Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd has lobbied the Permanent Representatives of the Group of Latin America and Caribbean States (GRULAC) at the United Nations to support Guyana’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the period 2024-2025.
Minister Todd made the pitch on Wednesday during a meeting with the officials of the Latin America group at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
According to a statement, in outlining Guyana’s vision, Minister Todd said should the country be elected to a non-permanent seat on the security council, significant attention will be placed on climate change, food insecurity and conflict; Children in armed conflict; Youth, peace and security; Women, peace and security and; Peace building and conflict prevention.
The election is scheduled to be held on June 6, 2023 in New York.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said the Latin America and Caribbean family has made significant contributions to international peace and security, including through the establishment of the region as a Zone of Peace.
“Countries from the region, big and small, that have served and are currently serving on the Council, have proven that the region punches above its weight in this regard,” a section of the statement read.
Minister Todd assured that Guyana’s term will not be a national flag waving moment but a continuity of GRULAC’s contribution to peace and security.
Minister Todd emphasized the importance of the United Nations Charter as well as the importance of multilateralism in safeguarding the independence and security of States, especially for Small States like Guyana.
GRULAC is allocated two of the ten non-permanent seats on the Council, currently held by Brazil and Ecuador.
Guyana submitted its candidacy to GRULAC in 2011 and is the region’s sole candidate for the one vacant seat. It has received the confirmed support of all thirty-two members of GRULAC, the Guyana Government has said.