Sun | Jun 16, 2019

St Vincent and the Grenadines elected to UN Security Council

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 2:57 PM
The United Nations Security Council meets on the situation between Britain and Russia, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – St Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday became the smallest country to be elected to the United Nations Security Council.

The country’s candidacy for the Security Council for the term 2020-2022 received 185 votes after a 10-year campaign. 

The multi-island nation of 110,000 people said its bid was grounded in “our respect for sovereignty, diversity of views, dialogue and peace and development”.

“We are committed to the bedrock foundations of the UN Charter, namely sovereign equality, non-interference, and non-intervention in domestic affairs, and collective cooperation in solving global problems,” the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement.

“We believe that solidarity, consensus-building, integration, and multilateral cooperation are key to solving the world’s problems.”

The council composes 15 members. 

There are five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.

St Vincent and the Grenadines has been elected as a non-permanent member.

St Vincent said its “international agenda for corrective action” includes – tackling terrorism (whether state-sponsored or not); stemming the spread of weapons of mass destruction; dealing seriously with human trafficking and taking a stand against illegal drugs and small arms.

St Vincent first announced its candidacy a decade ago when it initially withdrew its bid after some member of the 15-member regional bloc, CARICOM, indicated that they had pledged their support to another candidate. 

The statement said small size is no impediment to impactful contributions on the world stage.

“St Vincent and the Grenadines has played a leadership role in the UN’s post-Financial Crisis response; in revitalisation of the General Assembly; in Security Council Reform; in advancing the Law of the Sea; in Small Arms control; in ambitious measures to combat Climate Change; in the global response to Non-Communicable Diseases; and in pushing the agenda for reparations for native genocide and African slavery.”

Most recently, St Vincent chaired the Administrative and Budgetary Committee of the United Nations and currently serves as the president of the Economic and Social Council.

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