Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines addresses the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018. (UN Photo/Cia Pak)

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.

8 replies on “Gonsalves leads 4-member delegation to UN General Assembly”

  1. Ricardo Francis says:

    I am certain that the public shall be very curious to know the nature of the meetings and more specifically the meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland.

    Again, the Pharaoh leader only tells you what he wants you to know, and not what the real facts and issues, are, concerning these meetings.

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines(SVG) is not your personal plantation and the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are not your personal slaves.

    The treasury of SVG is not your personal bank account.

    Ralph, the pharaoh leader is promoting Ralph: SVG is just his podium and stool to do so.

    How many properties do you own outside of SVG, Ralph?

    How many bank accounts do you have outside of SVG. Ralph?

    Where is the INTEGRITY legislation that you promised over 18 years ago?

    Did Vincent Beache take the INTEGRITY legislation to his grave?

    I shall not and shall never waiver and or surrender my views and believes.

    I am very fearless and courageous.

    Ricardo Francis, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Waiting and in the Making.

  2. Catherine James says:

    Why since they leave the country since Saturday, is only today, Wednesday, four days later, you all publishing this news?

  3. i’d love to know in what capacity Eloise Gonsalves is representing our country…. as part of a four person delegation?!

    1. STEPHEN HUGGINS says:

      A MATTER OF PROTOCOL.

      C’MON, my dear namesake, it is simply conventional practice and generally accepted protocol that a Prime Minister’s spouse formally and officially accompanies him on official occasions, including, particularly, visits to foreign countries and international events/occasions. Chief Ministers Ebenezer Theodore Joshua’s and Robert Milton Cato’s wives accompanied them on similar visits or diplomatic occasions, as a matter of course – – – with full public and popular acceptance.
      So, to did the wives of Prime Ministers Milton Cato, James Fitz-Allan Mitchell and Arnhim Eustace. This is a completely accepted practice in diplomacy and protocol.
      Besides, you do not really want the Head of Government of SVG galivanting around the world, doing consummate travels – – – without their spouses – – – do you ?
      I know that Peter Binose [Sr. ?] would take great pleasure in ruminating over the latter query,
      BUT, in all seriousness, Bro., your studies, observation and education ought to have prepared you for this phenomenon in question. But, I feel most strongly that such a challenge or query should never have even been mentioned – – – in the first place.
      Let us all put some sober thought into our critiques. I do not consider that in any way giving Commie Ralphie some sort of a “pass”. No, this is established diplomatic protocol.
      Indeed, our editor here or his agent(s) not infrequently choose not to publish my more nettlesome commentaries – – – – some of my very thorough critiques. My “MUGABE” post was delayed almost interminably lately, then unceremoniously discarded. This is not the first such occurrence. This latest case was decidedly not Akismet fault. Meanwhile, I had been urgently considering dissuading “Ben” from some disappointing action he was embarking on. Now, at this point, too, I also have been touched. And, I had held my shots over the two ‘youngish’ ulp-ites who were being cultivated for quite some time now – – – at least on of whom I have the Kenneth John “sneaking suspicion” was being used to [supposedly ‘legally’] vet some of our posts.
      I have always considered myself somewhat a person giving “CRITICAL SUPPORT” (unbelievably) to the incumbent regime. I have expanded on this mindset sometime time ago on the former WE-FM Forums. Thus suffers free thought and politico-ideological debate.
      In this scenario, ultimately our young nation loses. But, WHO CARES ?
      Freedom of thought, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression is constantly, and increasingly, being suppressed by myriad quarters – – – inclusive of some VERY surprising ones. Maybe BEN has a point.

      SVG,
      QUO VADIS ?

      Always,

      Steve Huggins.

      Black Nationalist;
      Amateur Local Historian.

  4. When we in SVG have a Government and Prime Minister in place, and they go abroad representing the nation, we would expect them to come back home with great Commercial Contracts of signed business deals, benefiting the nation’s Workers, rather than them traversing the world with a large begging bowl!

    See the example with India’s Narendra Modie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLdiZzz2yCQ as stated by the U.S President Donald Trump.

  5. Ralph Gonsalves is a political tourist and an international beggar, and scrounger.

    It amazes me that the UN are not aware of what is really going on.

    Riccardo Francis I partially blame you for Ralphs behaviour. He is your cousin and he has excluded you from the Francis/Gonsalves dynasty. But you do not do enough, do not say or write enough about him.
    Tell the folks more about what you know, its important.

  6. Ricardo Francis says:

    Jolly Green is not your proper legal name, in my view.

    I have indicated to you,previously, on this forum that you have no knowledge and or information about me, and as such should not be making statements, such as those in the above.

    Again, you may have known me in the past and has an agenda.

    There are very few people, who really know anything about me.

    You appear to defend those who are residing on some of our prime real estate. My position on the real estate issue stands.

    Forensically speaking, I am of the view that you may be residing in Canada, and is a past supporter of the ULP.

    Ricardo Francis, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Waiting and in the Making.

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