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Saint Lucia Elected Chair Of UN Decolonization Committee


Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) H.E. Menissa Rambally was elected chair of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24), during elections held at the organizational session of the C-24 on 16th February.

The Committee, which consists of 29 members, also elected the Ambassadors of Cuba, Indonesia, Sierra Leone as its three Vice-Chairs. and the Syrian Arab Republic as its Rapporteur.

In her statement following the election, Ambassador Rambally acknowledged the important work of her predecessor, Ambassador Keisha McGuire of Grenada, “who led the committee skillfully through the difficult period at the height of the global pandemic.” She further noted:

“The C-24 will remain true to its mandate entrusted upon by the General Assembly, and (will) fulfill that mandate in accordance with the UN Charter and relevant General Assembly resolutions. The C-24 will address the needs and situation of each Territory on its agenda, on a case by case basis, taking into account the Territory’s particular circumstances.”

Currently, there are seventeen, mostly island, non self-governing territories formally recognized by the UN General Assembly. The substantive work of the UN on self-determination of these territories is conducted by the Special Committee on Decolonization which was instrumental in Saint Lucia’s progression to independence.

Ambassador Rambally is scheduled to lead a United Nations Delegation to the UN Pacific Regional Seminar in Bali, Indonesia in May to review the progress achieved in the implementation of the Plan of Action for Eradication of Colonialism with specific emphasis on the Pacific territories. Saint Lucia was the host of the highly successful regional seminar in 2022 that focused attention on the Caribbean territories.

SOURCE: Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations

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  1. I had to go back and check the picture again. It certainly does not look like Menissa. Say no more. Quite honestly, I thought she no longer held this position because you hardly hear her name or see her in the public domain.

  2. These governmental press releases being spewed out, devoid of any linked details, are just affirmations that the “jobs for the boys and girls” programs remain in full effect, no matter which of the current political musical chairs winners (two cheeks of the same backside) is in control (denuded)!

    For instance, where can one find evidence of the skillfully completed work of decolonization in the Caribbean, which presaged the endeavors of the current leadership towards a similar outcome in the Pacific region?

    Every time I see the word “independence” related to St. Lucia, I am left with the impression that the bottom-dwellers we have abided since the beginning of adult suffrage in St. Lucia have lent meaning to it, “independent” of any authoritative English dictionary!


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