Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Today, November 1, 2020, St. Vincent and the Grenadines assumes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for one month ending November 30, 2020.
This is SVG’s first and only presidency during the country’s stint on the council and forms part of the SVG’s responsibility as a non-permanent member, the Foreign Ministry says.
According to the United Nations website, The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ presidency of the United Nations Security Council, during the month of November, aims to address contemporary challenges which include: Pandemics, Environmental Challenges, Climate Change, and its security consequences, and the Nexus between Development and Peace and Security.
St. Vincent and and the Grenadines made history in 2019, becoming the smallest nation to win a seat as a non-permanent member on the United Nations Security Council.
After a long campaign by the Unity Labour Party government led by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, the country managed to secure 185 votes to 6 against El Salvador to win the election for the position.
The country officially assumed its position on January 2, 2020. It will serve on the council for two years, ending it’s tenure on December 31, 2021.
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