Trinidad and Tobago has become one of three countries elected from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States to adopt a high level position with the United Nations (UN).
At a meeting last Friday (June of member states of the United Nations’ General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago was formally elected to serve as a vice-president of the 67th Session of the General Assembly for the period September 2012 to August 2013.
Vice-presidents assist the president of the General Assembly by chairing plenary meetings of various UN-related bodies and are normally represented by the Permanent Representative of elected countries.
Candidates from each of the five regional groups in the UN are elected annually to ensure as wide as possible geographic representation of vice- presidents in the work of the General Assembly.
Also elected was president of the 67th General Assembly Vuk Jeremic who has held the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia since May 15, 2007. He is expected to resign this post to take up the presidency of the General Assembly. This is the first occasion in recent times that Trinidad and Tobago has been elected to serve as a vice-president of a General Assembly.
It also comes on the heels of the election earlier this week of Commissioner Francis Charles as a member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Other nationals elected to UN-related bodies over the past year are: Justice Anthony Lucky to the International Tribunal to the Law of the Sea; Justice Anthony Carmona to the International Criminal Court; and Kishan Kumarsingh as co-chair for the years 2013 and 2014 of the Ad Hoc Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.