Former St Lucia Permanent Representative to the United Nations Menissa Rambally has launched a coffee-table book which documents the island’s presence at the United Nations since it attained Independence in 1979.
The book is entitled, St Lucia – the United Nations journey 1979-2016.
“It is a gift from me to the nation as a token of my gratitude for having had the privilege to serve St Lucia in the capacity as one of its Permanent Representatives at the United Nations,” Rambally said during the book launch on Monday.
The book was launched as part of the 2018 Nobel Laureate Festival Program. It took place under the patronage of Dame Pearlette Louisy, Chair of the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee.
Rambally said her inspiration to write the book came after she took up her appointment in New York and was struck by the illustrations of service of her predecessors.
“Our reputation had been set on a trajectory that made me proud as a young St Lucian, but more so, that reputation inspired and encouraged me to maintain the standards that had been set by my predecessors. This moved me to find some way to capture a snapshot of a piece of history,” Rambally added.
The publication, Rambally said, pays homage through a collection of photographs and quotations of distinguished St Lucians who left their mark in the halls of the United Nations.
“My hope is that this book will inspire something. It will speak to who we are and it will speak a different dialogue that can inspire our nation to find the best in us,” Rambally said.
The limited print edition of the book will be available at the National Archives, Central Library and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College library among others venues, free of charge.