“A flag raising ceremony to mark Jamaica’s 50th anniversary as a member of the United Nations (UN) will be held today at the organisation’s New York headquarters.

The event, which gets underway at 11:00 am, will be attended by the president of the General Assembly, New York state and city officials who are Jamaican either by birth or descent, ambassadors, including those of countries that co-sponsored the General Assembly resolution providing for Jamaica’s admission, and other dignitaries.

Jamaica became a member of the world body of nations on September 18, 1962. As a responsible member of the global community, Jamaica has spearheaded debates on critical issues of international concern such as the empowerment of women, human rights, non-communicable diseases, racial discrimination, and the abolition of slavery”. – from The Jamaica Observer


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