The main opposition New Democratic Party in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) said Sunday that it, too, “takes great pride” in the country’s election to the United Nations Security Council.
The party’s statement spoke to its expectation of the next general election in SVG, expected to take place by December 2020, ahead of the March 2021 constitutional deadline.
“The NDP is ready to continue to take up SVG’s Security Council seat when the people of our country give us the mandate to form government,” the party said.
On Friday, SVG was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations’ highest decision-making body.
SVG will take up its seat on January 1, 2020.
With the election, SVG became the smallest country, by land mass and population, to ever sit on the Security Council.
The NDP said it believes that a seat on the UN Security Council “will raise the profile of SVG internationally and can bring valuable experience and opportunities to our country”.
“We expect that SVG will use this high-profile international position to demonstrate our longstanding belief in the principles of democracy, protection of human rights, collective security and the peaceful resolution of disputes and, to promote matters that affect us directly such as the destructive effects of climate change,” the party further stated.
“SVG must also capitalise on its higher visibility to promote, wherever possible, our economic interests such as the marketing of tourism and enhancing international economic ties.”
Among other things, the Security Council is concerned with promoting and ensuring international peace and security.
The council is comprised of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members, which serve two-year terms.
The non-permanent seats on the Security Council are distributed on a regional basis, into five blocs.
SVG belongs to the Latin American and Caribbean states group.
“We thank all countries who voted for SVG, especially the Latin American and Caribbean Countries who supported SVG’s candidacy from the regional bloc,” the NDP said.