St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be ramping up its bid to become a non permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council for the two year period 2020-2021.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves spoke on the issue at his first press conference for 2018, held yesterday January 2nd, 2018 at Cabinet Room.

He said that if elected, during the elections to be held in 2019, St. Vincent and the Grenadines would be the smallest country ever to be elected to that position to deal with issues pertaining to war and peace.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said this country had previously put forward a bid to become a non permanent member of the UN Security Council several years ago, but was unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gonsalves said St. Vincent and the Grenadines is continuing to play a leading role within several forums of the United Nations (UN).

Dr. Gonsalves said that up to September last year, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was chair of the fifth committee which deals with the budget and administration at the UN.

He said this country is currently one of the four vice-chairs of ECOSOC, the United Nations Economic and Social Council, one of the six main organs of the UN and which is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said St. Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to become the chair of ECOSOC in June.

He further noted that about two months ago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was elected to the 54 member executive committee of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the UN based in Paris.

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