CARICOM Chairman’s message on St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ election to the UN Security Council

St. Vincent PM Ralph Gonsalves at the UN

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, has hailed the election of St Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations Security Council as a victory for small states.

“The importance of multi-lateral fora being seen to cater for all nations is critical to their credibility”, the Chairman said.

St Vincent and the Grenadines, CARICOM’s candidate, was elected to the non-permanent seat reserved for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States for the two-year term 2020-2021 with 185 votes of the 193 available.  In so doing, it became the smallest State ever to be elected to the Council.

Prime Minister Harris noted that challenges to international peace and security have become more complex and diverse. He also is aware of the adverse effects of climate change on small island nations.

“It therefore means that there is greater necessity for different perspectives to be brought to bear on issues before the Security Council that threaten international peace and security.  Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States (SIDS), such as those that comprise the Caribbean Community should therefore have a seat at the table,” the Prime Minister said.  “The election of St. Vincent and the Grenadines marks another important milestone in this regard,” he added.

The CARICOM Chairman recalled a proposal put forward by the Community in the inter-governmental negotiations on Security Council reform that a rotating seat be reserved for SIDS, as part of the package of reforms of the Council now the subject of negotiations. This is indeed a proud moment for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and by extension the entire region.

“I have no doubt that the views and concerns of small states will be well represented by St Vincent and the Grenadines. Our Community stands ready to support our Member State as it embarks on this important assignment,” Prime Minister Harris stated.

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5 Comments

  1. Galileo
    June 11, 2019

    Are you all aware that St Vincent was the Caricom’s candidate? Dominica is a member of Caricom, so Dominica won. United Workers Party supporter I warning you again. Let’s leave these petty and infantile issues alone. Let’s focus on real matters like the cost of living, port duties, quality of life etc. Leave these none issues alone it will get us nowhere.

  2. bim
    June 11, 2019

    Dont fool yourself, st vincent is not doing well, its just that dominica is doing twice as worst as st vincent, now tell me, in what way does the people of st vincent benefits from this, in what way does this help the economy. Nada.

    • Speak the truth
      June 12, 2019

      You are a full time ….., If you don’t understand anything about policy ask questions. Dominica is a stagnant country, SVG is multi island country with one billion budget. Ask yourself what can I do for my country, and stop try to pull down success in another man country…

  3. Anonymous
    June 11, 2019

    St. Vincent is doing well, their international relationship is good and their economy is doing well inspire of not having billions at their disposal from selling passports. But then again Roosevelt was fooled by Gonsalves concerning
    the international airport.

  4. Truth Be Told
    June 10, 2019

    Meanwhile back in backward Dominica, Prime Minister takes wife to UN for fun, joke and pleasure, and the people clap and celebrated!

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