President Savarin heads high-level delegation to UN

Charles SavarinPresident of the Commonwealth of Dominica, His Excellency Charles A. Savarin, is heading a high-level Dominican delegation to the United Nations Climate Summit and the General Debate for the 69th Session of the international body. Other members of the Dominican delegation include: Ambassador His Excellency Dr Vince Henderson, Dominica’s Permanent Representative to the UN; Ambassador Hubert Charles, Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, and Baroness Patricia Scotland.

The 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) convened on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The General Debate opens on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 with addresses from the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff and President of the United States of America Barack Obama.

President Savarin will deliver Dominica’s statement to the General Assembly on Friday, September 26, 2014. The statement will highlight Dominica’s achievements under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and concerns of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) especially the impact of climate change and the post-2015 agenda of the UN.

Dominica’s delegation also attended the General Assembly’s World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on Monday, September 22, 2014 and the Climate Summit on Tuesday, September 23, 20104. In addition to the General Debate, Dominica’s delegation will attend a number of high level meetings with bilateral and multilateral partners.

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61 Comments

  1. Malgraysa
    September 28, 2014

    Baroness Patricia Scotland in an interview in April 2006 with BLD (Black Lawyers Association) in the U.K.
    Question: “What is the best career advice you were given?”
    Answer:”Never become a Minister of State”
    Sound advice Lady. At least she is a proper QC and a Senior one at that, not some hick SC.

  2. jane messam
    September 27, 2014

    Some of you Dominican are so so sad. Appreciate your leaders and what they are trying to do for your country instead of knocking them all the time. Skerrit might be correct but most of the leaders in this world are also correct. Skerrit is making Dominica a much better place to live – slow it might be but the financial resources just isnt there – support the man!

  3. A Doubting Thomas
    September 27, 2014

    Thank You Mr. President you make us proud. That was a very well delivered address.

  4. Chow Mien
    September 26, 2014

    DNO, when you say ‘high level’ delegation do u say that with reference to their pay or to their level of incompetence?

  5. ebeh weh
    September 26, 2014

    Who gives a hoots!!!!!!

  6. THE TRUTH
    September 26, 2014

    I hope he’ll talk about tbe police brutallties/ corruptions that is going on in Dominica….

  7. shame
    September 26, 2014

    This is the day. This is the day. This is the day, Skerritt has made. Remember that song? Replaced the Lord with Sk………..

    The character of the person in any Public or Private Office is paramount in his ability to RULE or represent anybody.

    Savarin was forced onto the people of Dominica to occupy the Presidency.

    Remember the public outrage, concerns for so, re. both the Speaker and Savarin as President material for this Nature Isle? Remember who actually placed Savarin in that position?

    History will remind us all of the present President, unilaterally hand-picked. Something irregular in global politics. Savarin should never be authorised to address UN on Domestic matters as a non-Executive President. Obama of US, Rousseau of Brazil, Iran’s President and other Executive President’s do address the UN and have the authority, the Legal mandate as Executive Presidents. Who fooling who,?

    Savarin, it will be written on your tombstone, that you addressed the UN in the US. You care about nothing else. Meanwhile, the Tax-payers will continue to foot your bills.

    Whose fools are Dominicans?

  8. September 26, 2014

    LORD THANK YOU, YOU ARE WITH YOUR People.
    These are serious times. The events tells lots. The Time demands clarity of Choosing, Doing And Living As Asked. We Are Moving Ahead ACCORDING To THE WILL OF THE CCREATOR OF The Heavens And Earth.
    Will You Stand And Be Part Of This Special People A HOLY NATION?
    The high level delegation, Will We Be Given adequate, BOLD And Much Needed Representation As THE TIME Demands? How much of your plan consider the people so much so the people were involved and informed of the plan before leaving? Do you have a wide concerns of the people Truly Worthy And Ready for clear, factual And True Presentation.
    We Will Hear All you were given to say, if you are permitted to do likewise.
    Tuned In We Are At The Highest Area. Listening Well In THE PRESENCE OF ROYALTY ,GIVING THANKS FOR PRESENTATION AND REPRESENTATION We Are.

  9. The Facts
    September 26, 2014

    President Savarin and entourage have a safe trip to and from the US and enjoyable stay in the US. Hope to hear you and see you on TV.

  10. historian
    September 25, 2014

    Very interestnig that no one cared except 1 to comment on a head of state and diplomats going to the UN
    Seem Savarin is the bette noire of Dominca– no one cares where he goes !Sad that his going will cost the state so much !!
    Really Skerritt why Savarin? really as President is that not an adulteration of our History ?He who destroyed LABOUR is made KING BY LABOR-is that not ironic
    What really did Eluid Williams do to be kicked out so unceremoniously? when he spoon fed YOU GUYS AS YOUNG MINISTERS when he was PS and you gave him a contract to remain as your adviser ?

    • Anonymous
      September 29, 2014

      Worse than that. Mr. Savarin is not the bete noire, he is the bete rouge!

  11. Forever Amber
    September 25, 2014

    DNO, should we understand that Baroness Scotland of the United Kinbgdom is part of the Dominica delegation to the United Nations? If so, in what capacity?

  12. Horrified
    September 25, 2014

    As an Executive President Savarin has no place in engaging in multilateral discussions on behalf of Government. He is supposed to be non-partisan and not representing any Government in such meetings. This shows that the Labour Party knows nothing about protocol and this is a wrong precedent which makes nonsense of protocol governing the office of President. It is sadly apparent that this Labour Party government is ignorant of the role of the President or the responsibility which goes with it. . Worse yet, Savarin himself has demonstrated he himself does not understand his role or function.

    Would David Cameron send the Queen to engage in multilateral discussions on his behalf? Baroness Scotland herself ought to know better instead of pandering to the Labour Party government just to keep herself in the public eye. What a disgrace and a sham! Protocol has become distorted and Skerrit’s Advisers should correctly inform him on the correct form and practice to be followed in this case.

    Do not erase my comment

    • Horrified
      September 25, 2014

      Why is this comment awaiting moderation?

      • September 26, 2014

        Horried,
        This joke man. It is clear to all and sundry that Dominica has been the laughing stock. Just look at the quality of people who are advisors. Gobbles & wife(who think they are Bill& Hil) LMAO. who is on GIS who is on Kairi FM who is on the animal show as sidekicks it all a joke( even advisors who tried fooling God) what more can they bring to the dream Team?
        Just this morning I was listening to some news. In the State of Nevada USA there is currently nominations etc for NAVAJO chief on guy Chris Destiny is being hammered and ask to step aside as he does not speak Navajo good enough. lol! In DA we have a P.M who only does not command English nor Creole let alone French disqualifying him to hold his french Passport disqualifies him re: being from VC a Creole stronghold like G/bay . The English is a whole other matter! He was an English Teacher? Holly Cow!
        Who knows maybe e speaks Kalinago lol Who knew? lol
        Parra once told me back in the 80’s to be a leader one has to have a larger back than his followers. I totally comprehend. now .Thank Parra from the DLM days.Sad to see so many have circumed to ,gros Pwel ,opportunism ,Religon to name a few reasons.

      • September 26, 2014

        Meant Horrfied :-D guess someone was in a horry when they speak ej Medard , Blackbird/burn

    • Malgraysa
      September 26, 2014

      You are absolutely right. Mr. Savarin is not the leader of the country. If anyone, I would have expected mr. Skerrit, or perhaps mr. Henderson to address the U.N. on the latter’s behalf.
      I have a feeling that after being reminded of his plagiarised address in 2004 mr. Skerrit is too embarrassed to face the other world leaders again. Deep down the P.M. is very sensitive and has a precariously thin skin.

      • Anonymous
        September 27, 2014

        In case you are from another Planet, Mr. Savarin is the Head of State of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

      • Anonymous
        September 29, 2014

        Anonymous, don’t spin things like those people on the Heng. Nobody said mr. Savarin is not President. But he is not the leader of the country. That is two different things.

    • Me
      September 26, 2014

      I sympathize with your sentiments but please not. Mr. Savarin is President and not Executive President of Dominica, even more reason for decrying such a diplomatic faux pas.

    • Anonymous
      September 26, 2014

      Well said and also a total waste of tax payers money

      • Posse
        September 28, 2014

        Next time we will send you instead since you have more to offer than Savarin . Dominicans stop backing parties. Obama is in power not because black people voted him,but because All people came together black, white, rep, democrats. Stop bringing down your fellow men.

    • The Facts
      September 26, 2014

      President Savarin is representing Dominica, the Nation and the people.
      Your criticisms make no sense.

      • JoJo
        September 28, 2014

        The Fact is that a lot of people have never accepted the appointment of mr. Savarin as President and will never recognize him a such. He is too controversial and too divisive. He comes with too much baggage, a history that can not be unwritten. These are THE FACTS.

    • Anonymous
      September 27, 2014

      Your position does not arise. You may want to review some of the actions of the Queen of Britain before you write such nonsense. You are the one with the lack of understanding. Baroness Scotland knows her role despite your insult.

    • mujahardin
      September 28, 2014

      A point of correction. Saverin is a ceremonial president not an executive president. Barrack Obama is an executive president because he is the head of his cabinet of ministers referred to as Secretaries. Saverin is just the ceremonial head of state appointed by the elected members of parliament to serve.

  13. September 25, 2014

    President Savarin will deliver Dominica’s statement to the General Assembly on Friday, September 26, 2014.
    The General Debate opens on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 with addresses from the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff and President of the United States of America Barack Obama.
    Do my people get the joke? LMAO BC they have savarin on the same level with Obama & Rousseff Amazing absolutely amazing. They never fail to amuse us. I often wonder.

    • Malgraysa
      September 26, 2014

      Julien, there is one big fundamental difference of course. Mr. Savarin does not have any executive power. In a sense he is a figurehead, supposed to be impartial like the Queen of Gt. Britain.

  14. maynard
    September 25, 2014

    Take a bow Charlo, take a bow. Honestly, that is not a good idea, but, you are a big man.

    • September 26, 2014

      Was that advise from one Charles to another( former buddies b4 death and almost?)
      Thought you had passed last year Maynard!

    • Anonymous
      September 29, 2014

      Don’t worry Charlo, Maynard keeping a seat warm for you.

  15. anonymous2
    September 25, 2014

    The U.N. needs to be dissolved. It is not a place of prestige. It is a hypocritical, two faced organization set up for the end game of global control.

  16. truth will be reveal
    September 25, 2014

    Congratulations my President. May God grant you travelling mercies and may you muster the strength to deliberate and deliver well. WE are praying for you. Rest assured that you are covered completely by the blood of the lamb. God the Almighty Father is in control of everything. Enjoy your stay in the USA. Stand Tall.

    • September 26, 2014

      That’s exactly what’s keeping us back. this god business.

  17. September 25, 2014

    Hello and good afternoon my people. I would like to know if Mr Savarin is going to meet with the Dominica Community within the Tri State and if he is where this meeting will be held. We have many question as to the development of our Country and our investments.

    • The Facts
      September 26, 2014

      It would be a good idea but his itinerary may not include this and his time is too short. Maybe next time, Tony. :lol:

      • September 27, 2014

        To the Facts.

        Hello and good afternoon my people. I still think he should schedule some time to inform us about our Economy ,Security and Job creation . Anyway thanks.

  18. ATKINSON
    September 25, 2014

    :?:

  19. Commentry
    September 25, 2014

    BOOOOOO :oops:

  20. Bird's Eye
    September 25, 2014

    I see the DLP is making a big issue about plagiarism, yet they are willing to tolerate Vince Henderson assume the mantle of “Doctor”.Why does Henderseon insist on dressing himself in borrowed clothes?
    He is engaging in an act of deception and dishonesty when he knows his law degree is equivalent to an LLB, not the PHD in law he is seeking to convey.
    Henderson should cease trying to pull the wool over the public’s eye and cease portraying himself as more than he has actually accomplished.
    This is worse than plagiarism. A “juris doctor” is just another name for the holder of a bachelor’s degree in law. Just ask another Juris Doctor, Gabriel Christian who has the professional decency not to refer to himself as “Doctor”.

    • JoJo
      September 26, 2014

      Maybe he wants to emulate “Dr” Ambassador Aaron??

      • September 27, 2014

        who would want to? Any one but the Ambassador lol Yes Ambassadora not Ambassador

    • shaka zulu
      September 26, 2014

      I think he has a PhD in education. Somebody correct me if I am wrong.

      • Anonymous
        September 27, 2014

        Vince Henderson has no Ph.D. Period! If anyone thinks different let them come with the evidence.

      • Malgraysa
        September 28, 2014

        Vince Henderson has become too pompous for his own boots. A great pity because he definitely is intelligent. He got seduced by living high on the hog. I can’t see him ever return to the grind of living in Dominica and certainly not St. Joseph.

    • Me
      September 26, 2014

      You are right. Of course, Vince can call himself “Doctor” in the U.S.A. but Juris Doctor is really only a replacement for the old LL.B (i.e. a Batchelor degree) and he would have to pass a further exam for him to be licenced to practice in the United States.
      Personally I would not put it on par with a Ph.D. as understood by most people and in no way is comparable to the degree of Doctor of Law in the U.K., for instance.

  21. Horrified
    September 25, 2014

    How can an Executive President head a high level delegation and be engaged in multilateral talks on behalf of a Government! This is just not done. The President is supposed to be disengaged from such political discussions as he is not or is not supposed to be engaged in partisan politics. The Labour Party has really lost the plot and Protocol is now in a tailspin. By virtue of this action, they have demonstrated that they are totally ignorant of the role of the President and what the Office stands for.,

    Would David Cameron send the Queen to hold such discussions. Shame on all those people who fail to advise the Prime Minister properly. Baroness Scotland herself should hang her head in disgrace but it just goes to show what people will do just to keep themselves in the public eye.

  22. overseas dominican
    September 25, 2014

    I am a loss to understand the role of Savarin to speak at the UN .
    Please remind me of the precedents …
    To lead on bilateral and other Government initiatives is not the role of a President as per the norms of our constitution .
    Savarin has skillfully weaved his way throughout his career .first as the pugilist against THE LABOUR GOVERNMNET of EO LEBLANC ,PJ and OJ shutting down Dominica creating strikes threats to those governments creating revolution and attacks on the Labour Gorvenments BY STORMING THE PARLIAMENT of LEBLANC IN 1971.AND PJ IN 1979 whilst agitating for over 100% increase of pay for civil servants from OJ after a revolution and the worst Hurricane in history arranging to shut the country down calling the nurses and hospital on strike marching etc
    The smirk which we seeon ths picure of Savarin is vintage Savarin the man who believes he has fooled all .
    Eugenia after suing him effectively to attack leblanc ,PJ and OJ sent him awaas AMBASSDOR to avoid the snake biting her in turn
    His sellout as a sycophant to Skerritt is pure Savarin selling out the FREDOM PARTY to serve his self interest.
    The appointment of Savarin as PRESIDENT was a demonstration by SKERRITT of TOAL disrespect for the LABOUR PAR NA ITS HISTORY which he appropriated through a stroke of luck by his election as a young freedom party supporter by ROSIE DOUGLAS !!
    Now we see SKERITT,S HERO is the man wo brought down LABOUR ,,,SO HE GOES TO THE UN !!!!
    Normally the political Head of Government speak at the UN as did all our past Prime Ministers.
    PJ did not as PM as he served only 6 months and missed the usuual UN session. <Independence in 1978and ouster May 1979
    O.J did address the UN at the same time wih Castro in 1979
    Eugeina Charles did most of her term in office
    AND SO DID Edison James
    Is Skerritt getting cold feet ?

    • KayL
      September 26, 2014

      Not all Heads of Government speak, sometimes Heads of State (as Savarin is) do speak. Go find the list of speakers this year at http://www.un.org/en/ga

  23. Anonymous
    September 25, 2014

    Excellent, Your Excellencies!

  24. Anonymous
    September 25, 2014

    Dat he like !

  25. Righteous
    September 25, 2014

    http://www.dominicavibes.dm/news-143731/

    Great article: Dominica has made it clear to the international community that it holds no animus to homosexuals in a speech by Dominica’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Vince Henderson made that announcement during his address at the UN’s periodic review meeting in Geneva on September 19, 2014.

    Check it Out.

    One Love Dominicans!!!

    • Me
      September 26, 2014

      Why be so circumspect? No animus translated means “no hatred”.
      Why not be forthright and say so!

  26. Trre hit de Road
    September 25, 2014

    They cannot have a simple debate at home in Dominica to rescue the people of Dominica but they want to have International Debates. The Cart is clearly before the Horse With the DLP

    • The Facts
      September 26, 2014

      Dominicans rescued? From what? Are they in danger? Are you in danger?

  27. Mamizes
    September 25, 2014

    Enjoy your last trip Sir

  28. Anonymous
    September 25, 2014

    Why Patricia Scotland? I did not know she is a member of the Fominica government. That is an embarrassment really since she has been discredited here in the U.K. for employing an illegal immigrant while holding high office.

  29. Doc. Love
    September 25, 2014

    Enjoy your time while it last, how long not long. :mrgreen:

  30. Pondera
    September 25, 2014

    I wish our Dominica delegation God’s speed for a productive meeting. I am confident of President Savarin’s capacity to give optimum representation. Off-course he is accompanied by our rising star Dr Henderson.

    • truth will be reveal
      September 26, 2014

      Amen to that. True representation that’s what we will get from the President of Dominica. Let’s all stand tall and listen up. There is much to learn from such a brilliant figure. To all the critics, PLEASE TAKE A LEAF FROM HIS BOOK. It will be worth it all.

    • yes ii tell u
      September 26, 2014

      Vince has a bachelor’s degree in law thats all, vince eh no doctor…he eh hv phd….why would the man even allow ple to consider him as such its dishonest. …then again thats what laba daba is all about these days who can trust them..Shameful! !!!!!

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