NASSAU, The Bahamas, Wednesday June 19, 2019 – The Bahamas is making a bid to get a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council, but the vote it’s preparing for won’t be for another 12 years.
The disclosure was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement issued yesterday in response to a Letter to the Editor published in a local newspaper last week. It sought to clarify that The Bahamas did not contest the June 7th UN Security Council elections in which a single, non-permanent seat was open to the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) for the biennium 2020-2021. In fact, it said it had joined the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in endorsing St Vincent and the Grenadines, which secured membership in the first round of balloting with a 185-6 victory over fellow candidate El Salvador, to became the smallest nation to sit on the UN body that is charged with ensuring international peace and security
However, the Ministry said, The Bahamas has its eyes on a seat for itself in the future.
“The Bahamas has put forward its bid for membership on the Security Council for the biennium 2032-2033, election for which would be in 2031,” it stated.
“A seat on the Security Council is one of the most sought after UN bodies, and 2032 is the first available opportunity for The Bahamas to seek the seat for the GRULAC region. The Government of The Bahamas will call on the Bahamian public and the international community for support at the appropriate time.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also pointed out that, in recent times, the leadership of The Bahamas in the international arena has been demonstrated in many ways, including through securing seats on important UN organs, such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), to which The Bahamas has been elected successfully over the last 24 years, the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2017, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council and the Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2018.