July 6, 2012 – Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Menissa Rambally, has taken over the Chair of the Caucus of CARICOM Permanent Representatives to the United Nations for the month of July. The Chair of the Caucus rotates monthly among the fourteen CARICOM Ambassadors.Ambassador Rambally said that “the opportunity to preside over the deliberations of the CARICOM group is an important duty for Saint Lucia at this juncture as it comes at the time when the region is closely involved in the negotiations at the U.N. headquarters on an Arms Trade Treaty.”
“The positive outcome of these negotiations is very important to Saint Lucia and to the region as a whole,” she explained, “and I am working closely with my colleagues from our region, the hemisphere and globally to ensure that the position of small states like Saint Lucia is reflected in the final text.”
The Ambassador also noted that the CARICOM Caucus will address a number of additional key issues during the month of July including the relevant agenda items on Economic and Social Development that will be considered at the 2012 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – one of the five organs of the United Nations.
“The role of small states in multilateral diplomacy is strengthened by close collaboration,” she observed, “and we will do our utmost to successfully guide the CARICOM discussions during this important period.”