the forum, which lead up to the presentation of the country’s second voluntary national report (VNR) on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Friday July 15. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and the Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will present Jamaica’s VNR in a group with the Italian Republic and the African Kingdom of Lesotho. The presentation is a global opportunity for countries to share national experiences with a view to accelerating implementation of the SDGs.
The HLPF will meet under the theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” 

News Release: Jamaica Delivers Second Voluntary National Report on the SDGs to the UN, July 15

Dr Wayne Henry, PIOJ Director General: How the UN RCO Supports the VNR Process

Jamaica presents the Voluntary National Review, July 15




Contact: Sustainable Development Goals Secretariat
                 Phone: 876 935-5070 | 876 935-5177 | 876 804-5491

HLPF 2022 Side Event


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