Dr. Gonsalves: SVG Receives Support In Its Bid For A Seat On The UN Security Council

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has already begun to receive support, in its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Word of this came from Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, during a News Conference on Monday, as he briefed the media on his recent trip to New York to attend the 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

The Prime Minister said St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the smallest country to have such an ambition.

The United Nations Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members: five permanent members and ten non-permanent. Each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement.

In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.