Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines: On Friday 7th June 2019, our beloved country secured a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
The NDP, along with the Government and people of SVG, takes great pride in this achievement.
The Security Council is one of the major organs of the United Nations and is concerned with, among other things, promoting and ensuring international peace and security. It is comprised of five permanent members and ten non-permanent members.
The latter serve for two years. St. Vincent and the Grenadines will take up its seat on January 1, 2020. The NDP is ready to continue to take up SVG’s Security Council seat when the people of our country give us the mandate to form government.
The non-permanent seats on the Security Council are distributed on a regional basis, into five blocs. SVG belongs to the Latin American and Caribbean states group. We thank all countries who voted for SVG, especially the Latin American and Caribbean Countries who supported SVG’s candidacy from the regional Bloc.
The New Democratic Party believes that a seat on the UN Security Council will raise the profile of SVG internationally and can bring valuable experience and opportunities to our country.
We expect that SVG will use this high-profile international position to demonstrate our longstanding belief in the principles of democracy, protection of human rights, collective security and the peaceful resolution of disputes, and to promote matters that affect us directly such as the destructive effects of climate change.
SVG must also capitalize on its higher visibility to promote wherever possible our economic interests, such as the marketing of tourism and enhancing international economic ties.