Regional C24 Decolonization Seminar for the Pacific opens in Saint Lucia
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip J Pierre, will officially open this Wednesday, May 11, a United Nations seminar on decolonization, which will be held at the Sandals Grande hotel until May 13, 2022.
The Pacific Regional Seminar is held under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly Special Committee on Decolonization, commonly referred to as the C-24.
The seminar is organized annually for the C-24 to obtain the views of representatives of Non-Self-Governing Territories, Member States, members of civil society and other stakeholders on policies that can assist the Committee special in advancing the process of decolonization.
The theme of the 2022 seminar is “Progress of the Non-Self-Governing Territories through the Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) Pandemic and Beyond”.
It will be chaired by Ambassador Keisha Aniya McGuire, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN and current Chair of the Special Committee, C24.
There are seventeen Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs) under the responsibility of the Special Committee: American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Gibraltar, Guam, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Pitcairn , Saint Helena, Tokelau, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands and Western Sahara.
The administering powers are France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Around 100 participants, including members of the Special Committee, other United Nations Member States, administering Powers, as well as representatives of Non-Self-Governing Territories, civil society, non-governmental organizations, experts and regional organizations enrolled in the seminar.
In addition to Prime Minister Hon. Philip J Pierre, the seminar will include an address by C-24 Chairman Ambassador McGuire and a video message from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Saint Lucia is an island-nation in the Caribbean, north of Trinidad and Tobago, since 1814 British colony which in 1967 obtained self-government and in 1979 independence. She is a member of the Commonwealth.