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On November 1st, 2020, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), will assume the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), for one month, ending November 30th, 2020. This is SVG’s first and only presidency during the country’s stint on the council, and forms part of its responsibility as a non-permanent member.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ presidency, 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.

Key events for the month of November include:

  1. November 2nd, 2:00 p.m.: Press briefing – The briefing will be conducted by Hon. Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and will be streamed live from http://webtv.un.org/. The event will also be streamed live from the Facebook pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, and the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, and will be aired on the 'Eye on Government' programme hosted by the Agency for Public Information.

  2. November 3rd, 9:30 a.m.: (Signature event) – Security Council Virtual Open Debate under the agenda theme “Peacebuilding and Sustainable Peace: Contemporary Drivers of Conflict and Insecurity”. This high level Virtual Open Debate will be chaired by the Hon. Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The event will be streamed live from http://webtv.un.org/. The event will also be streamed live from the Facebook pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce and the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, and will be aired on the 'Eye on Government' programme hosted by the Agency for Public Information.

  3. November 4th: Meeting of the Police Commissioners of the UN Peacekeeping Missions; intended to highlight issues affecting Haiti.

  4. November 16th: Peace and security in Africa [G5 Sahel]

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was officially elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and officially assumed its position on January 2, 2020, which runs for a period of two years; culminating on December 31, 2021.

 

SOURCE: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce