Am­bas­sador Marks presents cre­den­tials to OAS

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL | SOMETHING EXTRA -

Wash­ing­ton, DC (JIS): JA­MAICA’S AM­BAS­SADOR to the United States, Au­drey Marks, pre­sented her cre­den­tials as Ja­maica’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States (OAS) to OAS Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Luis Al­ma­gro, last week.

The am­bas­sador said Ja­maica is com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ples and ob­jec­tives of the OAS.

“These prin­ci­ples in­clude the pro­mo­tion of democ­racy, the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights, the main­te­nance of peace and se­cu­rity, and the ad­vance­ment of sus­tain­able eco­nomic devel­op­ment through­out the hemi­sphere,” she said. Am­bas­sador Marks said Ja­maica was will­ing to work con­struc­tively to­wards the ful­fil­ment of the man­dates em­a­nat­ing from the Sum­mit of the Amer­i­cas and the Gen­eral Assem­bly, which were held in April 2015 and June of this year, re­spec­tively. Am­bas­sador Marks said she will be work­ing closely with the sec­re­tary gen­eral, the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral, as well as col­league per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in this chal­leng­ing time for the OAS, to en­sure that it ful­fils the ob­jec­tives out­lined in the strate­gic vi­sion for a more ef­fi­cient, ef­fec­tive and re­spon­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion.

She em­pha­sised that all mem­ber states share sim­i­lar goals for a free and peace­ful hemi­sphere, but noted that there are chal­lenges. Chief among these chal­lenges, she out­lined, are ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and em­ploy­ment for youth, vi­o­lence against women, ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren, and cli­mate change. In his re­marks, Al­ma­gro lauded Ja­maica for its con­tri­bu­tion to peace and jus­tice and to the devel­op­ment of democ­racy and hu­man rights. He said Am­bas­sador Marks’ con­tri­bu­tion to the OAS would be very im­por­tant at this time, given her out­stand­ing back­ground com­ing from the pri­vate sec­tor.

“Your work here at the OAS will be very im­por­tant to all of us,” he said. Be­fore the OAS cer­e­mony, Am­bas­sador Marks also pre­sented her cre­den­tials to Am­bas­sador Peter Sel­fridge, chief of pro­to­col at the US State De­part­ment.


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