Sunday 15 September, 2019

St Vincent becomes smallest nation elected to UN Security Council

Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent said security issues from climate change is one of the reasons he wanted his island to be on the United Nations Security Council.

On Friday, St Vincent became the smallest island ever to be voted to the Security Council.

They beat El Salvador to represent the Latin American and Caribbean group.

They joined Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, Vietnam to be elected after a secret ballot.

Speaking to Loop at the Rum and Rhythm event sponsored by St Vincent in New York on Friday night, Gonsalves said peace and security for all made this election important to them.

“And to address some new issues on security such as security consequences from adverse climate change,” he said.

He said in the region they are also all concerned about the security implications that mass immigration from Venezuela poses to the region.

Describing the vote as historic, Gonsalves said it has been 20 years since the Caribbean had a country elected to the council.

He said Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Jamaica were the only islands from the region to be elected.

“This was an epic victory. 185 to six, we had a good campaign, we did our proposals and we endeared ourselves to all areas of the globe,” he said.

St Vincent and the four other States will take up their seats as non-permanent members of the Security Council in January 2020, replacing Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland.

According to the UN, every year, five countries are elected to the 15-member Council (10 of whom are non-permanent) for a two-year term, according to a geographical rotation set by the Assembly in 1963, to ensure fair regional representation: five from African and Asian and Pacific States; one from Eastern Europe; two from Latin American States; and two from Western European and Other States (WEOG).


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