Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is attending the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Gonsalves left St. Vincent on Saturday at the head of a four-member delegation, the other members of which are Minister of Foreign Affairs Sir Louis Straker, Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves, and the prime minister’s wife, Eloise Gonsalves.
The delegation is expected to engage in a number of events and bi-lateral meetings over the course of the one-week high-level session.
On Monday, Gonsalves addressed a high-level meeting on universal health coverage as well as attended the Climate Action Summit and the ALBA-TCP Political Council meeting, where he presented the political declaration.
There were also bilateral meetings with high-level representatives from a number of countries including Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar, President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, Vice President of Cote d’Ivoire Daniel Kablan Duncan and the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
During this visit, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is also expected to establish diplomatic relations with at least two countries and engage in discussions with a number of representatives from other countries on a range of issues.
This 74th General Assembly Session is the first meeting of the 193 member body that SVG is attending since being elected by 185 members of this very body, to serve as a non-permanent member on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2020-2021.
Gonsalves is expected to address the General Assembly on Friday afternoon during the general debate, which began on Tuesday.
On Saturday, Gonsalves will host a town hall meeting where he will engage Vincentians living in the New York area.
Minister of Housing, Montgomery Daniel is acting prime minister during Gonsalves’ absence.
The prime minister is expected to return to SVG on Tuesday, Oct. 1.