Ambassador Marks began her accreditation process by presenting her credentials to the OAS Secretary General, his Excellency Luis Almagro, at a ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at the OAS headquarters on Thur. Sept. 29.
In presenting her credentials, Ambassador Marks used the opportunity to underscore Jamaica’s commitment 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,” Ambassador Marks said.
She added that Jamaica is “willing to work constructively towards the fulfillment 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.”
The ambassador told the large gathering of ambassadors and members of the permanent council that she is “interested in working closely with the Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General, as well as colleague Permanent Representatives, in this challenging time for the Organization, to ensure that it fulfills the objectives outlined in the Strategic Vision for a more efficient, effective and responsive Organization.”
Ambassador Marks pointed out that member states all share similar goals for a free and peaceful hemisphere, but there were challenges that “we face in this region.”
Chief among these challenges, she outlined, were education, training and employment for youths, violence against women and the “exploitation of our children, climate change and the threat posed especially to the very economic survival of small states, which too often have to rebuild most if not all of their infrastructure after the passing of a severe weather condition.”
Other challenges she expressed were organized crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms smuggling and the “unacceptably high murder rates, particularly due to gun violence.”
She pledged Jamaica’s continued strong and full support for the OAS and its mandate.
In his remarks, OAS Secretary General Almagro lauded Jamaica for its “substantial contributions” to the OAS and the permanent council.
He said the OAS “highly appreciate Jamaica’s contribution to peace and justice, to the development of democracy and human rights” and wish that Jamaican will continue to sustain these values.
Secretary General Almagro added that Mark’s 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,”
Prior to the OAS ceremony, Ambassador Marks also presented a copy of her credentials to the Ambassador Peter Selfridge, chief of protocol at the US State Department, during a brief ceremony at the state department.
Jamaica’s Alternate Representative to the OAS, Mrs. Julia Hyatt, along with Deputy Chief of Missions at Embassy of Jamaica, Mrs. Marsha Coore Lobban and Minister Council for Trade, Mrs. Avril Bowen, accompanied Ambassador Marks at the presentation ceremony.
- Countries: Jamaica