His Excellency Marks World Day of Social Justice

On World Day of Social Justice, we pause to recognise Social Justice in addressing some of the most pressing human concerns such as poverty, exclusion, gender equality, unemployment, human rights, and social protection. When we work together to tackle these issues, we create opportunities for social solidarity, peace, and equality.

Across the world, many organisations and Heads of Government are being guided by this year’s theme: A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has tested many assumptions about how we do business and pursue public education in a virtual space. As we transition this new paradigm in Jamaica, we must ensure that no one is left behind and that fundamental human rights and freedoms are upheld. Digital transformation should create opportunities and not further isolate the vulnerable.

Within the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), we continue to encourage corporate sponsors and ‘I Believe’ Ambassadors to support causes at the national and community levels that bring resources to those likely to be affected by the virtualization of learning and business. Today, February 20, 2021, I am renewing this call to my fellow Jamaicans.

I also join with the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL) as they mark this year’s occasion with an interactive online session. FOWPAL recognizes the interconnected nature of human and social life and inspires kindness and positivity among all nations.

Social Justice creates an enabling environment for economic and social development. People are at the centre of this type of growth and their advancement is important to sustainable development.

The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) subscribes to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will this year align our activities, particularly the Youth Consultative Conference with this mission.

Let us take this opportunity on the World Day of Social Justice to refuel our commitment to this central cause and to note that while significant progress has been made, there is much more that needs to be done.