Trinidad & Tobago at UN General Assembly 2010: Women, peace and security

29 September 2010

On 25 September 2010, the UN Secretary-General met with H.E. Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, in the margins of the 65th General Assembly. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar became the first woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on 26 May 2010, and is current Chair of the Commonwealth, and Chair of Caricom's High Level Group on Security. The meeting highlighted the importance of the fight against organised crime and small arms proliferation, not just for Trinidad and Tobago, but for the entire Caribbean region.

In her first statement made from the rostrum of the UN General Assembly, Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar made clear her government's commitments to women in the context of international security, including small arms control:

"Trinidad and Tobago is committed to advancing the peace and security agenda of the United Nations; my country's attachment to the promotion of women is equally strong.

This is why I want to announce that Trinidad and Tobago will introduce, in the First Committee of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament, international peace and security, a resolution on "women, disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation".

This statement is a clear acknowledgment that the pursuit of policies and actions on ‘women, peace and security’ must address small arms control and proliferation.