Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is expected to address the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday afternoon.
The General Debate of the Assembly will begin tomorrow, and is scheduled to last for nine working days.
While in New York, Prime Minister Gonsalves is also participating in other round table discussions, including one with Ambassadors of the Latin American and Caribbean Group GRULAC.
That meeting was held to garner support for St. Vincent and the Grenadines campaign to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Speaking on Radio on Friday, the Prime Minister said the meeting was fruitful and he is optimistic about this country’s prospects of becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2020-2021.
Dr. Gonsalves explained that this country’s campaign to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council had started in 2009.
He noted that CARICOM has already endorsed St. Vincent and the Grenadines candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
The Prime Minister said that if successful, St. Vincent and the Grenadines would be the smallest country ever to be elected to sit on the UN Security Council and the first CARICOM Country in over 20 years to do so.
The elections are scheduled to be held in June 2019.
The 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly is being held under the theme “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies”.