Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was on Friday elected to a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, becoming the smallest country to do so.
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque extended congratulations to the Government and People of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the historic achievement.
According to the UN website,
“the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.
The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.